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July 18, 2015 - 8:05pm
1 week 2 days ago

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters are crediting a bystander with saving a woman's life when he broke out a window and pulled her from a burning vehicle at an Oregon gas station.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue says the vehicle and a gas pump were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived Saturday at the gas station in the Portland suburb of Beaverton.

The woman was taken to a hospital to treat non-life-threatening injuries from smoke...

July 18, 2015 - 8:02pm
1 week 2 days ago

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Swimsuits are taking Miami Beach by storm on the third day of Swim Week.

The prominent swimwear fashion show has been going on for over a decade and brings top names in the swimwear industry to showcase their designs. Upcoming designers will also make their debut.

This year's show was put together without the show's main sponsor Mercedes Benz and organizer IMG. Designer Lulu Zagame called the withdrawal "unexpected," but said...

July 18, 2015 - 6:50pm
1 week 3 days ago

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The church of a Chicago-area woman found hanged inside a Texas jail cell earlier this week is planning a prayer walk Sunday in her honor as an investigation into her death continues.

Authorities say Sandra Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag three days after being pulled over by police for a traffic violation and then arrested for allegedly kicking an officer during the stop, but friends and family have questioned that account. The 28-year-old...

July 18, 2015 - 6:16pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Alaska Airlines plane carrying 159 passengers made a safe emergency landing in Los Angeles after it was struck by lightning.

Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the flight left Los Angeles International Airport around 12:40 p.m. Saturday and returned within the hour. The flight had been heading to Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C.

Egan says passengers on board didn't feel anything when the lightning struck, and that...

July 18, 2015 - 5:41pm
1 week 3 days ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has led the eulogies for D'Army Bailey, a lawyer and judge who helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum.

Bailey died last Sunday at age 73 after a long illness.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1MhNoOn ) reports that at his funeral Saturday, Clinton said the Lorraine Motel might be a...

July 18, 2015 - 5:33pm
1 week 3 days ago

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal investigators are expected to arrive at the site of a fatal plane crash in southeast Alaska.

Pilot Fariah Peterson of Birmingham, Alabama, was killed in the Friday crash of the Wings of Alaska flight that was also carrying four passengers.

The Cessna 207 departed from Juneau and was headed to the community of Hoonah.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says rescuers will try again Saturday...

July 18, 2015 - 4:57pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people taunted each other on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse during separate rallies staged by two groups from outside the state.

Black Educators for Justice, based in Jacksonville, Florida, held its rally Saturday on the north side of the Statehouse, where the Confederate flag was removed earlier this month. Later, the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally on the opposite side of the...

July 18, 2015 - 4:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders.

Sanders, who had been driving a horse and buggy died after a fight Wednesday with a Stonewall police officer in neighboring Lauderdale County. There is no consensus of what occurred that night.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death.

WTOK-TV in Meridian...

July 18, 2015 - 4:53pm
1 week 2 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — A team at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit appears to have fallen short of building the world's largest chain reaction machine.

Lead builder Steve Price says while the machine ran from start to finish, some individual sections failed — which he believes meant there weren't enough completed steps to break the record. Organizers are still awaiting a Guinness World Records review.

The machine activated Saturday featured about a half...

July 18, 2015 - 4:48pm
1 week 3 days ago

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing has found a pacifier recovered in an isolated area belonged to a 6-month-old baby reported missing by her father, who was killed in a confrontation with deputies.

The Record Searchlight reports (http://bit.ly/1fTTgQS ) the pacifier previously had been identified by Ember Graham's mother as belonging to her baby.

Ember was reported missing July 2 by her father, Matthew Graham....

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