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July 23, 2015 - 1:56pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Scandal-tarred former congressman Anthony Weiner has a new job as a part-time public relations consultant.

The firm MWW announced Thursday that Weiner will join its board of advisers. The company said Weiner will be a consultant on public policy and new business development and will not service clients directly.

Weiner represented a Brooklyn and Queens district in Congress until he resigned over sexually explicit texts and social...

July 23, 2015 - 1:53pm
1 week 3 days ago

SPOTSWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A man who police say sneaked into a central New Jersey home and hid under a bed for three days before he was found was the ex-boyfriend of the homeowners' daughter.

Spotswood police say Jason Hubbard was charged with burglary in the incident, which occurred in May. He's also charged with theft of services because he allegedly charged his four cellphones in an electrical outlet under the bed.

Margaret Adamcewicz tells WABC-TV (...

July 23, 2015 - 1:48pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is voicing support for gay rights in Africa as he begins a trip to the continent.

Obama is flying Thursday to Kenya for his first stop of the trip. He says in a BBC interview taped just before he left that he disagrees with Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto, who has criticized gay rights in the U.S.

Obama is likening gay rights to women's rights, religious rights and civil rights. He says as someone with...

July 23, 2015 - 1:45pm
1 week 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal jury has concluded that a Maine activist who publicized sexual abuse accusations against a Haiti orphanage founder defamed the man and a charity, awarding more than $14 million in damages.

The jury ruled against Paul Kendrick on Thursday even though seven accusers testified that they were sexually abused by orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld in Haiti.

Geilenfeld said Kendrick made unsubstantiated accusations that...

July 23, 2015 - 1:43pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold is scheduled for 2016, and will be launched with a prime-time interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.

Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday that Sue Klebold's "A Mother's Reckoning" will be published Feb. 16. The book was first announced last fall, but didn't have a title or release date.

Sue Klebold's interview with Sawyer will air around publication. It will be...

July 23, 2015 - 1:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's state fair board and its parks department have taken stands against the sale of Confederate battle flag merchandise.

The fair board voted Thursday to prohibit the sale or giveaway of items displaying the battle flag. The ban applies to the state fairgrounds and a Louisville convention center the fair board operates.

NAACP leader Raoul Cunningham says the action represents progress against "hate literature." Fair...

July 23, 2015 - 1:30pm
1 week 3 days ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have identified the best bet yet for an Earth-like planet that might harbor life.

The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA's Kepler space telescope.

This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits its star at about the same distance that Earth orbits the sun. What's more, its home star looks to be similar to...

July 23, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 week 3 days ago

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The submarine that visited the deepest spot in the world's oceans has been scorched when a truck transporting the vessel caught fire on a Connecticut highway.

State Police responded to the Thursday fire on a truck transporting the Deepsea Challenger on Interstate 95 in North Stonington.

Filmmaker and ocean explorer James Cameron piloted the submersible in 2012 to a depth of nearly 35,800 feet in the deepest spot on the...

July 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war with Israel last summer destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure.

The long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah, a hard-hit neighborhood of Gaza City, on Thursday, giving residents a rare glimmer of hope.

Over 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed in the 50-day war between...

July 23, 2015 - 1:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ameren Corp. nuclear power plant in central Missouri is shut down for the second time in eight months after a "non-emergency" leak in the reaction control system.

The shutdown occurred at 1:15 a.m. Thursday at the plant near Fulton. Jeff Trammel of St. Louis-based Ameren called it a "minor steam leak." He said no one was hurt and there was no risk to the public.

Ameren officials are investigating the cause of the leak. Trammel...

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