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July 15, 2016 - 2:43pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mother Nature is delaying some travelers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport — and the weather has nothing to do with it.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says nearly 400 diamondback terrapin turtles have laid eggs and built nests in the area around the airport this year. Some of the turtles wander into the paths of airplanes preparing to take off.

The turtles' normal habitat is the nearby Jamaica Bay salt...

July 15, 2016 - 2:31pm
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Caretakers are raising three bear cubs after their mother was struck by a car and killed in Yosemite National Park.

KCRA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29JAgnL ) the 5-month-old cubs that weigh less than 10 pounds each are being cared for at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

Their mother was killed on the Fourth of July. Yosemite workers were able to catch the cubs, which would have died without help, shortly after their mother was...

July 15, 2016 - 2:03pm
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OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says three women and a child died when their car drove off Interstate 95 in central Florida and plunged into a pond.

Sgt. Kim Montes said in a news release that the car overturned when it hit the pond Friday morning.

Montes says troopers haven't released the names or ages of the women and the child. But she said troopers believe the victims are not from Florida.

Investigators say...

July 15, 2016 - 1:57pm
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LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fire marshal says a heat lamp sparked last month's fire that killed more than 7,000 baby turkeys in Lancaster.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Lancaster Fire Chief Michael Hanson say the June 30 fire at Bob's Turkey Farm was caused by either a mechanical or an electrical failure of a newly installed propane-fueled heat lamp.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, but the farm said the blaze would affect the...

July 15, 2016 - 1:55pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Navy officials say they will not fund blood tests for tens of thousands of suburban Philadelphia residents who may have been exposed to contaminated water.

Chemicals were found in public drinking water supplies two years ago near the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham, the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and the active Horsham Air Guard Station.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf asked the Navy and Air...

July 15, 2016 - 1:52pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Secret Service officials say security planning for the Republican and Democratic national conventions took into account large-scale terrorism threats like the vehicle attack that occurred in France.

In Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Convention, the Secret Service's top agent said Friday "there is nothing we leave to chance."

Agents will sweep permitted vehicles for explosives and turn away general traffic in...

July 15, 2016 - 1:33pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is planning a multi-billion-dollar effort to expand the city's O'Hare International Airport that includes more gates, larger terminals and upgraded amenities.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the latest modernization plans Friday. The project includes up to nine more gates in the airport's international terminal, which hasn't been expanded since it opened 23 years ago. The mayor says taxpayers won't fund the projects. The planning...

July 15, 2016 - 1:24pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says the Pentagon is open to sending additional troops to Iraq if needed to meet specific requirements of the Iraqi security forces as the fight against Islamic State militants continues.

Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the military is keeping its options open. He says more troops may be needed as the battle for the key city of Mosul moves ahead. Any decision would require presidential approval....

July 15, 2016 - 1:18pm
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady will drop his appeal and serve his four-game suspension for the "Deflategate" scandal.

The New England Patriots quarterback said in a Facebook post Friday that "I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

Brady's latest appeal was rejected Wednesday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He would have had to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to take his case, and only about 1...

July 15, 2016 - 1:10pm
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DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been denied a request for a new trial in the slaying of his wife.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans ruled Friday that Bob Bashara did not prove that his trial attorneys were deficient, saying there was no miscarriage of justice that led to his first-degree murder conviction.

The 57-year-old Bashara was sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 killing of Jane Bashara at their Grosse Pointe Park home. Her...

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