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January 29, 2016 - 9:01am
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CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the Chicago Police Department and fatal police shootings in the city (all times local):

2 p.m.

A Chicago police spokesman says the department has placed high priority on making sure audio on squad car dashcams function properly and that more are now working as they should.

The absence of audio in a dashcam video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald in 2014...

January 29, 2016 - 9:00am
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A state official says Michigan offered fresh bottled water for state employees in Flint starting in January 2015, although residents were told that tap water was safe to drink until last fall.

Flint residents are now warned to drink only filtered or bottled water because of lead contamination in the city's supply.

Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the agency that manages state buildings, says water coolers were introduced at the State...

January 29, 2016 - 8:58am
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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The police chief of a southeastern Ohio college town says authorities are seeking a predator linked to sexual assaults on three women since 2006.

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle on Thursday said DNA evidence shows the same person committed the separate but similar assaults — one in 2006 and two last year, one in June and another in December. The city is home to Ohio University.

The victims were all young women walking home in the...

January 29, 2016 - 8:50am
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EVENDALE, Ohio (AP) — GE Aviation is cutting 238 engineering jobs in southwestern Ohio and 69 at other U.S. sites as it trims more than 7 percent of its engineering workforce.

A spokesman for the General Electric Co. unit based in the Cincinnati suburb of Evendale said in an email Thursday that the cuts are not due to any decline in business. Spokesman Rick Kennedy says the reductions are being made because the company's new jet engines are moving from the development...

January 29, 2016 - 8:39am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's growth slowed sharply in the final three months of 2015 to a 0.7 percent annual rate. Consumers reduced spending, businesses cut back on investment and global problems trimmed exports.

The slowdown could renew doubts about the durability of the 6½-year-old economic expansion.

The government's estimate of the economy's expansion in the October-December period was less than half the 2 percent annual growth rate in...

January 29, 2016 - 8:33am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. paychecks increased moderately in the final three months of last year, yet the gain was little changed from the sluggish post-recession pace.

The Labor Department says the employment cost index, which tracks wages and benefits, rose 0.6 percent in the October-December quarter. That's the same as the previous three months.

In the past year, salaries and benefits have risen just 2 percent, the same annual pace as the previous two...

January 29, 2016 - 8:24am
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two men who helped engineer a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers have been sentenced to prison terms of less than a year.

Race-car mechanic Mark Landersman of Temecula, California, who received the no-bid contract, was sentenced to 60 days in prison Friday at federal court in Alexandria. Ex-naval intelligence officer Lee Hall of Sterling, who was convicted of theft of government money for pushing the contract...

January 29, 2016 - 8:21am
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (GYIHN'-tah) of New Hampshire says he has repaid $355,000 that the Federal Election Commission said he took in illegal campaign donations from his parents and confirmed his re-election bid.

Guinta announced the repayment in a news release Friday. He has said the money was a loan from a family account. WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1KJZmMj ) first reported the repayment.

In a settlement made public last year, the...

January 29, 2016 - 8:10am
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DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling thousands of Altima midsize cars for a third time to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving.

The latest recall covers 846,000 cars from 2013 to 2015.

Nissan says in documents filed with the U.S. government that paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn't closed...

January 29, 2016 - 7:46am
1 week 3 days ago

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Wearing a tiny swim suit and flashing his abs, Michael Phelps created quite the distraction.

The Olympic great, who is training at Arizona State University this year, helped the school's college basketball team Thursday.

Phelps appeared from behind the ASU student section's "Curtain of Distraction," standing between two shirtless students with 13:47 left to play.

With gold medals around his neck and a yellow...

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