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August 20, 2015 - 10:31am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy declined slightly in July yet still pointed to modest growth in the months ahead.

The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dropped 0.2 percent in July, after healthy gains of 0.6 percent in both June and May.

The index "is still pointing to moderate economic growth through the remainder of the year," Ataman Ozyildirim, director of growth research at...

August 20, 2015 - 10:27am
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman found to have neglected her child after leaving her 19-month-old in a car while she went shopping will get another chance to argue her case.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the woman, identified only by her initials, will have her appeal heard by a judge.

The ruling reverses an appeals court decision that said the woman's actions constituted gross neglect and another hearing wasn't warranted....

August 20, 2015 - 10:17am
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fans of author H.P. Lovecraft are marking his 125th birthday with a four-day festival and conference in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

The NecronomiCon (NEH'-kroh-NOM'-ih-kon) begins Thursday with an opening ceremony at the First Baptist Church in America.

Other events include a birthday party with music and movies in downtown Providence.

Lovecraft was born on Aug. 20, 1890. He lived most of his...

August 20, 2015 - 10:16am
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BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to jail for pulling her 6-year-old daughter's hair so hard it separated the girl's scalp from her skull and caused internal bleeding.

The Beaver County Times ( ) reports that 26-year-old Brittany Ruck of Conway was sentenced Wednesday.

Ruck pleaded no contest in July to aggravated assault of a child. Police say Ruck was upset at the girl last summer because she...

August 20, 2015 - 10:07am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 percent from 3.94 percent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 percent.

The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased this week to 3.15 percent from 3.17 percent.

Investors and...

August 20, 2015 - 10:06am
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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge has set bail at $1 million for a police officer charged with attempted murder in what authorities describe as the shooting of a subdued burglary suspect at close range.

District Court Judge Halee Weinstein cited the "heinous and callous" nature of the allegations as she set bail for Officer Wesley Cagle, who appeared by closed circuit television on Thursday. Cagle is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder and other...

August 20, 2015 - 10:02am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007.

Steady job growth and historically low mortgage rates have convinced current homeowners to purchase homes, while first...

August 20, 2015 - 10:01am
1 week 4 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on Jimmy Carter's first public comments since announcing his cancer diagnosis (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The doctor for former President Jimmy Carter says he will be getting cancer treatment that doesn't have the toxicity that treatments might have had even 20 years ago.

Dr. Walter Curran Jr., executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, said Thursday that Carter is receiving...

August 20, 2015 - 9:53am
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LATIMER, Miss. (AP) — A southern Mississippi man is hospitalized after he called the sheriff's office, brandished a pistol at deputies and was shot multiple times when he refused to drop the gun.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says in a new release that his office received a call from an irate male around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He says the caller identified himself as Robert Baker of the Latimer community.

Ezell says dispatchers could hear what...

August 20, 2015 - 9:31am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman says she accidently left a bag in the trunk of a taxi containing $35,000 worth of jewelry.

Among the items was a $15,000 engagement ring she had designed herself.

Mariko Spigner told the New York Post ( ) she realized she had forgotten the bag as soon as the taxi pulled away from a friend's apartment Wednesday morning in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. But it was too late — the cab had sped off....

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