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July 23, 2015 - 10:48am
1 week 4 days ago

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (AP) — A tornado barreled through a Colorado campground, mowing down trees over a 6-acre swath of forest.

Crews in the Pike National Forest are clearing the trees at the Devil's Head campground that were felled by the twister Tuesday afternoon.

KMGH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1CWOnQV) picnic grounds and the Fire Lookout Tower trail were also struck.

The area is closed to the public while the damage is cleared...

July 23, 2015 - 10:23am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy posted another solid increase in June, providing further hope that the economy will gain momentum in the second half of this year.

The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.6 percent in June following healthy gains of 0.8 percent in May and 0.6 percent in April.

Conference Board economists say the string of solid increases point to continued...

July 23, 2015 - 10:21am
1 week 4 days ago

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A fire has devastated the commercial area in the historic town of Harpers Ferry, destroying some buildings that were constructed in the 1800s.

Harpers Ferry Mayor Gregory Vaughn said the early morning fire Thursday destroyed seven to eight businesses housed in one building. An adjacent restaurant sustained substantial damage. No one was injured. The cause hasn't been determined.

The commercial area is adjacent to Harpers...

July 23, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.04 percent from 4.09 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.21 percent from 3.25 percent.

As in recent weeks, mortgage rates followed the yield on the key...

July 23, 2015 - 10:12am
1 week 4 days ago

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — State police say two killers on the run from a New York prison for three weeks disagreed over whether to hole up in hunting cabin. One worried about being captured while the other suggested they could kill or take hostage anyone who checked in on the remote camp.

State Police Maj. Charles Guess tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh (http://bit.ly/1JgU8ua ) that David Sweat and Richard Matt spent two or three nights at the northern New York...

July 23, 2015 - 10:09am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation aimed at punishing so-called "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The bill is a response to the shooting death in San Francisco of Kathryn Steinle (STINE'lee), allegedly by an immigrant with multiple criminal convictions who was in the country illegally.

The legislation passed on a largely party-line vote of 241-179 on Thursday. The...

July 23, 2015 - 10:01am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a recent slowdown, the Chinese feel better about their economy than people in any other country.

The Pew Research Center reports that a world-beating 90 percent of Chinese call their economy "good" and 84 percent expect things to be better in 12 months. Pew's survey of 45,000 adults in 40 countries found that only Nigerians and residents of West Africa's Burkina Faso are more optimistic about the next year.

China's economy...

July 23, 2015 - 9:58am
1 week 3 days ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man who thought he spotted a lion that people have reported seeing wandering on Milwaukee's north side has shot and injured a large pit bull.

Police say the dog, which was shot Tuesday night, is being cared for at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

The organization's director, Karen Sparapani, says people might be "amped up or afraid" by the reports of lion sightings. The pit bull suffered a gunshot wound to the...

July 23, 2015 - 9:44am
1 week 3 days ago

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell earlier this month (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at a venerable blues venue on Austin's east side for a silent march in honor of a Chicago-area woman found dead in a Southeast Texas jail cell.

The group gathered at the Historic Victory Grill and marched to the Texas...

July 23, 2015 - 9:41am
1 week 4 days ago

DAVENPORT, Wash. (AP) — A car on a Washington highway failed to negotiate a turn, crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into a semi-truck, killing four people, including an infant.

Washington State Patrol identified the four killed Wednesday evening as 68-year-old George Friedlander, of Nespelem, and 28-year-old Jake Walter, 32-year-old Georgina Walter and 5-month-old Logan Walter, all of Omak. All of them were in a 1999 Chrysler 300.

The...

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