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April 17, 2015 - 11:31am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army is shutting down a number of the specialized medical units that were set up at military bases around the country to help care for severely wounded warriors returning from battle.

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, the number of service members with complex physical, mental and emotional wounds and illnesses has dramatically declined, eliminating much of the need for the specialized care.

Ten of the 25...

April 17, 2015 - 11:31am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Civil-rights groups have settled their legal dispute with Ohio's elections chief over measures that trimmed early voting opportunities in the political battleground state.

The agreement announced Friday between Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-stehd) and the Ohio Chapter of the NAACP and other plaintiffs maintains elimination of the so-called "golden week" in which individuals could have both registered and voted, but adds voting...

April 17, 2015 - 11:30am
1 week 3 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a dozen people were injured, including one seriously, after tour buses for two different bands were involved in a chain-reaction crash on a foggy stretch of highway east of Denver.

The Colorado State Patrol says a bus carrying crew members for the performer Twin Shadow rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped on Interstate 70 Friday, seriously injuring 41-year-old bus driver John Crawford. Eleven of his passengers suffered minor to moderate...

April 17, 2015 - 11:15am
1 week 4 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When a man tumbled onto the tracks at a downtown Philadelphia subway station, one passenger leaped into action.

Surveillance video shows Alfred McNamee walking close to the edge of the platform Wednesday and falling to the tracks. Charles Collins jumps down to help McNamee up.

WPVI-TV reports ( that the 28-year-old Collins is recovering from a minor leg injury.

McNamee's injuries are...

April 17, 2015 - 11:00am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking the first step toward a possible increase in the fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on proposed regulations that would give the government more flexibility to set fees.

Government auditors have consistently questioned whether the public is getting a fair return from the 12.5 percent royalty now being charged....

April 17, 2015 - 10:59am
1 week 4 days ago

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A mystery man photographed pulling a driver from an SUV dangling over a 20-foot cliff above a northern Idaho canyon has come forward as the daring rescuer.

Jason Warnock of Clarkston, Washington, tells the Lewiston Tribune newspaper ( ) that he left soon after saving the 23-year-old driver Wednesday to avoid publicity.

But social media caught up when the photo spread online, and police on Thursday confirmed...

April 17, 2015 - 10:41am
1 week 3 days ago

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina community college is closing for the weekend after receiving threatening telephone calls that followed a shooting death involving a self-avowed neo-Nazi.

Goldsboro police say they charged a local man with a felony for allegedly phoning in a false report Friday threatening a shooting at Wayne Community College.

Officials closed the campus Friday morning and canceled weekend classes and activities. College...

April 17, 2015 - 10:32am
1 week 4 days ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force isn't merely awakening on the big screen. It's also returning to the video game realm.

"Star Wars: Battlefront" publisher Electronic Arts and developer DICE showcased their next-generation rendition of the "Star Wars" multiplayer shooter Friday at Celebration, the annual "Star Wars" fan extravaganza.

The new iteration of "Battlefront" takes place amid the original film trilogy and is scheduled for release Nov. 17 for...

April 17, 2015 - 10:31am
1 week 4 days ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida government commission says former U.S. Rep. David Rivera broke the state ethics law while he was in the state Legislature and should pay nearly $60,000 fines and penalties.

The Miami Republican is accused of getting reimbursed for travel expenses that were paid by his campaign.

Rivera did not comment following Friday's hearing by the Florida Commission on Ethics. His attorney said Rivera will appeal....

April 17, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 4 days ago

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police in Montenegro say they have arrested 16 people suspected of smuggling into Serbia 138 Syrian migrants who were trying to flee their war-ravaged country and reach Western Europe

Police said Friday they have broken a human smuggling chain from Albania to Serbia that passes Montenegro. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have travelled illegally through the Balkans, mostly toward Hungary at Serbia's northern...

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