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September 25, 2015 - 3:25pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A preliminary accident report says a floatplane that crashed in Alaska struck the surface of a lake after takeoff before going down, killing three of the 10 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the de Havilland DHC-3 turbine Otter took off in dark night conditions at about 6 a.m. Sept. 15 from East Wind Lake near the southwest Alaska town of Iliamna (ill-ee-AHM'-nuh). The plane crashed into tundra among trees....

September 25, 2015 - 3:20pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis wasn't the only person to drink from the glass of water he used during his speech to Congress. An enterprising Democratic congressman from Philadelphia also took a sip.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Catholic, tells the Philadelphia Daily News ( ) that as the pope left the chamber Thursday, he headed to the lectern to grab Francis' drinking glass.

Brady says he took it to his office and had a drink. He...

September 25, 2015 - 2:57pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state.

The revelation adds to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner's unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.

The messages were exchanged with...

September 25, 2015 - 2:52pm
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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Across Northern California, malnourished seabirds have been appearing in alarming numbers, some shrunken to little more than feather and bone.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( ) Friday that the birds are turning up on beaches from Monterey County to Marin County.

Many of the thin-billed species are being brought into the International Bird Rescue Center, which says it is taking in the birds at the highest...

September 25, 2015 - 2:43pm
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats.

Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel represents Davis in her legal battles.

Davis sparked a national firestorm by refusing to issue marriage...

September 25, 2015 - 2:39pm
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two Nevada counties and some mining companies want a court to block new restrictions on mining, energy development and grazing that are meant to protect a declining bird species across millions of acres of the American West.

The case appears to be the first challenge to the Interior Department's declaration this week that it can protect the greater sage grouse without hobbling the region's economy.

The lawsuit filed in U.S....

September 25, 2015 - 2:32pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a New York City correction officer on Rikers Island is accused of ignoring an inmate having a fatal seizure.

Wickenson DeMaitre pleaded not guilty Friday to official misconduct, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing charges. His attorney, Noel Munier, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Authorities say the 47-year-old officer was at his post Oct. 1, 2014, at the...

September 25, 2015 - 2:21pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Dalai Lama says his doctors are advising him to rest and so he is canceling a planned October visit to the United States.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made the announcement on his website Friday, a few hours after the University of Colorado announced he had canceled his visit there.

The 80-year-old Dalai Lama was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, this week for what was described as a check-up....

September 25, 2015 - 2:17pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. negotiator for the Iranian nuclear deal says the Obama administration is ready to open a dialogue with Iran about the situation in Syria.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday that such a discussion would be on the agenda for Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mahammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations on Saturday.

Sherman said such talks "make sense" in the context of...

September 25, 2015 - 2:12pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors say a physician assistant who wasn't licensed or trained to perform surgery operated on hundreds of patients while the orthopedic surgeon who billed for the work schemed to hide a massive insurance fraud conspiracy.

Prosecutors disclosed new details as they argued Friday against reducing bail for 13 people who have pleaded not guilty in the $150 million fraud scheme.

Deputy District Attorney Catherine Chon...

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