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July 2, 2014 - 10:41am
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ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau comes from a famous family of filmmakers, advocates and ocean explorers, and now he's added to their legacy of sea stories a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys. Here are five things to know about Cousteau's "Mission 31," which ended Wednesday.

THE AQUANAUTS

Cousteau and two technicians spent 31 days living and working underwater at Aquarius Reef Base. Filmmakers and researchers...

July 2, 2014 - 10:15am
1 week 2 days ago

2015 Audi A3 2.0T quattro S tronic

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PRICE AS TESTED: $43,345.

TYPE: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger, subcompact luxury sedan.

ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, turbocharged, direct injection...

July 2, 2014 - 10:14am
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After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi's new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable with a new group of customers — young millenials.

The A3 is revamped as an early 2015 model with new, attractive styling inside and out, a lengthy list of standard features including leather seat trim, peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and technology that's all about passengers staying connected.

Sure, the A3 can...

July 2, 2014 - 10:06am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in May, ending three months of gains.

The Commerce Department reported that orders fell 0.5 percent, pulled down by falling demand for military and transportation equipment. That followed increases of 0.8 percent in April, 1.5 percent in March and 1.7 percent in February.

Excluding military hardware, factory orders rose 0.2 percent in May from April. Orders for transportation equipment fell 2.9 percent...

July 2, 2014 - 9:57am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is edging up in early trading after a report that business hiring surged in June.

The report comes a day after good news on manufacturing drove the market to another all-time high and brought the Dow Jones industrial average within two points of 17,000 for the first time.

The Dow rose 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,969 shortly after the stock market opened Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor...

July 2, 2014 - 9:54am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.

In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they'd been able to transform ordinary mouse cells into versatile stem cells by exposing them to a mildly acidic environment. Someday, scientists hope to harness stem cells to grow...

July 2, 2014 - 9:48am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A serial-killer mystery in which the culprit turns out to be one of Satan's minions, Scott Derrickson's "Deliver Us From Evil" adapts the detective genre to an exorcism tale that is very serious about the prospect of demonic possession. Though based on claims made by real-life NYPD officer-turned-paranormal investigator Ralph Sarchie (played here by Eric Bana), the picture is stolen by a fictional character — a composite religious figure played with a predictable level of...

July 2, 2014 - 9:47am
1 week 2 days ago

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Police in Provo, Utah, have arrested a 46-year-old woman accused of attempting to buy methamphetamine from an off-duty police officer and claiming the purchase was a birthday gift for her sister.

A police report shows Heather Rodriguez was arrested Monday evening after she approached the off-duty officer and displayed a glass pipe.

Authorities say she then told police she was trying to buy methamphetamine for her sister's birthday...

July 2, 2014 - 9:30am
1 week 2 days ago

MARION, Ind. (AP) — Employees returned to work Wednesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant where an explosion killed a contractor and injured several others a day earlier.

First-shift employees reported for work Wednesday morning at the plant in Marion, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said.

The plant was evacuated following Tuesday's explosion that killed 48-year-old contractor James L. Gibson. An...

July 2, 2014 - 9:25am
1 week 2 days ago

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Former Gov. George Ryan regrets letting what turned out to be the last execution in Illinois proceed, he prays regularly for six children killed in a fiery crash linked to a state agency he once headed, and he's done answering questions about the marathon corruption trial that led to his imprisonment.

The 80-year-old spoke in his first interviews since his 2013 release from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. The interviews with his hometown...

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