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October 9, 2015 - 10:35am
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for prisoners' rights says a Tennessee county is illegally censoring mail the group sends to inmates and forcing the use of postcards instead of letters.

Prison Legal News filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Knoxville to stop the practice. The lawsuit says the Knox County Jail has censored at least 147 items the nonprofit sent to inmates since November 2014.

Jail policy says all personal mail...

October 9, 2015 - 10:17am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has been acquitted in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub.

A Manhattan jury found Sefolosha not guilty Friday of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors say he disobeyed police orders to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed outside the club on...

October 9, 2015 - 10:14am
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Elvis the king cobra put up a fight, even briefly escaping, as animal control officers tried to lure it from underneath a dryer in an Orlando woman's garage.

The snake had been missing from its owner's home since Sept. 1 and was found Wednesday in the garage about a half-mile away.

Three animal control officers went there to capture Elvis.

The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports that the snake...

October 9, 2015 - 10:03am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it's strengthening privacy protections for consumers on the government's health insurance website ahead of a new sign-up season starting Nov. 1.

In a blog Friday, CEO Kevin Counihan says the web page will have a new "privacy manager" that lets consumers opt out of embedded connections to third-party advertising, analytics and social media sites.

The government originally said those third-...

October 9, 2015 - 10:00am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.

The Commerce Department says wholesale stockpiles rose 0.1 percent, and sales fell 1 percent. Sales have slid 4.7 percent over the past 12 months. Inventories have increased 4.1 percent.

Falling oil prices account for much of the declining sales.

Oil inventories...

October 9, 2015 - 9:54am
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SUITLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed when the semitractor-trailer he was driving fell from a Capital Beltway overpass onto a parkway in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.

Maryland State Police say the driver lost control on the outer loop of the beltway early Friday. The truck, carrying paper products, crashed through a guardrail and landed on the Suitland Parkway below.

Prince George's County Fire & EMS officials say the...

October 9, 2015 - 9:40am
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NEW YORK (AP) — An erotic painting of a cabaret singer by Pablo Picasso with a second picture on the reverse side could bring over $60 million at auction.

Picasso's "The Night Club Singer" from his Blue Period was created in 1901.

A bawdy picture of his dealer, Pere Manach, is on the back. Sotheby's says it was revealed during a 2000 conservation. An inscription indicates it was intended as a gift to Manach.

The seller is...

October 9, 2015 - 9:39am
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher, keeping the market on track for its best week this year.

Mining companies were among the early gainers Friday. Newmont Mining and Freeport-McMoRan each jumped 4 percent.

Gap sank 7 percent in early trading after the struggling retailer posted disappointing September sales. Sales of women's clothing at Banana Republic slumped.

Alcoa dropped 3 percent after its results fell...

October 9, 2015 - 9:38am
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A judge in northeastern Ohio has formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who fought a hospital's attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy.

The move announced Friday comes more than a year after Sarah Hershberger's guardian said she was dropping her efforts to force the girl into chemotherapy for leukemia.

The girl's parents had halted chemotherapy two years ago because they feared it was killing her. Doctors had said she...

October 9, 2015 - 9:35am
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MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — The latest on the results of a federal investigation into a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia:

10:50 a.m.:

The acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration says a February train accident in southern West Virginia was preventable.

Sarah Feinberg said Friday that a CSX contractor's equipment picked up a potential flaw during inspections from a truck riding along the tracks in Mount...

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