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January 27, 2016 - 6:43am
1 week 3 days ago

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to pay nearly $324,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by cheerleaders over wages.

The suit was filed in Bergen County, New Jersey, where the NFL team plays.

The 52 women said they were paid $150 per game and issued uniforms. But they said they were not paid for practices and other work and were forced to pay for their makeup, hair care and transportation.

The Record...

January 27, 2016 - 6:42am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina damaged the tracks.

The Southern Rail Commission announced recently that the so-called "Inspection Train" will include 14 stops in four states, beginning Feb. 18 in New Orleans and concluding the next day in Jacksonville, Florida. Other stops will...

January 27, 2016 - 5:56am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Firefighters are battling a fire at a commercial building on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.

Fire Chief Timothy McConnell told reporters at the scene the first call came in around 3:30 a.m.

McConnell says there are businesses on the first floor, but he's not sure about the upper floors. He said the fire started on the second floor of the four-story building.

He says one person was in the building, but...

January 27, 2016 - 5:39am
1 week 2 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. CONFLICTING CLAIMS FOLLOW DEATH OF OREGON PROTESTER

One of Ammon Bundy's followers says Robert Finicum was shot when he charged at federal agent. Members of the Bundy family claim that Finicum did nothing to provoke authorities.

2. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH FERGUSON, MISSOURI

The...

January 27, 2016 - 4:33am
1 week 3 days ago

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa is beginning to resemble a bad flashback for Hillary Clinton.

Once again she finds herself barnstorming through the state's frozen stretches with a diminished lead in the polls and an underdog rival on the rise.

Last time, in 2008, it was Barack Obama. This time it's Bernie Sanders.

Her final days in Iowa are a sprint through the state that opens...

January 27, 2016 - 4:17am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An industry that seeks out heirs to the newly deceased is under scrutiny from the Justice Department, which is looking into whether price-fixing and other anti-competitive practices have ripped off unsuspecting relatives.

Two industry executives and a California company have reached plea deals with federal prosecutors in Chicago in the past month as part of an antitrust investigation likely to result in additional criminal charges.

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January 27, 2016 - 4:14am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friends and family are praying for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant as well-wishers donated blood for his recovery.

Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said late Tuesday that Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit after losing a lot of blood.

She said doctors would be monitoring him closely over the next few days to make sure there'...

January 27, 2016 - 4:12am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are meeting in Baltimore this week seven years after President Barack Obama took office and relied on them to muscle through his agenda.

Obama is leaving them greatly diminished. And they are confronting questions about when they might even regain the majority.

So as Obama appears at an "issues retreat" emphasizing party unity and team spirit, it's likely to be a bittersweet experience for many of the assembled...

January 27, 2016 - 4:05am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it cannot be denied that antisemitism is on the rise and calls an attack on any faith and attack on all faiths.

Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli Embassy in Washington as four people were being honored posthumously for risking their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust. He became the first sitting president to speak at the embassy.

Obama says that too often, especially in times of change...

January 27, 2016 - 3:59am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is assailing the Defense Department for relying on Russian rocket engines to launch American military satellites into space.

At a committee hearing Wednesday, Republican John McCain of Arizona says Russia holds many of the United States' "most precious national security satellites at risk before they ever get off the ground."

Yet McCain says the department has actively sought to...

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