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July 21, 2015 - 11:12am
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Associated Press has won a $250,000 grant to conduct voter surveys designed to be cheaper and more accurate than traditional exit polls.

Announced Tuesday in Austin, the grant comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The AP is combining state exit polls and telephone polls to better survey Election Day voters and a growing number of people casting early or absentee ballots.

"The Next...

July 21, 2015 - 11:11am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has created a new Twitter account to promote the international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program.

@TheIranDeal urges people to tweet their questions and promises to "set the record straight."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday the account also would serve as a forum for those who were involved in negotiating the agreement.

The White House also set up an online...

July 21, 2015 - 11:03am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a California woman shot and killed while walking along a San Francisco pier wants Congress to reform laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times.

Jim Steinle says he and his family support legislation that would close some legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Steinle's...

July 21, 2015 - 10:49am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Amgen Inc. says European regulators have approved its first-of-a-kind cholesterol drug that lowers levels of the artery-clogging substance more than older drugs that have been prescribed for decades.

The highly-anticipated approval introduces a new option for patients at risk for heart disease. But questions remain about the drug's price and its ability to reduce heart attack and death in the long term.

The European Commission...

July 21, 2015 - 10:33am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in 21 U.S. states and were unchanged in 17, as widespread job growth and a shrinking workforce reduce the ranks of those out of work.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 12 states. Employers added jobs in 31 states and cut them in 17, with little change in the remaining two states.

The figures reflect steady hiring nationwide. Employers added 223,000 jobs in June, and the U.S....

July 21, 2015 - 10:31am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The general tapped to be the next Army chief of staff says if legal issues could be resolved he thinks it would be appropriate, in some cases, to arm soldiers manning recruiting stations.

At his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Gen. Mark Milley responded to questions about last week's one-man assault on two U.S. military facilities, including a recruiting station, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four Marines and a...

July 21, 2015 - 10:29am
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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A woman whose request for a same-sex divorce in Ohio was mistakenly granted and then denied by a judge is seeking a redo months later, after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gay marriage.

Brenda Mohney of Rockbridge filed a new divorce complaint last week in Athens County court. It says she was married in 2008 in California but has lived apart from her spouse for more than a year.

The judge listed for the case is the...

July 21, 2015 - 10:18am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A new study suggests that fatherhood often comes with a weight gain of 3 to 5 pounds.

The research wasn't designed to prove fatherhood causes weight gain and raises more questions than it answers. But one outside expert said it is provocative work and should spark further study.

The researchers found a typical 6-foot-tall man who lives with his child will gain an average of about 4½ pounds at some point after the birth. They also...

July 21, 2015 - 10:10am
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A heavy equipment operator charged in a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people and injured 12 has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Authorities have said 44-year-old Sean Benschop (BEN'-skop) was impaired by painkillers and marijuana when the wall collapse buried victims inside an adjacent Salvation Army store.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of not more than 10 to 20...

July 21, 2015 - 9:49am
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before there was Molly there was the quaalude, the most popular party drug of the 1970s.

It was also the one Bill Cosby kept on hand to give to young women he wanted to have sex with.

In 10-year-old testimony uncovered this week, Cosby said he would offer the drug "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'"

The drug was outlawed in the United States in 1982 but was hugely popular 40 years ago. It was...

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