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November 16, 2015 - 8:52am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are using the latest attacks in Paris to appeal to U.S. voters jittery about terrorism.

Several Republicans, including presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and former candidate Mitt Romney, appeared on the television networks Monday to decry President Barack Obama's policies as half-hearted and to suggest that a U.S. ground war against the Islamic State may be inevitable.

Sen. John McCain told MSNBC "frankly I'm not overwhelmed...

November 16, 2015 - 8:39am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Media General has rejected a nearly $1.9 billion buyout offer from Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. but will engage in talks.

Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides services to more than 100 television stations in 58 markets.

Media General Inc. previously made a $2.4 billion offer for Meredith Corp., which owns television stations and publishes about 20 magazines.

Nexstar's bid has been seen as a way to...

November 16, 2015 - 8:30am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York state contracted for the fourth straight month in November, as a strong dollar and slow overseas growth continued to drag down manufacturers.

The New York Federal Reserve's Empire State manufacturing index edged up slightly to minus 10.7, from minus 11.4 in October. Still, any figure below zero indicates contraction.

The survey found that factories cut jobs for the third straight month. New orders also...

November 16, 2015 - 8:22am
1 week 5 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the shooting by a Minneapolis police officer of a black man suspected in an assault. The shooting has sparked protests. (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

A Minneapolis highway has reopened after the arrest of more than 50 protesters who helped shut it down.

Hundreds of people protesting the weekend shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer crossed Interstate 94 and...

November 16, 2015 - 8:21am
1 week 6 days ago

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus is free again.

A New Jersey mall has eliminated a requirement that parents pay $35 to $50 for a photo or video package for their kids to get into Cherry Hill Mall's Adventure to Santa exhibit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported ( that the move sparked anger from many parents, some who said the charge inherently pushed away low-income families and ran counter to the spirit of the holiday....

November 16, 2015 - 8:03am
1 week 6 days ago

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An American Eagle flight bound for Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing at Sioux Falls Regional Airport within 20 minutes of taking off from the facility.

American Eagle is a regional branch of American Airlines. An American Airlines official says the plane took off shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday and was back on the ground by 12:50 p.m. after the pilot reported an engine issue and decided to head back to the airport. No injuries were...

November 16, 2015 - 7:59am
1 week 5 days ago

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Washington College in Maryland says its shelter in place recommendation will continue throughout the night after a missing student went home to Pennsylvania to get a gun.

College spokesman Michael O'Connor says the parents of a sophomore notified the school early Monday that the student returned home outside Philadelphia and retrieved a firearm.

The college says Chestertown police currently consider the student a missing...

November 16, 2015 - 7:44am
1 week 6 days ago

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The story of my close call with doping in the Soviet Union began in 1967, when I was 17 and had just returned home from training camp, deeply disappointed not to have made the national youth track team.

I was the 100-meter and 400-meter champion for runners 17 or younger in Georgia, which at the time was one of the 15 republics that made up the Soviet Union.

Determined to make the national team, consisting of four runners at...

November 16, 2015 - 6:59am
1 week 6 days ago

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of setting his father on fire has turned himself in to authorities to face charges of attempted murder and arson.

Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales says 38-year-old Tabias Rollins was taken to a hospital after he turned himself in Sunday.

Morales says Rollins was injured in the fire he set Saturday after dousing his 64-year-old father in gasoline inside their home.

The men...

November 16, 2015 - 6:16am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will secure its position as the world's largest hotelier.

The stock-and-cash deal, if completed, will add 50 percent more rooms to Marriott's portfolio and give it more unique, design-focused hotels that appeal to younger travelers.

The new company would have 5,500 properties with more than 1.1 million rooms around the world, uniting Starwood'...

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