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August 28, 2015 - 10:54am
1 day 15 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population.

It was a big symbolic milestone for the world's biggest online social network, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the...

August 28, 2015 - 10:49am
1 day 15 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Avid Life Media Inc., Ashley Madison's parent company, says Noel Biderman's departure was a mutual decision and in the best interest of the company.

Hackers originally breached Avid Life's systems in July and then posted the information online a month later after the...

August 28, 2015 - 10:49am
1 day 16 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — A fan struck by a foul ball that went behind home plate last year during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park has sued the team's principal owner.

Brookline, Massachusetts, resident Stephanie Taubin says in her lawsuit filed Wednesday against John Henry that she was above home plate in the EMC Club on June 17, 2014, when a ball came through an area usually protected by glass and hit her. The glass had been removed for renovations.

The...

August 28, 2015 - 10:48am
1 day 13 hours ago

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air.

Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey School's wind turbine — as he often does — when a drone zoomed in.

Video taken by the drone, owned by a Californian on vacation, shows Byron sprawled across the turbine's flat surface, with views of Narragansett Bay in...

August 28, 2015 - 10:42am
1 day 16 hours ago

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Rick Springfield was a big hit at the opening day of the 2015 New York State Fair. So was his tush.

The singer best known for his 1981 No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" returned to the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds for the first time since he was sued after falling off the stage during a 2004 concert there. A New York woman said she suffered serious head injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her.

In January, he won a seven-year legal...

August 28, 2015 - 10:38am
1 day 16 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Avid Life Media Inc., Ashley Madison's parent company, says Noel Biderman's departure was a mutual decision and in the best interest of the company.

Hackers originally breached Avid Life's systems in July and then posted the information online a month later after the...

August 28, 2015 - 10:18am
1 day 13 hours ago

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The latest on former President George W. Bush's trip to New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

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Former President George W. Bush has arrived in Gulfport, Mississippi, where hundreds of people gathered in a beachside park to salute emergency responders who worked during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Bush spoke Friday, saluting...

August 28, 2015 - 10:04am
1 day 16 hours ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika nears Florida.

The storm could hit the peninsula Monday. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it's predicted to go through the middle of the state.

Scott's emergency order says Erika "poses a severe threat to the entire state."

The order calls for the activation of...

August 28, 2015 - 9:55am
1 day 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has become the 30th senator to back the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum for the White House-backed agreement grows.

Carper's announcement Friday puts Senate Democrats closer to two crucial vote totals. Thirty-four votes are needed to uphold a presidential veto of a resolution disapproving of the agreement. Forty-one votes would allow Democrats to block the resolution from passing in the first place next month....

August 28, 2015 - 9:55am
1 day 16 hours ago

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say the Portsmouth, Virginia, officers involved in a fatal shooting of a black man in March won't be charged.

According to media outlets, Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales says in a report Thursday that officers involved in the shooting were justified in their use of force. She says 29-year-old Walter Brown III was determined to be "an immediate threat to law enforcement" because he struggled with officers and had a gun....

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