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July 20, 2015 - 1:47pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Many drivers in Detroit find it tough to pay their auto insurance premiums, which are the highest in the nation at more than $5,000 a year for full coverage.

So thousands of people in the Motor City risk getting behind the wheel without insurance. Locals call it "driving dirty."

Now Mayor Mike Duggan is trying to do something about the high insurance costs based on concerns that they are deterring new residents and investment from...

July 20, 2015 - 1:41pm
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia union boss convicted of overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation to get construction jobs for his members has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison.

Seventy-three-year-old Joseph Dougherty was also ordered Monday to pay more than half a million dollars in restitution following his January conviction on charges including racketeering and extortion.

Prosecutors say Dougherty told Ironworkers...

July 20, 2015 - 1:39pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The online photo websites of Rite Aid, CVS, Costco and Wal-Mart Canada remain offline in the wake of a possible data breach at the company that hosts all four sites.

The companies say their photo sites remain shut down as a precaution. All four sites are administered by Canada-based PNI Digital Media, which is owned by Staples Inc.

Late last week, Staples acknowledged that PNI was investigating a potential credit card data security...

July 20, 2015 - 1:35pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After nearly two years, a trial has begun for a white Charlotte police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man who was looking for help.

Twenty-nine-year-old Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player. If convicted, Kerrick faces up to 11 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the shooting was a case of...

July 20, 2015 - 1:32pm
1 week 5 days ago

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky says she prayed and fasted for months before deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses once the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis testified Monday in a federal hearing stemming from a lawsuit brought against her by two gay couples and two straight couples. She says the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives her the right to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex...

July 20, 2015 - 1:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rejecting Uber's call to have a live debate about their differences.

The ride-hailing service invited de Blasio on Monday to participate in a live-streamed conversation about the company's future in New York. The de Blasio administration is trying to slow down Uber's rapid expansion.

De Blasio declined the invitation, saying he doesn't debate private corporations. He added that, in his words, "...

July 20, 2015 - 1:23pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb no longer has time on his hands.

The indicted soccer official is providing 11 luxury watches to secure the $10 million bond that provided his release from custody, along with his wife's wedding ring, three opulent cars and 10 properties.

According to an order filed Monday setting the conditions for release, Webb secured the bond with a five Rolex watches plus a Cartier Roadster, Hublot,...

July 20, 2015 - 1:17pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements, to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

The Federal Reserve's action coming Monday means the eight banks together will be required to shore up their financial bases with about $200 billion in additional capital. The requirements also are aimed at encouraging the Wall Street mega-banks to...

July 20, 2015 - 1:13pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty national security leaders, ambassadors, military leaders and former Cabinet secretaries have signed a letter supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.

The bipartisan group of signatories includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG'-nyef breh-ZHIN'-skee) and Brent Scowcroft and former Sens. Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Tom Daschle (DASH'-uhl) and Carl Levin.

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July 20, 2015 - 1:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of tabloid gossip, country music's top couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage.

The news was confirmed in a statement Monday to The Associated Press, issued by their representatives.

"This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple said.

"And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real...

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