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July 14, 2015 - 2:28pm
1 week 6 days ago

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Police say former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Arizona last month.

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said Tuesday that lab test results show McNabb's blood alcohol level was 0.17. The legal limit in Arizona is .08 and anything 0.15 or higher qualifies as extreme DUI.

A message left at a Phoenix area phone number...

July 14, 2015 - 2:25pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read — and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it's noisy.

Scientists are looking for ways to tell, as young as possible, when children are at risk for later learning difficulties so they can get early interventions. There are some simple pre-reading assessments for preschoolers.

Northwestern University researchers went further...

July 14, 2015 - 2:13pm
1 week 6 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas police officer who pulled over a driver for illegal use of a cellphone ended up helping the woman, who was trying to call 911 while choking.

Austin police on Monday released patrol car video taken during the July 5 incident.

The video shows Officer Dustin Clinkscales walking to the woman's her car, then asking, "Are you OK? Are you choking?"

Clinkscales did the Heimlich maneuver on the woman. He's...

July 14, 2015 - 2:05pm
1 week 6 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Court officials say Connecticut is now the most expensive place to die in the U.S. — at least for the wealthy — because of hefty new fees for settling estates.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrat-controlled legislature signed off on a plan effective July 1 that eliminated a $12,500 cap on probate court fees, cut all state government funding to probate courts and doubled the fee on estates worth more than $2 million to 0.5 percent of...

July 14, 2015 - 2:04pm
1 week 6 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has narrowed a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown Jr. against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, its former police chief and the ex-police officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber on Tuesday dismissed four of the seven counts from the suit filed in April.

He told lawyers for Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden that they must make a more persuasive...

July 14, 2015 - 1:55pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump found a new home for the Miss USA pageant after NBC dumped it because of his comments on Mexican immigrants, but few television viewers sought it out.

The Nielsen company said 925,000 people watched Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma crowned as Miss USA on the Reelz Channel. The little-known cable network stepped up after Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who co-owns the pageant, angered many with his assertion that some Mexican immigrants...

July 14, 2015 - 1:54pm
1 week 6 days ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — All-Star center Marc Gasol says he's sorry if Grizzlies' fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn't leaving Memphis. There was never reason to fret, though.

Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn't going anywhere else.

The 7-foot-1 Spaniard spoke Tuesday at a news conference that was much more a celebration with fans packing the lobby of the Grizzlies' arena a day after Gasol signed his five-year contract....

July 14, 2015 - 1:50pm
1 week 6 days ago

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A stolen large tractor crashed into an Arizona home where it started a fire and then broke free and crashed into a second home before firefighters could shut it down.

There were no reported injuries from the incident early Tuesday morning.

Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says a woman called 911 to report that the tractor had crashed through two walls in her home and started a fire. Baker said it appears no one was on the tractor...

July 14, 2015 - 1:43pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee fans worldwide stayed up late, awoke early and dashed off during meal breaks to pick up a copy of the year's most anticipated novel, "Go Set a Watchman," a second work from the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" that once seemed impossible.

Booksellers from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Downers Grove, Illinois opened at midnight Tuesday, while Barnes & Noble stores began selling copies at 7 am, two hours earlier than usual. Pre-orders have...

July 14, 2015 - 1:37pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats are skeptical -- while Republicans are openly hostile to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

After receiving a copy of the agreement, lawmakers will have 60 days to study it before voting it up or down or taking no action. Obama says he will use his veto to overturn a rejection by Congress.

The highest-ranking Jewish Democrat in the House, Steve Israel of New York, says he was "...

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