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June 18, 2015 - 11:23am
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KEARNY, Ariz. (AP) — Fire officials say most of the hundreds of residents forced to evacuate a rural Arizona community because of a smoky brush fire have returned home.

Arizona State Forestry spokesman Mike Reichling said Thursday that only a handful of residents in Kearny, about 85 miles southeast of Phoenix, cannot return home because of the proximity to the fire.

Reichling says the Kearny River Fire has damaged two homes, two outbuildings and one...

June 18, 2015 - 11:09am
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court opinion ordering Comcast Cable Communications to identify a subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children.

The court said Thursday that the internet service provider must identify the subscriber who commented on a 2011 article in the Freeport Journal Standard about Bill Hadley's candidacy for the Stephenson County board.

The...

June 18, 2015 - 10:57am
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American lobster prices are rising as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England.

Maine lobstermen and retailers say the summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers. That is an average increase of about $1 to $2 over last year. Lobstermen are also getting about a dollar more per pound for lobster at the dock.

Prices are high because supply is low. The season picks up after the...

June 18, 2015 - 10:56am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading global warming skeptic in Congress says he disagrees with Pope Francis on climate change. The pope issued a teaching document Thursday that blames global warming on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that harms the poor most.

Republican Sen. James Inhofe (IHN'-hahf) of Oklahoma chairs the Senate Environment Committee. Inhofe says he worries the pope's encyclical will be used by "alarmists" to push policies that will lead to a big...

June 18, 2015 - 10:40am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court says people accused of selling synthetic drugs can't be convicted unless prosecutors show they knew the substance was prohibited by law.

The justices ruled Thursday in favor of Stephen McFadden, a New York City man convicted of supplying bath salts to a store in Virginia.

Law enforcement officials consider bath salts part of a new wave of synthetic drugs that are designed to produce a high but have slight...

June 18, 2015 - 10:39am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Rikers Island guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate has been handed a five-year prison term by a judge who said the sentence was intended to be a deterrent to others.

Former Department of Correction Captain Terrence Pendergrass dabbed tears from his eyes after the sentence was announced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams in New York.

She rejected a request by prosecutors that Pendergrass be...

June 18, 2015 - 10:38am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says at least 129 children were killed — with boys castrated and girls raped — during a government offensive last month in South Sudan.

UNICEF said the killings took place over three weeks in May in Unity state as the government battled rebels.

Speaking in New York Wednesday, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said survivors reported that boys were castrated and left to bleed out, while girls...

June 18, 2015 - 10:36am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled for an Arizona church in a dispute over a town's sign law.

The law in Gilbert, Arizona, set tougher rules for signs that direct people to Sunday church services than for signs for political candidates and real estate agents.

The Good News Community Church complained that the law forced the church to put up smaller signs than those for political candidates, real estate agents and others....

June 18, 2015 - 10:33am
1 week 6 days ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — There's a small but growing memorial taking shape, a block from the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were shot and killed last night in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

One man who left flowers at the memorial near the Emanuel AME Church today said he's "in shock" over the shootings. Bob Dyer, who works in the area, says he feels "like it's 9/11 again."

Evangeline Simmons, who...

June 18, 2015 - 10:26am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week earlier.

The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.23 percent from 3.25 percent.

Mortgage rates have been surging in recent weeks amid signs of...

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