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July 1, 2014 - 1:44pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a limited en banc panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding Major League Baseball's career home run leader guilty of giving evasive testimony to a grand jury investigating elite athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Arguments have been scheduled for the...

July 1, 2014 - 1:36pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

States will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in federal aid as soon as the first week in August — peak summer driving time — if Congress doesn't act, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a letter to states. That's because the balance in the...

July 1, 2014 - 1:33pm
1 week 4 days ago

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The funeral for former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. is getting underway in his rural Tennessee hometown near the Kentucky state line.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will give the eulogy Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.

Those in attendance include Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada....

July 1, 2014 - 1:27pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation's busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town for the fifth time in less than a decade.

More than 3 inches of rain fell over much of eastern Iowa and northern Illinois Monday night and Tuesday morning, and some areas got up to 5 inches of rain, National Weather Service meteorologist...

July 1, 2014 - 1:25pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is no longer requiring lawmakers to report some free trips they take on the annual forms they file about their personal finances, drawing fire from advocates of more transparency in government.

Legislators will still have to report details about their travel on the House clerk's website, which is less commonly monitored by reporters, watchdog groups and others than the financial disclosure reports. That website information is publicly...

July 1, 2014 - 1:19pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail doctor told a 911 dispatcher that a homeless mentally ill ex-Marine discovered in a 101-degree cell in February was in rigor mortis and CPR was stopped after 20 minutes, according to a recording of the call obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The five-minute tape confirms that Jerome Murdough, who officials have said was not checked on for at least four hours, had been dead for some time before he was discovered slumped at the...

July 1, 2014 - 1:16pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators were working Tuesday to identify a gunman who fatally shot a San Francisco outreach counselor in broad daylight in front of dozens of kids attending a summer camp.

Allen Calloway was leading a group of kids, including his 10-year-old son, in a dodgeball game Friday afternoon at a playground in the city's Visitacion Valley neighborhood when a man walked up and shot him several times at close range, police said.

The...

July 1, 2014 - 1:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Supersized isn't just for french fries.

Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65-inches and up.

People are snagging big screens — pushing sales of them up 50 percent in the past year while overall TV sales have faltered. As prices fall, hardcore TV watchers and video gamers are finding sets affordable that a few years ago would have been playthings for wealthier people....

July 1, 2014 - 1:11pm
1 week 4 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year — a four-day gathering in Utah, which has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement.

The Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families has about 40 partner organizations, including the Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America. The group brings together people of different religions and ethnicities...

July 1, 2014 - 1:08pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.

The recall, announced Tuesday, comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Earlier this year the company recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the harness buckles can get stuck. But it resisted the agency's demand to recall...

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