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July 3, 2015 - 1:17pm
11 min 18 sec ago

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties.

Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February.

Police say the manager of the Victoria's Secret store reported the Thursday afternoon theft but couldn't provide a description of the suspect or surveillance video.

The underpants are valued at $2,180...

July 3, 2015 - 12:58pm
11 min 17 sec ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp will hear the groups' request on July 15 for a temporary restraining order stopping the project.

Fishing groups and environmentalists say the research disturbs and can possibly harm marine...

July 3, 2015 - 12:58pm
11 min 17 sec ago

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say thousands of eastern Tennessee residents are being allowed to return home after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.

Maryville City Manager Greg McClain said during a Friday news conference that the evacuation has been lifted for about 5,000 people who live within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site. Most received urgent knocks at their doors between midnight and 6 a.m...

July 3, 2015 - 12:35pm
11 min 17 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Baltimore are investigating a sign posted inside a police transport van that tells passengers: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!"

WBAL-TV reports that a woman sent the station photos she snapped Tuesday when van doors were left open near the central district station.

Baltimore police released a statement Friday calling the sign "concerning and unacceptable." The department says Deputy Police Commissioner Dean Palmere has...

July 3, 2015 - 12:33pm
11 min 17 sec ago

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A Miss 4th of July pageant winner who got upset when told there was a miscount and she could share the title has decided to concede her crown.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Lybrook was told that votes were miscounted in the Winslow, Maine, pageant last weekend and that 14-year-old Caitlin Grenier had a higher score. Both were invited to share the honor, but Lybrook said she wouldn't and suggested a pageant organizer influenced the contest....

July 3, 2015 - 12:15pm
11 min 17 sec ago

The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other (all times local):


12:20 p.m.

New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand...

July 3, 2015 - 11:51am
11 min 17 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

Sixty-three-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside that she felt "free as a bird."

Hartman was arrested after trying several times to get past security at O'Hare and Midway airports in April and May.

Hartman has tried numerous times in recent years to board flights without a...

July 3, 2015 - 11:34am
11 min 17 sec ago

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Dalai Lama is celebrating his 80th birthday this weekend and just about everybody is invited.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader will host a three-day summit on global compassion starting Sunday in Orange County, with events in Anaheim and at the University of California, Irvine.

The Dalai Lama's actual birthday is Monday.

Thousands are expected to attend his talks on compassion, youth leadership and...

July 3, 2015 - 11:33am
11 min 17 sec ago

DENVER (AP) — Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.

Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots....

July 3, 2015 - 11:17am
11 min 17 sec ago

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette ( ) reports that the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.

The star of "Mary Poppins" and television's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" recalled...

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