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July 2, 2015 - 10:18am
1 day 7 hours ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man must perform 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to defacing a Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia.

Media outlets report that 39-year-old Joseph Weindl of Richmond pleaded guilty Thursday to defacing a public monument. A Richmond General District Court judge suspended a 90-day jail sentence and ordered community service. Weindl also must pay $200 in restitution.

Police say Weindl spray-painted an "L...

July 2, 2015 - 10:01am
1 day 8 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month.

The Commerce Department says factory orders declined 1 percent in May from April, when orders retreated 0.7 percent. Orders in a category that serves as a proxy for business investment were down 0.4 percent after a 0.7 percent decline in April.

Much of the weakness in May...

July 2, 2015 - 9:59am
1 day 8 hours ago

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking their neighbors to be considerate when setting off fireworks this Fourth of July weekend.

A group called Military With PTSD is distributing red, white and blue signs nationwide that veterans can put on their lawns or place on their homes. The signs read: "Combat Veteran Lives Here. Please Be Courteous with Fireworks."

Exploding fireworks can startle veterans with post-...

July 2, 2015 - 9:43am
1 day 8 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors look over a mostly positive report on the job market.

Bond prices rose early Thursday as investors saw some pockets of weakness in the report. While payrolls grew overall, wage growth stalled and many people gave up looking for work.

U.S.-listed shares of BP rose 4 percent after the company reached an $18.7 billion settlement with several states to resolve litigation over the 2010...

July 2, 2015 - 9:30am
1 day 9 hours ago

ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — A 22-year-old man is facing drug charges after police say he tried to get rid of hundreds of bags of heroin while fleeing from officers in northern Delaware.

Elsmere police say officers tried to stop a Chevrolet Impala on Tuesday after a traffic violation. That's when police say Tyree Robinson got out of the car and ran.

Lt. Gregg Shelton says as Robinson ran away he threw items under a parked car. Shelton says officers later...

July 2, 2015 - 9:12am
1 day 9 hours ago

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland have accused a Bethesda man of using a selfie stick to record videos of the woman who lived above him.

According to police, 60-year-old Donald F. Beard attached a camera to a long metal pole and used the device to record videos through a window for more than a year.

While searching Beard's electronic devices, detectives say they uncovered 16 videos of the woman, including one showing her naked. Beard is facing...

July 2, 2015 - 9:12am
1 day 9 hours ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after well over 125 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf.

BP has said its spill-related costs already...

July 2, 2015 - 9:05am
1 day 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — 11:30 a.m.

D.C.'s police chief says authorities don't believe that the report of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was a hoax.

Chief Cathy Lanier says investigators have interviewed the woman who reported that she may have heard gunshots at the Navy Yard on Thursday. Lanier says authorities regularly tell people that if they see something, they should say something — and this woman did just that.

Law...

July 2, 2015 - 9:03am
1 day 4 hours ago

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — There's been another shark attack in the waters off the coast of the Carolinas.

Area media outlets report that a 12-year-old boy was bitten while swimming off the Isle of Palms northeast of Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday.

The youngster was swimming with a cousin about 15 feet out in the surf about 6 p.m. when he was bitten. The youth required eight stitches to close the wound.

There have been at...

July 2, 2015 - 8:59am
1 day 9 hours ago

FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) — Police have shot and killed a man who fired at officers trying to serve an arrest warrant in western North Carolina.

Franklin Police Chief David Adams told reporters the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The police chief said 52-year-old Clay Alan Lickteig of Hayesville was standing in the driveway of a home when two officers arrived. Adams says the suspect shouted a threat at the officers and refused to show his hands...

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