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August 28, 2015 - 8:58am
7 min 23 sec ago

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A popular beach at New York's Lake George is closed after an oily substance was spilled into the water.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls ( ) reports that the Department of Health ordered the state-run Million Dollar Beach swimming area closed Thursday afteroon after an oily sheen appeared offshore near the newly opened boat launch.

The origin of the substance isn't known but officials say it was consistent...

August 28, 2015 - 8:31am
7 min 23 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a moderate amount in July, while income growth was propelled by the largest jump in wages and salaries in eight months.

The Commerce Department says spending rose 0.3 percent in July, helped by a big jump in purchases of big-ticket items such as cars. June's result was revised up to a matching 0.3 percent gain.

Incomes increased 0.4 percent. The key category of wages and salaries rose 0.5...

August 28, 2015 - 8:01am
37 min 22 sec ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru Brooke Burke-Charvet will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant next month.

She will join Chris Harrison on the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 13 on ABC.

Burke-Charvet won the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With The Stars" and went on to co-host eight seasons of the ABC series.

She founded and launched...

August 28, 2015 - 7:43am
57 min 20 sec ago

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school football team that's had a live tiger cub at games for decades has kicked off the season with its traditional mascot, even though the boosters haven't proved they'd meet stricter state rules for keeping exotic animals.

The Independent ( ) reports that boosters for Massillon's Washington High School displayed a cub in a cage at Thursday's game against Perry. Club president Matt Keller wouldn't say where the...

August 28, 2015 - 7:40am
57 min 20 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is promising to offer a plan within a month to overhaul the tax system, calling himself "king of the tax code."

He's been hinting at such a plan recently, saying that wealthy Americans should pay more.

In a phone-in interview Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, Trump says, "I know the hedge fund guys. ... These guys don't really build anything. They shuffle papers back and forth."...

August 28, 2015 - 7:02am
1 hour 17 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President Bush is returning to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to remember the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

He's also coming to tout the region's recovery from the costliest natural disaster in the nation.

He's delivering remarks Friday morning at Warren Easton High School, the same school he visited on the first anniversary of Katrina.

With him is his wife,...

August 28, 2015 - 6:14am
1 hour 17 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


The perpetrator of the on-air shooting in Virginia had a long history of confronting and bullying co-workers at a succession of television and customer-service jobs.


Survivors are brought to shore, but an estimated...

August 28, 2015 - 6:03am
1 hour 17 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Hurricane Katrina headed for the Gulf Coast in late August 2005, The Associated Press deployed dozens of staffers to support its New Orleans and Mississippi bureaus.

Here, three of the photographers who covered the story talk about their experiences and some of the photos that were the most meaningful to them.



Bill Haber and another AP photographer, the late Dave Martin...

August 28, 2015 - 6:02am
1 hour 27 min ago

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is announcing that the Pentagon will fund a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.

The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or used to assist the elderly. Or it could foster thin, bendable sensors that could be tucked into cracks or...

August 28, 2015 - 6:00am
1 hour 27 min ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A top official says the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization will meet in the West Bank next month to elect a new leadership.

The upcoming shakeup at the PLO's Palestinian National Council is seen as one of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' recent efforts to sideline critics and potential rivals.

PNC chairman Salim Zanoun told The Associated Press on Friday that the two-day session is to begin Sept. 15. He...

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