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October 4, 2015 - 5:06am
7 min 5 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his unequivocal support behind letting transgender people serve openly in the military, as the Obama administration considers whether and when to lift the longstanding ban.

Biden's declaration at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner Saturday goes further than anything the Obama administration has said before, evoking memories of when Biden outpaced President Barack Obama in endorsing gay marriage....

October 4, 2015 - 5:04am
7 min 5 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A brash congressman who's led high-profile investigations into the Secret Service, Planned Parenthood and other issues seems ready for his most attention-grabbing move yet: an underdog challenge to ascend to House speaker.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz hasn't made his intentions known publicly, but he has booked a spot on "Fox News Sunday" ahead of Thursday's House leadership elections.

The prohibitive favorite in the race is Majority...

October 4, 2015 - 2:25am
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Flooding from days of record-setting rain along the East Coast has washed out bridges and homes and forecasters are warning wind gusts topping 35 mph could down trees and power lines across the Carolinas and Virginia.

At least five weather-related deaths have been reported since rains began along the Eastern Seaboard, which apparently has dodged the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic.


October 4, 2015 - 2:18am
7 min 5 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — The latest on Joaquin and the storm's predicted path. All times local:

5 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says conditions on Bermuda have begun to deteriorate as Joaquin approaches on a northeastward path.

The Miami-based center says about 5 a.m. Saturday that a hurricane warning has been issued for Bermuda by that country's weather service and damaging winds are expected later in the day.

October 4, 2015 - 1:16am
1 hour 57 min ago

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California nurse said she was working in the emergency room when she learned a patient dying from a hit-and-run crash was her brother.

Jennifer Medina told KNBC-TV she was working a busy shift at a hospital in Mission Viejo Friday night when an unresponsive man was brought in.

Medina said as doctors worked frantically to save the 23-year-old man, a fellow nurse looked for his identification. Medina said...

October 4, 2015 - 1:13am
1 hour 57 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in 24 years of business, Honolulu's Taiyo Ramen can't offer its popular kim chee.

KHON-TV reports ( ) that Taiyo Ramen is one of several Hawaii restaurants dealing with produce shortages caused by recent storms.

Taiyo Ramen's Sun Lee says California is too hot to grow much won bok, which means the vegetable isn't easily available in Hawaii. Restaurant owners say the price of kim chee has doubled...

October 4, 2015 - 12:48am
1 hour 57 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Set 'em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for — ahem — Hillary Clinton, as played by "SNL" regular Kate McKinnon.

Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show'...

October 3, 2015 - 11:56pm
7 min 5 sec ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural is being targeted in a class-action lawsuit.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( a Florida law firm filed the lawsuit this week against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., and its parent company, Reynolds American Inc.

The plaintiffs say the cigarette maker's marketing deliberately tries to mislead smokers into...

October 3, 2015 - 11:31pm
2 hours 57 min ago

BLOOMINGTON, Calif. (AP) — A man seen running naked and covered in blood through a Southern California mobile home park has been arrested on suspicion of killing a woman.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said deputies called to the mobile home park in Bloomington Saturday found a woman's body inside one of the homes.

Minutes later, they received reports of a naked man struck by a car about a mile away.

When deputies...

October 3, 2015 - 11:23pm
2 hours 57 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire officials say a dozen people were injured when a New York City transit bus crashed into a home in Queens.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the neighborhood of Jamaica.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the bus was traveling down Guy R. Brewer Boulevard when it collided with a car traveling the opposite direction.

The bus continued going and crashed into the front of a...

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