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July 14, 2016 - 2:38pm
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury has ruled that a Pennsylvania racetrack didn't cause harm to a man killed by lightning minutes after an August 2012 NASCAR race was stopped.

The Pocono Record reports ( ) the jury ruled in favor of Pocono Raceway and NASCAR on Monday, finding the racetrack negligent, but not a "factual cause" of any harm to Brian Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was killed in the parking lot outside the main grandstands of the...

July 14, 2016 - 2:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that a top Islamic State commander believed to have been killed earlier this year was likely at an IS meeting Sunday near Mosul, Iraq, that was hit by an airstrike.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says the U.S. is still working to confirm whether Omar al-Shishani was killed in the latest strike.

He says the U.S. had gotten indications very recently that al-Shishani may not be dead, and that he would be at the...

July 14, 2016 - 2:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Ogden, Utah, will no longer host events for the Sundance Film Festival.

The Standard-Examiner reports ( ) that the Sundance Institute has announced that there will no longer be January Sundance Film Festival events at Peery's Egyptian Theater.

Sundance Managing Director Sarah Pearce says they will be transitioning the Ogden extension of the Park City-based festival to a more community-based program. There will...

July 14, 2016 - 2:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people will likely go to trial just as voters are gearing up to cast ballots for governor.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder said in an order Thursday that the lawyers involved in the four cases told him they will be ready for trial by late October or early November.

Schroeder also set an Aug. 1 hearing on motions including an effort by the ACLU to...

July 14, 2016 - 2:22pm
1 week 5 days ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando police say there was a break-in at the Pulse nightclub just hours after law enforcement released the Orlando nightclub to its owner.

Orlando police officials said on the agency's Twitter account Thursday that the break-in occurred the previous night.

They promised to release further details later in the day.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Orlando police ended their control of the...

July 14, 2016 - 2:14pm
1 week 5 days ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says a report that Illinois will build up an $8 billion spending deficit this year shows that the Republican's agenda for changing the state's business climate is necessary.

The legislative Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability issued a report, first provided to The Associated Press, that showed spending in the stopgap budget deal approved in June will exacerbate the state's money problems....

July 14, 2016 - 2:11pm
1 week 5 days ago

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Female professionals will soon be better represented in emoji form.

Google says Thursday that the Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, has agreed to add 11 new emojis in response to Google's proposal in May to create a set of emojis "with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women's careers and empowering girls everywhere."

Among the new emoji characters is a doctor, a scientist, a farmer and a welder....

July 14, 2016 - 2:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Donald Trump seeks to unify the fractured GOP around his presidential candidacy, protest groups will gather outside the Republican National Convention to raise their voices on issues from the party's nominee and agenda, to immigration reform and poverty, and race relations and police accountability.

Authorities anticipate spontaneous gatherings during the four-day event and are worried about the threat of violence. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh...

July 14, 2016 - 1:42pm
1 week 5 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court has overturned a 1996 decision and said mug shots of federal criminal defendants can be withheld from the news media in Michigan and three other states.

In a 9-7 ruling Thursday, the court cited privacy concerns and said the photos don't have to be released under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The majority pointed to the internet, saying booking photos can cast a "long, damaging shadow over the depicted individual."...

July 14, 2016 - 1:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An 81-year-old widow who refuses to sell her Florida condominium has won a battle against one of the nation's largest timeshare companies, but it remains to be seen which side will win the war.

The Orange County Development Review Committee yanked plans by Westgate Resorts to demolish her two-story condo to make way for a timeshare tower. Instead, the committee approved Westgate's revised plan, to build the tower around Julieta Corredor's vacation...

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