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July 12, 2016 - 2:27pm
1 week 5 days ago

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The son of a Northern California woman still missing after the arrests of four people suspected of kidnapping her says he is baffled why anyone would abduct his mother for ransom.

John Babb said at a news conference Tuesday in Vallejo (vuh-LAY-ho) that his mother, 57-year-old Elvira Babb, was bankrupt and neither he nor anyone in their family has the $60,000 that was demanded.

Elvira Babb was last seen June 29 by a co-worker...

July 12, 2016 - 2:20pm
1 week 5 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering Utah to continue sending money to the state branch of Planned Parenthood, overturning an earlier ruling that allowed the governor to defund the organization.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Tuesday the order may have violated the organization's constitutional rights.

The judges extended a court order keeping the money flowing while the larger court battle plays out....

July 12, 2016 - 2:19pm
1 week 5 days ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As a conservative talk-radio host in the 1990s, Mike Pence described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."

Two decades later, Pence is the unflappable conservative governor of Indiana who has caught the eye of another fiery personality: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Where the brash billionaire is impulsive, Pence is cool-headed. Where Trump makes conservatives suspicious, Pence has credibility. And where Trump...

July 12, 2016 - 2:14pm
1 week 5 days ago

DALLAS (AP) — A law enforcement official says the gunman who killed five police officers during a Dallas protest had a pistol, a handgun and a rifle on him at the time of the attack.

The official says Micah Johnson had a Glock 19 Gen4 pistol, a Fraser .25-caliber handgun and a semi-automatic Izhmash Saiga assault-style rifle on him when he was killed by a robot-delivered bomb after the Thursday night shootings and that the guns were purchased legally.

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July 12, 2016 - 2:03pm
1 week 5 days ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More acres of corn and soybeans were planted than initially estimated this year, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to boost the fall harvest expectations for both major crops.

The agency said in its monthly update Tuesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, which would break 2014's record of 14.2 billion bushels. Farmers planted 94.1 million acres of corn, about a half-million acres more than first...

July 12, 2016 - 2:02pm
1 week 4 days ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has made phone calls to the family members of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed in separate police shootings last week that sparked protests around the country.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama offered condolences during the calls, which he made aboard Air Force One as he flew to Dallas on Tuesday to participate in a memorial for five police officers killed during a protest Thursday....

July 12, 2016 - 1:54pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The group that represents major brewers is pushing for more information on labels about what's in your beer.

The Beer Institute said Tuesday that it's pushing members to reveal more details on labels, packaging and websites about ingredients, calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat and alcohol by volume.

It is seeking compliance for voluntary disclosure by the end of 2020.

The group is also encouraging brewers to...

July 12, 2016 - 1:52pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Barclays PLC director has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, admitting he gave stock tips to a New York plumber in exchange for cash.

Steven McClatchey entered the plea Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. He agreed not to challenge any sentence of five years in prison or less. Sentencing for the Manhattan resident was set for Oct. 26.

Prosecutors say he used inside information about mergers and acquisitions to tip his...

July 12, 2016 - 1:50pm
1 week 5 days ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Workers in Atlantic City have approved a new contract with three casinos while a strike continues at the Trump Taj Mahal.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union says workers from the three Caesars Entertainment-owned casinos in Atlantic City voted Monday to ratify their new contract.

Workers at Harrah's, Bally's and Caesars reached a deal July 1. A vote on the contract reached with the Tropicana is scheduled for Thursday....

July 12, 2016 - 1:49pm
1 week 5 days ago

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The nation's oldest full-time park ranger returned to work three weeks after she was attacked and robbed in her San Francisco Bay Area home.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/29MMiMT ) that 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was back on the job Tuesday at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. Fellow rangers greeted her with cheers and hugs.

Police say an intruder punched Soskin and stole a...

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