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August 28, 2015 - 9:55am
7 min 54 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has become the 30th senator to back the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum for the White House-backed agreement grows.

Carper's announcement Friday puts Senate Democrats closer to two crucial vote totals. Thirty-four votes are needed to uphold a presidential veto of a resolution disapproving of the agreement. Forty-one votes would allow Democrats to block the resolution from passing in the first place next month....

August 28, 2015 - 9:55am
7 min 54 sec ago

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say the Portsmouth, Virginia, officers involved in a fatal shooting of a black man in March won't be charged.

According to media outlets, Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales says in a report Thursday that officers involved in the shooting were justified in their use of force. She says 29-year-old Walter Brown III was determined to be "an immediate threat to law enforcement" because he struggled with officers and had a gun....

August 28, 2015 - 9:40am
7 min 54 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after a sharp two-day surge, as the stock market closes out a wild week.

Stocks fell heavily in the first two days of trading on concerns about the health of China's economy. The market then rebounded over the next two days.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,602 as of 9:36 a.m. Eastern time Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index...

August 28, 2015 - 9:32am
7 min 54 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say an overnight shooting at a hookah lounge has left one person dead and three others injured.

Police responded to Ali's Roti Shop in Brooklyn after receiving a 911 call of multiple people shot there shortly before 3 a.m. Friday.

A 27-year-old man who was shot in the head and torso was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 25-year-old man was found shot in the right foot, and a...

August 28, 2015 - 9:27am
7 min 54 sec ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika nears Florida.

The storm could hit the peninsula Monday. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it's predicted to go through the middle of the state.

Scott's emergency order says Erika "poses a severe threat to the entire state."

The order calls for the activation of...

August 28, 2015 - 8:58am
17 min 55 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
37 min 55 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
1 hour 27 min 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
1 hour 47 min 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
1 hour 47 min 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."...

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