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August 28, 2015 - 5:34am
6 min 32 sec ago

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):

5:20 am.

Hearts remain heavy for the morning news team at WDBJ-TV two days after two station employees were shot to death on the air.

Morning anchor Kim McBroom started Friday's broadcast by telling viewers, "another tough morning for us, but we're soldiering on."

Tributes to reporter Alison Parker...

August 28, 2015 - 5:13am
6 min 31 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — New tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Erika approaches.

The deadly storm, which has been lashing Puerto Rico with heavy rains, has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 50 mph (85 kph).

The storm is centered about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph (28 kph)....

August 28, 2015 - 4:43am
6 min 31 sec ago

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Businesses are reopening in Virginia at the scene of this week's on-air shooting as more details surface of the gunman's long history of confronting and bullying co-workers at a succession of television and customer-service jobs.

Friday's reopening of Bridgewater Plaza comes two days after 41-year-old Vester Flanagan killed two journalists from a Roanoke TV station where he once worked, and wounded the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce...

August 28, 2015 - 3:41am
6 min 31 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are due back in court in the ongoing fight over the late actor's estate.

The two sides are scheduled to go before a San Francisco judge Friday, as court documents indicate they remain at odds over the division of Williams' personal items and a reserve fund to maintain Susan Williams in the home she shared with Robin Williams.

The children — Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams — say the...

August 28, 2015 - 3:20am
6 min 31 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The panda team at the National Zoo plans to reveal the gender of the giant panda cubs born recently, as well as which panda fathered the cubs.

The zoo says its scientists and veterinarians will announce the genders and paternities of the cubs on Friday. The cubs were born Saturday.

The smaller of the twin cubs died Wednesday. The cause of death has not been determined. Animal keepers say the larger cub continues to be healthy,...

August 28, 2015 - 3:15am
6 min 31 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Obama will deliver remarks about the agreement and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The Israeli government adamantly...

August 28, 2015 - 2:16am
6 min 31 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-nine people will become citizens during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Park Service will host the ceremony Friday at 10 a.m.

Friday is the 52nd anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The individuals becoming citizens Friday come from 27 countries, including Australia, Cuba, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

August 28, 2015 - 2:09am
6 min 31 sec ago

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in Washington state's North Cascades are thinning and retreating. Seven have disappeared over the past three decades, and the overall volume of glaciers in the range have lost about one-fifth of their volume.

Glaciologist Mauri Pelto hikes into the North Cascades every year to study how the mountain glaciers are responding to climate change.

He says this winter's record low...

August 28, 2015 - 2:07am
6 min 31 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.

But don't fret. The cigar-shaped thing most people have seen floating over sports events will still be there.

It just won't be, technically, a blimp.

The nation's three Goodyear blimps are being replaced by larger semi-rigid dirigibles. Goodyear's Priscilla Tasker says its brand new design.

Such a craft differs from a blimp in that the big, helium-...

August 28, 2015 - 1:44am
6 min 31 sec ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for an Oklahoma man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002 say their client has become insane while in prison, and his execution must be halted.

Attorneys for Benjamin Robert Cole of Claremore will present their arguments Friday before a judge in Pittsburg County, where Cole is imprisoned at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

The U.S. Supreme Court has said executing an insane person is...

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