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August 1, 2015 - 8:46am
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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are battling over whether to rename part of a Long Island road after Billy Joel.

The argument over naming a highway for The Piano Man has sparked a debate over whether roads should be named for the living or only the dead.

Sen. Jack Martins introduced legislation last year to rename part of Route 107 in Joel's hometown of Hicksville for the six-time Grammy Award winner.

He says it's...

August 1, 2015 - 8:32am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress.

A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to back the agreement within hours of Obama's personal lobbying at the White House this past week, part of the administration's all-out campaign since the accord was announced July 14. Other Democrats have signaled they are leaning in favor and still...

August 1, 2015 - 7:18am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Aid agencies say thousands of civilians in South Sudan's Upper Nile state face starvation after the government blocked aid groups from using the Nile River to deliver relief food.

The river is a transportation lifeline in a country with few all-weather roads or airstrips, but it currently forms the frontline in Upper Nile between rebel forces on the west side and government forces on the east.

Military spokesman Col. Philip...

August 1, 2015 - 6:42am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say at least six people were arrested during a rally protesting the traffic stop shooting of a black motorist by a white campus officer in Cincinnati.

Friday night began with a candlelight vigil organized by the family of Samuel DuBose, whose July 19 death came amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Overall, the protests were peaceful and there were no reports of violent...

August 1, 2015 - 4:22am
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HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference -- and it's happening amid protests against the building of telescopes atop two mountains in the state.

The mountains are considered sacred by Native Hawaiians.

Some demonstrators on Maui and the Big Island were arrested yesterday as the scientists from more than 75 countries headed to Hawaii for the meetings.

Twenty people...

August 1, 2015 - 4:18am
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SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — It's been 15 years since voters in Nevada legalized medical marijuana. And now, it's been sold in the state for the first time -- at a dispensary in a strip mall east of downtown Reno.

About 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside the facility yesterday, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195.

One man who emerged with a package of pre-rolled cigarettes says he was "like a kid in a...

August 1, 2015 - 3:15am
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Driven to "desperation" in 1999, Republican presidential candidate John McCain decided to meet as many people as possible in New Hampshire at town hall meetings.

It took months for the strategy to pay dividends, but when it did, McCain was packing 'em in. He went on to win the state's presidential primary by 19 percentage points.

McCain will be back in New Hampshire on Saturday, campaigning for a friend and fellow U.S. senator,...

August 1, 2015 - 3:11am
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ATLANTA (AP) — Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown freely shared the life of their only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, with the public.

But family and friends will gather to remember the 22-year-old woman in a private funeral whose details have been closely guarded by the Brown and Houston families, their attorneys and friends, including filmmaker Tyler Perry.

Media reports indicate the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist...

August 1, 2015 - 2:34am
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian health officials say an 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops has died of his wounds.

Ahmad Betawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital, says Laith al-Khaldi died Saturday after being shot in the chest the previous day during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler by suspected Jewish extremists.

The Israeli military says it shot al-Khaldi near Ramallah after he hurled a fire bomb at...

August 1, 2015 - 2:04am
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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations have failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

The announcement comes from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who read from a statement on behalf of all of the ministers. He says the parties made significant progress at the talks in Hawaii, and agreed to continue the discussions.

They haven't yet set a date...

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