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July 4, 2015 - 12:38pm
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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women — four of them dead, two missing for months — have people on edge in the small southern Ohio city of Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones.

Grieving family members and nervous residents worry about a serial killer in their midst. Police say they aren't ruling anything out, but that it's more likely the women's troubled histories caught up with...

July 4, 2015 - 12:38pm
29 min 4 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages, despite a lack of a new contract.

Union leaders say the strike ended as planned at 3 a.m. Saturday despite a few remaining issues preventing an agreement on a new deal.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 President James Macon says the biggest sticking point is the county's plan to hire more part-time drivers, with fewer benefits than...

July 4, 2015 - 12:32pm
29 min 4 sec ago

SEATTLE (AP) — In the year since Washington state launched its legal marijuana market, tax revenues have soared past expectations with state and local governments bringing in some $70 million.

There are now about 160 shops selling pot in Washington, with sales topping $1.4 million per day.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have struggled to turn a profit, complaining that state and federal tax burdens are too heavy and competition from...

July 4, 2015 - 12:21pm
29 min 4 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — China has reportedly decided to bar new public offerings of stock and will create a fund to stabilize its stock market, which has been roiled by a wave of selloffs..

Twenty one Chinese securities companies, in a statement released Saturday, said they would pledge no less than 120 billion yuan ($19.33 billion) to invest in Chinese stocks. The securities companies also said they would continue to invest in the market as long the Shanghai Composite index...

July 4, 2015 - 11:51am
29 min 4 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The bloodstained wool undershirt on display at the National World War II Museum is just one small reminder of the sacrifice that African-Americans made during World War II.

The shirt is part of a new exhibit about African-Americans who rushed to enlist in the armed forces despite discrimination at home and racism in the military.

More than 100,000 black service members took part in the war, risking their lives on behalf a country...

July 4, 2015 - 11:37am
29 min 4 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) has won the women's division of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

The Las Vegas woman ate 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to claim the coveted title Saturday. Sudo won the contest last year so she'll keep the championship belt that comes with the victory.

The men's competition is later Saturday.

A very light rain...

July 4, 2015 - 11:10am
29 min 3 sec ago

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs spokesman Richard Rocha says health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though no adverse reactions are expected from the incorrect dose.

Rocha says ICE and the...

July 4, 2015 - 11:05am
29 min 3 sec ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s a genocide.

Serbian media said Saturday the country's pro-Russian President Tomislav Nikolic has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin "pleading" for a Russian "no" in the U.N. council when the resolution is expected to be tabled next week.

Western nations and...

July 4, 2015 - 11:05am
29 min 3 sec ago

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in Colorado on Friday has died, but a flight paramedic and flight nurse aboard the crash are being treated at Denver-area hospitals and are expected to survive.

The fiery crash happened Friday afternoon next to Frisco's St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. The Summit Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1H67IxT ) that the helicopter crashed in a parking lot shortly after taking off, colliding with three...

July 4, 2015 - 10:39am
29 min 3 sec ago

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Much has changed at the former headquarters of Michael Vick's dogfighting operation in Surry County.

The anti-chaining organization Dogs Deserve Better bought the 15-acre compound and its five-bedroom house in 2011. The property where dogs were once brutalized is now a refuge for dogs rescued from a life of being chained or penned.

But the organization has had its own animal cruelty controversy. Its founder was charged in 2012...

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