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October 8, 2015 - 10:25pm
1 hour 31 min ago

MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) — Officials with the Grant Public Utility District say six employees have been injured in an explosion at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River.

Utility district spokesman Thomas Stredwick says the employees were injured Thursday afternoon in an explosion attributed to electrical equipment at the dam in Central Washington near Mattawa.

The six have various levels of injuries with some flown to hospitals and others transported by...

October 8, 2015 - 10:15pm
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


The California Republican's stunning move throws Congress' leadership more deeply into chaos.


The stampede and crush last month outside the holy city of Mecca killed 1,399 people, at least 600...

October 8, 2015 - 9:06pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising Hispanic leaders he'll continue to push for changes in the nation's immigration laws, saying America's greatness does not come from building walls, but from building opportunities.

Obama is using the speech to highlight differences with several of the Republican presidential candidates on the issue.

He says he wishes GOP lawmakers had followed the leadership of former President W. Bush when he...

October 8, 2015 - 8:50pm
1 hour 31 min ago

SHARPSBURG, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man recently released from a Georgia prison has been charged with raping his fiancee's 12-year-old daughter.

Multiple news media outlets quoted Col. James Yarbrough as saying Thursday that 29-year-old Shalin Ren Payne threw the girl to the floor and attacked her while he was babysitting for her and her 4-year-old brother in Coweta County on Monday.

Yarbrough said the brother was nearby and the fiancee arrived home...

October 8, 2015 - 8:41pm
1 hour 31 min ago

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer.

The North Charleston City Council voted 10-0 in favor of the settlement with the family of Walter Scott.

Scott, 50, was fatally shot April 4 by North Charleston officer Michael Slager while trying to run from a traffic stop. A bystander recorded the shooting with a...

October 8, 2015 - 8:06pm
1 hour 31 min ago

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina has reached a $6.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white city police officer.

The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote Thursday.

The council had met several times in the past few months to receive advice from city attorney Brady Hair on a potential lawsuit by the family of Walter Scott....

October 8, 2015 - 8:03pm
3 hours 11 min ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. safety investigators say the U.S. Navy soon will set out to find the cargo ship sunk in Hurricane Joaquin and locate a data recorder critical to determining why it went down.

National Transportation Safety Board vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Thursday the Navy would use sonar and other means to find the 790-foot El Faro on the sea floor. The ship sank in about 15,000 feet of water Oct. 1 with 33 people aboard east of the Bahamas...

October 8, 2015 - 7:50pm
3 hours 31 min ago

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An embattled Oklahoma sheriff's office is withdrawing from a national law enforcement accreditation agency after its sheriff was indicted by a grand jury last week.

Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette told The Associated Press on Thursday the agency sent the withdrawal letter this week to the Virginia-based Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

Robinette says leaders want to overhaul the agency and implement...

October 8, 2015 - 7:25pm
3 hours 31 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggests the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns.

Carson was asked Thursday by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about an excerpt from his book "A More Perfect Union," in which Carson links the disarming on German citizens with the killing of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

The retired neurosurgeon says "the likelihood of Hitler being able...

October 8, 2015 - 7:24pm
4 hours 1 min ago

HOUSTON (AP) — A military court has denied a request to make public documents the Army is using to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face court-martial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Defense attorney Eugene Fidell had asked the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Virginia to release a transcript of Bergdahl's interview with military officials and a summary of an investigation into his disappearance.

The appeals court Thursday...

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