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July 3, 2015 - 6:57pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 400-foot Ferris wheel in Orlando stopped moving for more than 45 minutes Friday, stranding riders aboard.

Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press that a power to the Orlando Eye was subsequently restored at least intermittently with a generator and that firefighters were slowly helping people off the gondolas.

Kennedy says she doesn't know how many people became stranded...

July 3, 2015 - 6:54pm
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LACEY, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Over the past month, three cases of the disease have been confirmed with a possible connection to the motel.

The disease is a serious form of pneumonia that is caused by the Legionella bacteria. People get it when they breathe in water mist or vapor that has been...

July 3, 2015 - 6:42pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a cruise ship crew member who was reported overboard off Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers identified the Norwegian Sun crew member as 27-year-old Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago of Brazil. No hometown was given for de Miranda Santiago, who went missing Thursday south of Douglas Island.

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Boyle says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship...

July 3, 2015 - 6:26pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has fined a political action committee associated with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for missing financial reporting deadlines.

The Vermont Press Bureau reports that the FEC in December sent a letter to the Progressive Voters of America Leadership PAC warning about the missed deadlines.

The PAC's treasurer responded in May by acknowledging it had neglected to file the reports,...

July 3, 2015 - 6:21pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Packer died Friday afternoon at his home in Salt Lake City from natural causes.

Packer was next in line to become president of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had been a member of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1970. The group is modeled...

July 3, 2015 - 5:41pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Four avid eaters have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous.

Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition.

The dogs will be served Saturday morning.

Chestnut tipped the scales at a hearty 230 pounds while Michelle Lesco ranked the lightest competitor at 112...

July 3, 2015 - 5:35pm
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump.

On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami.

NASCAR spokesman David Higdon says "we looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we...

July 3, 2015 - 5:27pm
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PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Franklin County Sheriff's office is investigating the deaths of two people found badly burned in a car as a double homicide.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( ) that the bodies were found Thursday night in car that was hidden in a ravine about a mile off the road.

Sheriff Jim Raymond says investigators have tentatively identified the victims. They say it was an adult and a child.


July 3, 2015 - 5:22pm
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MIAMI (AP) — A Florida burglary suspect wept after the judge overseeing his bond hearing realized they had been childhood friends.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer recognized 49-year-old Arthur Booth during a hearing Thursday.

Television news reports show Booth weeping as Glazer recalled playing together and said he had been "the best kid in middle school."

Glazer said she hoped he would be able to "just lead a lawful...

July 3, 2015 - 5:15pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music.

On Friday, the 50-year-old rap mogul announced a new radio show called "The Pharmacy," which premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. The hour-long show dedicated to West Coast music will stream every other Saturday.

Apple Music made its debut this week. Apple bought Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats by Dre company last year.

Apple's new...

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