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July 30, 2015 - 9:43pm
12 min 5 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The filing will allow the studio to continue to operate while restructuring. The company owes $681 million to secured creditors. Of that, nearly $362 million came due June 1, triggering a search for new financing that ultimately failed.

The filing comes after a spate...

July 30, 2015 - 7:41pm
1 hour 12 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawsuit accuses CVS of deliberately overcharging some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices.

The suit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco says those inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.

The lawsuit seeks class-...

July 30, 2015 - 7:32pm
1 hour 12 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury has awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed.

The jury Thursday ordered the owner of the crane and his companies to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8 million to the family of Donald Leo.

The jury's decision finding James Lomma and his companies responsible for the May 2008 collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side comes after Lomma...

July 30, 2015 - 7:22pm
1 hour 32 min ago

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations meeting in Hawaii took time out from their talks for a new trade agreement to pose for a photo.

The ministers received flower leis during Thursday's group photo shoot at the oceanfront resort where they are meeting, the Westin Maui on Kaanapali (kahn-uh-PAH'-lee) Beach.

They have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which advocates say would lower tariffs and...

July 30, 2015 - 7:13pm
1 hour 32 min ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law says the event still could be relocated if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.

Cities across the U.S. have courted convention organizers since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the initial bill in March, provoking national uproar from critics who believed it would sanction discrimination against gay...

July 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
1 hour 32 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A television director with credits on "Law & Order" has been arrested in suburban New York on child pornography charges.

Westchester County authorities say 51-year-old Jason "Jace" Alexander was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child.

Prosecutors tell the Journal News ( ) that digital files showing minors engaged in sex acts were found on...

July 30, 2015 - 6:59pm
1 hour 32 min ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping a teen girl and killing her mother and brother in California has filed a claim seeking $20 million from the FBI.

Lora DiMaggio Robinson's lawyer, C. Keith Greer, says James DiMaggio never got a chance for a fair trial before he was shot by FBI agents two years ago.

Greer says he filed a claim with the FBI on Thursday and plans on filing a...

July 30, 2015 - 6:18pm
2 hours 42 min ago

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Police say a gang of thieves treated the Cash Cow check-cashing company as their own cash cow, making off with more than $500,000 from ATMs over the past year.

Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said Thursday that two of the thieves were caught fleeing early Sunday from a Cash Cow office in Slidell. They were later found with $12,000.

He says the ring has struck nearly 100 times in and around New Orleans over the past year,...

July 30, 2015 - 6:08pm
3 hours 22 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return.

Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first.

The government does not know the identities of many of the millions...

July 30, 2015 - 6:08pm
3 hours 22 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says an unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing the university has pledged to eradicate from the band program.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday the lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of the band's unofficial songbook. Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years.

An independent investigation of the...

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