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July 10, 2014 - 9:59am
1 min 32 sec ago

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Utility crews worked Thursday to restore power in some Eastern states hit hard by severe storms nearly two days earlier, and one rural New York town picked through the debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado.

A total of five people died in Tuesday's strong storms that blew down buildings, trees and utility lines and left hundreds of thousands without power into early Thursday.

About 14,000 utility customers across New...

July 10, 2014 - 9:49am
11 min 34 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are dropping in early trading amid financial jitters in Europe and disappointing retail earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average slid 129 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,856 moments after the stock market opened Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,958. The Nasdaq slid 66 points, or 1.5 percent, to 4,352.

U.S. markets were hit by losses in Europe, where worries over the health...

July 10, 2014 - 9:21am
1 min 32 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market sank at the open Thursday after worries emerged overnight about the financial stability of one of Portugal's largest financial firms. The worries also spread to the European stock and bond markets.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 173 points, or 1 percent, to 16,811 in the first 20 minutes of trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 19 points, or 1 percent, to 1,954 and the Nasdaq composite fell 63...

July 10, 2014 - 9:20am
11 min 34 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist has been sentenced to a year in jail.

James Davis received his sentence Thursday. Sentencing for Latrez Cummings was postponed so the judge could get more information.

Davis and Cummings are among five people charged in the April beating of Steve Utash. He was kicked and punched after getting out of his pickup truck to check on a boy who had darted in front of his...

July 10, 2014 - 9:00am
1 min 32 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders said Thursday they are delaying the start of business due to an accident involving asbestos.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the House would not convene at 10 a.m. EDT for morning business, but lawmakers were expected to convene at noon to begin legislative work. The Senate still planned to go into session as scheduled at 10 a.m. EDT.

A hazardous material response team was on site...

July 10, 2014 - 8:56am
11 min 33 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Primetime Emmy nominations for best actress in a television drama series have been announced in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The nominees announced Thursday morning are: Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards".

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be...

July 10, 2014 - 8:52am
11 min 33 sec ago

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A woman whose 2-year-old granddaughter drank methamphetamine-laced tea has pleaded guilty to child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1oIPE3D ) reports Cynthia Ann Watson entered the pleas Tuesday in a Riverside County court. She was sentenced to 60 days in custody, including 43 days in a work-release program.

She's also ordered to stay away from her...

July 10, 2014 - 8:48am
21 min 28 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Primetime Emmy nominations for best actress in a television drama series have been announced in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The nominees announced Thursday morning are: Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Julianne Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards".

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be...

July 10, 2014 - 8:44am
21 min 28 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Primetime Emmy nominations for best actor in a television drama series have been announced in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The nominees announced Thursday morning are: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"; Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards."

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be...

July 10, 2014 - 8:36am
11 min 33 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure,...

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