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October 7, 2015 - 6:50am
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MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN') is weakening as it moves rapidly across the Atlantic.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday have decreased to near 75 mph (120 kph) with additional weakening expected.

The storm is centered about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is moving east-northeast near 32 mph (52 kph).

October 7, 2015 - 6:37am
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SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the developer and general contractor of a South Florida high-rise have been cited for improper purging of the gas piping system after a boiler room explosion injured six people.

In citing the Château Beach Residences on Monday, Sunny Isles Beach's building inspector noted that the "fuel was vented into a confined space with sources of ignition." The city revoked the building's temporary certificate of occupancy and deemed the...

October 7, 2015 - 5:59am
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Gangs with suspected Russian ties attempted to shop radioactive material in Moldova to buyers from the Middle East, an AP investigation finds.


Residents are preparing for a second round of expected flooding as...

October 7, 2015 - 5:53am
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Shania Twain has canceled her "Rock This Country" tour in New Hampshire and New York after being diagnosed with a respiratory infection.

The singer says her doctors advised her to rest for several days. Twain canceled her Tuesday night concert at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester and her Wednesday night show in Albany at the Times Union Center.

Organizers say they cannot reschedule the shows due to her touring schedule...

October 7, 2015 - 5:46am
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

6:40 a.m.

Rescue crews are searching for two people who have been missing in Lower Richland County after their pickup truck entered flood water.

Sheriff's deputies tell local news outlets they were called out at around 3 a.m. Wednesday to a road that had been closed for several days after being washed out.

October 7, 2015 - 5:05am
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say a Fremont County woman who was believed to be Wyoming's first confirmed human rabies case has died.

The Daily Ranger reports ( ) that the 77-year-old Lander resident, who has not yet been identified, contracted the disease Aug. 21 after being bit by a bat. She began showing symptoms weeks later and was treated at a Lander hospital. She was recently transferred to a Salt Lake City-area hospital, where officials say...

October 7, 2015 - 5:01am
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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has set a record this year with more than 3.8 million visits at the end of September, and is on track to top 4 million visits by the year's end.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) that according to park statistics, the number of recreational visits this year has surpassed a 2010 record of more than 3.6 million by nearly 5 percent.

Visitation has been following an upward trend...

October 7, 2015 - 4:54am
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators looking into the ill-fated voyage of a 790-foot freighter that's believed to have sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin will focus on the communications between the captain and the vessel's owner.

They also may further explore whether the five workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting had any role in the boat's loss of power.

Officials from the company that owns the...

October 7, 2015 - 4:39am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn will appear before a congressional committee this week. He, and the company, bring little Washington political clout to the table.

The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in the nation's capital, compared to the lobbying and fundraising efforts of rivals Toyota, GM and Ford. That dynamic that could put Horn at a disadvantage Thursday when he appears...

October 7, 2015 - 4:38am
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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Things are starting to return to normal in South Carolina after days of devastating rains, with the weather clearing and electricity largely restored. But some residents are still worried about a second round of flooding from rivers swollen by the deluge.

Some residents of Georgetown, between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, were preparing by stacking sandbags or moving their possessions as rivers crest upstream causing the potential of more flooding...

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