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July 27, 2016 - 10:41am
8 min 40 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, while not directly denying Russian involvement in the hack, says Moscow would never interfere in another country's election.

"President Putin more than once has said the Russia would never interfere and does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, especially...

July 27, 2016 - 10:32am
8 min 40 sec ago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A manslaughter charge has been dismissed against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the 2014 fatal shooting of a black man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle.

A circuit judge ruled Wednesday for Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Peter Peraza, who sought to get the case thrown out under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law. Peraza faced 30 years in prison if convicted.

The decision can be...

July 27, 2016 - 10:28am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of fatally shooting his young niece and wounding his nephew when he tried to "quiet them" has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder.

Franklin County's prosecutor said Wednesday that a grand jury in Columbus also indicted 59-year-old Milous Keith on charges of murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and having weapons under disability. Court records don't list an attorney for Keith, who is in jail....

July 27, 2016 - 10:22am
8 min 40 sec ago

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a man who collapsed in the back of a squad car.

Christiansburg town spokeswoman Melissa Powell said police arrested 59-year-old Leonard J. Karr without incident Monday afternoon after he was reportedly acting strangely outside the Microtel Inn & Suites.

Her statement says he was arrested on a probation violation without any use of force and put in handcuffs in the...

July 27, 2016 - 10:21am
8 min 40 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to identify Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing politically embarrassing emails fits his administration's new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins.

Even as the U.S. continues to secretly hack its own adversaries, Obama is raising the stakes for countries caught behind the keyboards engaging in cyber espionage. That includes even...

July 27, 2016 - 10:06am
38 min 36 sec ago

EGMONT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Fire officials are assessing the damage after a lightning strike sparked a fire on Egmont Key off Florida's west coast.

Authorities say almost 80 acres burned Tuesday following the lightning strike on the state park which is located on a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

News outlets report that officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S....

July 27, 2016 - 10:06am
38 min 35 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers now have a new way to savor the team's NBA title.

The Cavs are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opened Wednesday in Columbus.

The butter sculpture display includes life-sized Cavaliers' mascots Moondog and Sir C.C., along with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The trophy sculpture is about 4 feet tall, much larger than the actual award.

The...

July 27, 2016 - 10:00am
38 min 35 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes crept up in June, a possible indication that the recent growth in real estate sales is still on track.

The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.2 percent last month to 111, regaining some ground after a dip in May. The index of upcoming sales improved 1 percent from a year ago, as buyer demand remains strong despite fewer properties being...

July 27, 2016 - 10:00am
38 min 35 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge has upheld the firing of a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill black man in 2014.

Former officer Christopher Manney was fired for his actions leading up to Dontre Hamilton's death, but not for the shooting itself.

Manney appealed his firing to the circuit court after losing an appeal with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://...

July 27, 2016 - 9:53am
38 min 35 sec ago

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah, Georgia, say the death of a worker found dead at a school construction site is being investigated as a homicide.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police identified the slain man as Raymond Williams, a 46-year-old "overnight site worker."

Police say he was found unresponsive by a worker at the construction site of Juliette Low Elementary School, and later declared dead.

Savannah-Chatham County...

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