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June 29, 2016 - 5:33am
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces sentencing Wednesday for a brutal home invasion beating that was caught on a home surveillance camera.

Shawn Custis, of Newark, was convicted June 1 of aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes for the 2013 attack in Millburn.

A woman and her 3-year-old daughter were home at the time. The woman suffered injuries but survived and testified against Custis. The child wasn't injured.

The...

June 29, 2016 - 4:18am
2 min 38 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Alaska faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit, the oil fund wealth checks distributed yearly to nearly every Alaskan could be on the chopping block.

It could mean the first time in more than 30 years that most Alaskans won't get a check from the government just for living in the state.

Gov. Bill Walker will announce budget vetoes Wednesday morning. But the Juneau Empire reported earlier this month that he said all...

June 29, 2016 - 3:59am
2 min 38 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has provided compensation to the family of a Cameroonian child who was killed by a vehicle in U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power's motorcade.

The package included about $1,725 in cash; a pair of cows; hundreds of kilograms of flour, onions, rice, salt and sugar; and cartons of soap and oil.

State Department spokesman Jeffrey Loree says the U.S. also is drilling a well for potable water in the northern Cameroon village...

June 29, 2016 - 3:52am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says it's time to "move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no evidence of wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.

Not likely, especially in an election year with presidential rival Donald Trump lashing out.

An 800-page report by a special House committee makes no direct accusations against Clinton, who was...

June 29, 2016 - 3:46am
2 min 38 sec ago

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Its owner says an iconic West Virginia resort may take a couple of months to reopen after deadly floods, but Greenbrier's maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour rolls through next July.

The floods that swept through West Virginia last week and killed at least 23 people statewide carved a path of destruction unseen in generations at the historic Greenbrier.

When the worst...

June 29, 2016 - 3:46am
2 min 38 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to begin voting on a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment.

The White House-backed measure faced some opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, but party leaders endorsed it and promised to complete it before the July 1 deadline.

Puerto Rico is in a decade-long recession and has $70 billion in debt. The bill was passed...

June 29, 2016 - 3:05am
2 min 38 sec ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The window is small and the strategy tricky, but GOP legislative leaders in North Carolina say there's a chance to change the state law that sparked a clash over transgender rights nationally.

The law limits anti-discrimination rules that protect LGBT people. It also directs transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificates. Changes to that aren't on the table.

Talks instead center...

June 29, 2016 - 3:01am
2 min 38 sec ago

"There was blood on the ground. Everything was blown up to bits. ... if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us." — Hevin Zini, 12, who had just arrived with her family from Germany moments after suicide attackers killed dozens at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.

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"Not a single wheel of a single U.S. military asset had even turned toward Libya." — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Benghazi committee, after the panel...

June 29, 2016 - 2:51am
2 min 38 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.

Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio de Janeiro next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.

Phelps, who turns 31 on Friday, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure...

June 29, 2016 - 2:34am
2 min 38 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — Crews are expected to work into the night fighting a blaze at the scene of a train collision in the Texas Panhandle where three people are missing.

Floodlights were brought to the crash site near the town of Panhandle late Tuesday night. Flames were blocking efforts to search the wreckage for the missing crew members.

The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track Tuesday when they collided. BNSF spokesman Joe Faust says...

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