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October 8, 2015 - 6:43pm
12 min 38 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio has raised roughly $6 million over the last three months for his Republican White House bid.

That's according to an attendee at the Florida senator's donor retreat in Las Vegas, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share fundraising numbers before they're officially released by the campaign.

Rubio's poll numbers may be rising, but the fundraising total is far less than some of his rivals for the quarter that...

October 8, 2015 - 6:28pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stephenie Meyer acknowledges her new book isn't exactly "new."

Appearing Thursday at New York Comic Con, the author spoke of the 10th anniversary edition of the first book of her blockbuster "Twilight" series. The release includes the original "Twilight" along with "Life and Death," essentially the same story, except she switched the names and genders of the main characters, with Bella and Edward now Beau and Edythe.

"I want to say...

October 8, 2015 - 6:15pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the automaker's emissions rigging violated state consumer protection laws and clean air standards.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday that his state would seek restitution for consumers, and an injunction and civil penalties to prohibit future violations.

Paxton, who himself has been indicted for securities fraud, said in a statement, "When companies willfully violate...

October 8, 2015 - 6:09pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A demolition subcontractor says he warned the contractor on trial for a fatal building collapse in Philadelphia that a towering brick wall was dangerous.

Sean Benschop (BEN'-skahp), who testified Thursday against contractor Griffin Campbell, pleaded guilty in the 2013 deaths of six people killed when the wall fell onto an adjacent thrift store.

Benschop says he should have "walked away" from the site when Campbell refused to take...

October 8, 2015 - 6:01pm
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GIBSON, La. (AP) — State police say three workers have died from an explosion and fire at a natural gas facility along a small highway near the oil and gas city of Houma.

State police Trooper Evan Harrell said the bodies of three workers were found following Thursday's explosion. He says two other workers were seriously injured.

The explosion erupted about 11 a.m. at a facility owned by the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Williams...

October 8, 2015 - 5:58pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit against a privately owned zoo in Iowa that houses hundreds of animals, including exotic tigers and lemurs, could provide the first definitive court ruling in the country on how so-called "roadside zoos" must care for animals considered endangered.

The lawsuit filed last year by an animal rights group on behalf of five Iowa residents criticizes Cricket Hollow Zoo, a facility in the small northeast Iowa farming community of...

October 8, 2015 - 5:53pm
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University is bringing alumnus Keegan-Michael Key to serve as the school's homecoming grand marshal this week.

The Centre Daily Times reports ( ) the 44-year-old actor says he hopes to give back to the university where he received his master of fine arts degree in 1996.

Key says he was surprised when he was asked to be the grand marshal, citing other alumni he says were more deserving....

October 8, 2015 - 5:51pm
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — During ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial, a former miner testified management required alerting underground miners when federal inspectors had arrived.

In Charleston federal court Thursday, ex-Massey miner Bobbie Pauley said managers, up to Massey subsidiary president Christopher Blanchard, ordered the warnings at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. She said underground workers would stop mining and quickly attend to neglected...

October 8, 2015 - 5:51pm
12 min 38 sec ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man drove a stolen car to police headquarters to pick up court papers about a previous auto theft he was involved in — documents that were found in yet another stolen car.

Carnell Eugene Butler now faces charges in three stolen car cases.

St. Petersburg police say officers found a stolen Infiniti on Sunday. Inside, they found Butler's documents related to a June auto theft arrest....

October 8, 2015 - 5:50pm
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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A former Boy Scouts leader who distributed child pornography over the Internet has been sentenced in New Jersey to 20 years in prison.

Gerrett Conover was sentenced Thursday in Camden. He had pleaded guilty to a count of distribution of child porn. A 13-count indictment unsealed in 2013 also had charged him with sexual exploitation of children.

The 50-year-old resident of Woolwich Township in Gloucester County was arrested in 2012...

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