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November 25, 2015 - 3:52pm
13 hours 42 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a first-of-a-kind flu vaccine that contains a booster to help protect seniors vulnerable to the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration says Fluad is the first seasonal vaccine that contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the body's immune response. The agency approved the vaccine late Tuesday to prevent seasonal flu in people 65 and older.

Several vaccines already include boosters,...

November 25, 2015 - 3:51pm
13 hours 42 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a $607 billion defense authorization bill despite his objection to provisions that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

As a candidate, Obama promised to close the prison immediately if he was elected. But opposition from Congress to moving detainees to the U.S. has thwarted his attempts for years.

The White House has promised to make a final push to close the prison...

November 25, 2015 - 3:47pm
9 hours 22 min ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Costco officials say testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in the company's chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.

Craig Wilson, Costco vice president of food safety and quality assurance, said Wednesday he was told by the Food and Drug Administration that the strain of E. coli seems to be connected to an onion and celery mix....

November 25, 2015 - 3:36pm
10 hours 2 min ago

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of a city police van bringing him to the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the 31-year-old leaped from the van's passenger's...

November 25, 2015 - 3:35pm
14 hours 22 min ago

The November gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,070.00 an ounce -- down $3.80.

The current silver contract on the "NYMEX" closed unchanged at $14.17 an ounce.

November 25, 2015 - 3:34pm
14 hours 22 min ago

LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has spent decades trying to prove he's an American Indian, and folks in his bayou town no longer doubt he's a proud member of Louisiana's 17,000-strong Houma tribe.

Not so for the federal government. For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native American tribe have failed — much like those of dozens of other groups nationwide.

But this could change.

In June, the...

November 25, 2015 - 3:16pm
14 hours 22 min ago

SEATTLE (AP) — The student body president of Western Washington University says she has received death threats involving her race and no longer feels safe on the Bellingham campus.

Belina Seare, a black woman, made her comments Wednesday during a news conference concerning the malicious comments made about her on social media.

Seare compared the racist remarks to similar incidents at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and on campuses across...

November 25, 2015 - 3:14pm
14 hours 22 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The attorney for a Cleveland man accused of taking his 5-year-old son from the Alabama home of the boy's mother in 2002 and creating new identities says he will plead not guilty next week.

Bobby Hernandez is due to be arraigned Tuesday on charges that include kidnapping, forgery and tampering with records.

Authorities say Hernandez moved to Cleveland and built a new life for himself and his son.

The ruse fell...

November 25, 2015 - 3:13pm
14 hours 22 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.

In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family says Gifford suffered from unspecified "cognitive and behavioral symptoms" in his later years. He died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.

His widow, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a...

November 25, 2015 - 3:04pm
15 hours 12 min ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate says he'll appeal to the state's highest court.

Owen Labrie's lawyers say the trial judge shouldn't have allowed a felony count of using a computer to lure the girl.

They also said in a notice of appeal filed Wednesday they will challenge whether Labrie should have been ordered to register as a sex offender for life. They...

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