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August 30, 2015 - 11:50am
4 hours 49 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A shark has been spotted in the waters off a San Diego County beach for the second time in two days, prompting lifeguards to extend an advisory warning beachgoers of the shark sighting.

Authorities say a kayaker who was fishing off the La Jolla coast reported seeing a hammerhead shark Sunday afternoon. The kayaker said the shark followed him as he paddled toward the shore.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson says lifeguards...

August 30, 2015 - 11:47am
10 hours 49 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — "Straight Outta Compton" marked three consecutive weekends atop the box office, while the Christian drama "War Room" proved an unexpected success.

Universal's N.W.A biopic grossed an estimated $13.2 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The only other film to lead the box office three straight weeks this summer was "Jurassic World."

Though the late August weekend held scant competition for "Straight Outta...

August 30, 2015 - 11:17am
15 hours 9 min ago

WHEELOCK, Vt. (AP) — A 20-year-old is the latest resident of the Vermont town of Wheelock to take advantage of a quirky scholarship that allows him to attend Dartmouth College tuition-free.

Noah Manning says he was in third grade when he first heard about the special deal for students from his rural town — if they could get in.

Despite the offer, the scholarship has only been used nine times in almost 200 years.

The scholarship...

August 30, 2015 - 11:13am
16 hours 9 min ago

The M in MTV will stand for Miley on Sunday night.

Miley Cyrus is set to host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for "Wrecking Ball."

The 22-year-old will be in good company. Justin Bieber will perform his new single, "What Do You Mean." Taylor Swift, the leader with 10 nominations, will attend, and Nicki Minaj will...

August 30, 2015 - 11:07am
17 hours 59 min ago

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A collection of hundreds of pictures of servicemen and women is the lasting legacy of a tavern owner in upstate New York.

Charlie Siciliano's restaurant is long gone from the streets of Mechanicville 70 years after the war ended. But the black-and-white portraits he took endure.

Kimberly Guise is a curator at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. She says the quality, size and longevity of the Siciliano...

August 30, 2015 - 10:47am
18 hours 9 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming .

Studies show that more than 3.5 trillion...

August 30, 2015 - 10:43am
18 hours 9 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle.

Atlanta-based NRD Capital took over after shareholder approval last week of its $175 million acquisition that ended family operation of the Cincinnati-based regional business dating to a 1939 drive-thru. Fund founder and interim Frisch's CEO Aziz Hashim (AH'-zeez HAH'-sheem) calls Frisch's a "fantastic" investment opportunity.

He calls it an "...

August 30, 2015 - 10:33am
18 hours 9 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita airport will soon face his punishment.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is scheduled to sentence Terry L. Loewen on Monday.

The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He struck a deal with prosecutors for a 20-year sentence that the judge has said he's "almost certain" to impose.

The former...

August 30, 2015 - 10:31am
18 hours 9 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.

There's no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the more than 600 school districts suing Texas argue that classroom funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed. The state has said it meets constitutional...

August 30, 2015 - 10:26am
5 hours 59 min ago

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills says it's eager to do its part to fight climate change, so it's setting a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent over the next decade — from farm to fork to landfill.

The giant food company outlined its plans to The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement Monday.

General Mills says it will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy in its own operations. But...

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