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August 26, 2016 - 4:27pm
12 hours 17 min ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The latest federal court filings in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case shed light on what each side is worried about, and how wide the alleged political revenge plot in New Jersey may have spread.

Attorneys filed more briefs this week outlining evidence they want to introduce — and keep out — at next month's trial of a former aide and a former top appointee of Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Bridget Kelly and Bill...

August 26, 2016 - 4:24pm
12 hours 17 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a surge in heroin overdoses in several states (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths.

The spikes in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia over the past few days have seen rescue workers rushing from scene to scene to provide overdose antidote drugs....

August 26, 2016 - 4:15pm
12 hours 38 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is fining four airlines for failing to have accurate notices explaining compensation for passengers who are bumped from flights or whose baggage is damaged or lost.

The Department of Transportation said Friday that it fined American Airlines $45,000, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines $40,000 each, and United Airlines $35,000.

Under federal rules, airlines must explain potential compensation when they bump...

August 26, 2016 - 3:37pm
12 hours 48 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

The FBI opened a hate crime investigation after the February attack. But spokesman Kevin Rowson said Friday that with Blackwell sentenced in state court, the agency decided not to pursue...

August 26, 2016 - 3:35pm
13 hours 28 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time.

State health officials say a positive sample of a highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian flu came from a mallard duck. It was among wild bird samples collected during a banding project at a Fairbanks area waterfowl refuge earlier this month.

Officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

August 26, 2016 - 3:28pm
13 hours 28 min ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on a computer breach involving Northwest hunting and fishing license sales (all times local):

1:24 p.m.

Officials say a computer breach in a vendor's system that processes online hunting and fishing license sales has exposed several million records containing personal information in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.

The Washington State Office of Cyber Security in a statement Friday says the U.S....

August 26, 2016 - 3:27pm
13 hours 28 min ago

The latest plan to build the first public pool in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien is making waves.

The turbulence developed over the past several months after a consultant recommended an outdoor, seasonal pool at the town-owned Weed Beach Park, which sits on Long Island Sound next to multimillion-dollar houses.

Nearby property owners are voicing concerns over security, traffic, noise, cost, and building in a wetlands area vulnerable to damage...

August 26, 2016 - 3:17pm
13 hours 28 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the killing of a black man by Milwaukee police that sparked two nights of violence (all times local):

2 p.m.

Nearly 2,000 people turned out at a church on Milwaukee's north side for the funeral of a man who died in a confrontation with police.

Sylville Smith's life was celebrated at Christian Faith Fellowship Church in a service that included remarks by the Rev. Jesse Jackson....

August 26, 2016 - 3:11pm
13 hours 28 min ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —

Muhammad Ali's legendary presence made him a natural ambassador for the Kentucky center bearing his name. Now his family and friends hope his absence won't stop fans from opening their checkbooks to support his legacy.

Ali's death in June left the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville without its co-founder and guiding force.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the question now is what will...

August 26, 2016 - 3:04pm
13 hours 38 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who purchases the company's products and resells them in Canada at a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe's.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a district court in Washington did have the authority to hear the lawsuit's federal trademark claims even though the defendant, Michael Hallatt, does not sell the products in the...

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