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August 26, 2016 - 10:41am
14 hours 17 min ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fisheries for lobsters and crabs are grappling with a shortage of bait, but the answer could be coming in the form of a synthetic alternative.

The National Science Foundation has funded the efforts of a Greensboro, North Carolina, firm that has invented a product called OrganoBait. The product mimics bait's ability to attract crustaceans via smell.

Lobster traps are most commonly baited with dead herring, and there is a...

August 26, 2016 - 10:34am
14 hours 27 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease.

The new advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for Zika. Previously, the requirement was limited to areas with active Zika transmission, such as Puerto Rico and two Florida counties.

Blood...

August 26, 2016 - 10:30am
14 hours 27 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Council plans to summon Baltimore police to a hearing to explain its use of a manned plane with cameras to record movements all across the city.

The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2bp2W2Z ) that council members will ask the department why it didn't disclose its use of a private company to fly the plane and collect the images.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said Wednesday that it's just another...

August 26, 2016 - 10:29am
14 hours 27 min ago

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — American flags will be reinstalled on some firetrucks in a New York community after an outcry that followed fire commissioners' orders to take them down.

Fire commissioners in the Arlington Fire District in the town of Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see) had ordered the large flags removed from the back of three fire engines earlier this month. The move was made over concerns about possible U.S. flag code violations and potential safety risks to...

August 26, 2016 - 10:16am
14 hours 27 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is promising $4.5 million for job creation and to clean up blighted property in a poor neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side where the recent fatal police shooting of a black man led to violent unrest.

Community leaders say frustration over unemployment and economic disparities underlie the violence and destruction of property that rocked Sherman Park for two nights following the Aug. 13 killing of Sylville Smith....

August 26, 2016 - 10:12am
14 hours 27 min ago

CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — Funerals are beginning for the five people killed in a weekend massacre in southwest Alabama.

A service is scheduled Friday morning in Citronelle for Shannon Randall and husband Joseph Adam Turner, plus Randall's brother, Robert Lee Brown.

Services will be held Saturday for Justin and Chelsea Reed, who were married. Reed's unborn child also died when she was killed.

The five were found dead in a rural home...

August 26, 2016 - 10:03am
14 hours 27 min ago

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer who was fatally shot in eastern Tennessee was responding to the second domestic disturbance in the same day at the home.

Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said officers lacked probable cause to take the suspect into custody the first time they were called to the home in Maryville, on Thursday morning. A second call that afternoon reported more violence, and a gun involved.

The sheriff's...

August 26, 2016 - 10:00am
14 hours 47 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Fed is moving toward raising interest rates in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she's stopping short of signaling any timetable for the next rate hike.

Yellen is offering a generally upbeat assessment of the economy in a speech to a conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She notes strong gains in employment and strength in consumer...

August 26, 2016 - 9:58am
14 hours 57 min ago

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

In the last four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has been struck by lightning, bitten by a venomous spider and — most recently — attacked by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake in his backyard in Lakeland.

His father, Mike Cook, calls his son "a walking Murphy's law."

The younger Cook was almost finished mowing the yard at his...

August 26, 2016 - 9:54am
14 hours 57 min ago

LORIS, S.C. (AP) — It wasn't quite Timmy in the well, but a dog named Tuxx is credited with helping save a South Carolina teen trapped in a collapsing hole.

Local media report it took rescuers five hours Monday night to dig out 17-year-old Jarad Johnson of Loris. He was using excavation equipment on family property when he got off the machine and fell into a 10-foot hole as unstable soil caved in.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/...

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