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July 17, 2015 - 2:48pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York state appeals court has restored a $5.2 million jury award for a Colorado woman severely injured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but the owner of the now-destroyed building is seeking to appeal.

The Manhattan Appellate Division said Tuesday that 71-year-old Linda Nash of Durango, Colorado, is entitled to damages awarded in 2009. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday forced a suspension of collection by filing papers...

July 17, 2015 - 2:41pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A trip originally planned to hand out free shoes and study a different culture has turned into a living history lesson.

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and a group including 10 of his student-athletes are flying to Cuba in time to see the United States finally enjoy full embassy status Monday in Havanna for the first time in decades. It's a trip to a country Williams wasn't even sure they could visit when he suggested Cuba as a...

July 17, 2015 - 2:40pm
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been sentenced to two years in prison after prosecutors said his companies tricked people across the nation into paying as much as $70 million in unauthorized charges on their phone bills.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also ordered Steven Sann of Stevensville to forfeit $500,000 on Friday.

Sann pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and money laundering.

A Federal Trade Commission...

July 17, 2015 - 2:38pm
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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Police have arrested a teenage boy in the death of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in an overgrown horse pasture near her home in suburban Salt Lake City.

West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo said Friday afternoon that investigators think the 15-year-old is the sole suspect. Russo declined to give the boy's name or discuss anything about him because he's a juvenile. Russo said he will likely be charged with murder....

July 17, 2015 - 2:38pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.

CEO Elon Musk says the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. It will allow the car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Tesla had referred to a previous package as "Insane Mode."

Musk also says Tesla will upgrade the battery pack of the Model S to improve its...

July 17, 2015 - 2:38pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama opened the Oval Office to a 110-year-old Detroit woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran.

Obama says Emma Didlake's service is a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought in World War II or supported those did.

Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943.

She held the rank of private and served...

July 17, 2015 - 2:33pm
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains of water ice.

The New Horizons spacecraft team revealed close-up photos of those plains Friday, three days after the historic flyby. Scientists have unofficially named the plains after Sputnik, the world's first man-made satellite.

Spanning a couple hundred miles, the plains are located in the bright, heart-shaped area of Pluto. Like the...

July 17, 2015 - 2:30pm
1 week 3 days ago

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the death of a black woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail cell (all times are local):

9 p.m.

Authorities in the county where a woman was found dead in a Texas jail say they've been barraged by critical social media postings that include many false allegations about the traffic stop that led to her arrest.

Sandra Bland was arrested in Prairie View...

July 17, 2015 - 2:25pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA's hospital system says information on as many as 4.5 million individuals was stored on servers that were accessed during cyber-attacks beginning last year.

UCLA Health said in a statement Friday that while there's no evidence that hackers acquired personal or medical data, it can't be immediately ruled out.

Officials say they are working with the FBI to track the source of the attacks. A message seeking further information...

July 17, 2015 - 2:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say an employee at a wholesale California grocer is lucky to be alive after his shirt sleeve got caught in a running meat grinder.

The man was trying to dislodge a piece of meat Thursday that appeared to be caught in a hopper at the San Luis Obispo grocer.

Fire Chief Garret Olson says the employee's sleeve was being pulled into the machine when a co-worker heard his screams and shut off the grinder....

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