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Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 04:35 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.

Irek Hamidullin was a combatant captured on the battlefield — not a financier, recruiter or schemer arrested outside the theater of war, like so many of the terror suspects who've been tried by civilian courts instead of by the U.S. military.


Hope for miracle dims but search goes on for missing boys

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 04:19 AM

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Families hope for a miracle as rescue crews head into a seventh day of searches Thursday for two teens missing at sea.

The Coast Guard, which is leading the effort involving several agencies, have insisted it remains an "active and open" case now focused on a mammoth swath of ocean stretching from Florida up to the coast of South Carolina.


Sept. 2 hearing in longtime inmate's quest for freedom

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 04:04 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for Sept. 2 in the case of longtime Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox.

Woodfox is seeking freedom after decades of prison isolation — and an end to the state's efforts to try him in the 1972 death of a prison guard.

Woodfox's two previous convictions in the guard's death were overturned.

A federal judge ordered Woodfox's release in June and barred a third trial, saying there was no way the state could try Woodfox fairly.


APNewsBreak: Gov't finds health law co-ops awash in red ink

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats fed up with the health insurance industry used President Barack Obama's overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete against entrenched corporations. Taxpayers put up $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going.

But a government audit out Thursday finds that co-ops are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals.

The inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department finds that only one out of 23 co-ops — the one in Maine — made money last year.


Senate poised to approve 3-month extension to highway bill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care and leave a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.

The Senate plans to take up a House-passed bill on Thursday that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29 and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. That's enough money to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states through mid-December.


Judge to consider fate of convent Katy Perry wants to buy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:12 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about whether the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles can sell a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood to pop singer Katy Perry.

An order of nuns owns the multimillion dollar property and has sold it to a businesswoman who wants to develop it into a hotel and restaurant. The archbishop, however, contends the nuns didn't have authority to make the sale and Perry's $14.5 million offer for the property is a better deal. The archbishop's lawyers have asked a judge to overturn the sale.


AM Prep-Cooler Copy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:06 AM

Jail Lawn Doughnut

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Deputies didn't have to go far to lock up a Florida man after authorities say he drove in circles on the lawn in front of the county jail and then crashed into a flag pole.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Michael Lee Roberts pulled his SUV up to the jail's main door and entered the building Monday evening.


AM Prep-Cyber Corner

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:06 AM

IN THE NEWS: IS THE INTERNET WATCHING YOU?


Stallone puts 'Rocky,' 'Rambo' memorabilia up for auction

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 03:03 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Rambo" and "Rocky" fans no longer have to fight Sylvester Stallone for a piece of those movies' memorabilia.

Stallone announced Thursday he's putting hundreds of props and costumes from his personal collection up for auction in October, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military charities.


Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:57 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A richly colored geological upheaval along the Arizona-Utah border is one of the most sought-after hikes in the West.

But The Wave isn't without dangers. Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have implemented a series of safety measures following three deaths in 2013.

A new proposal to change the way permits are doled out and increase fees also could free up more people to focus on giving visitors safety advice.


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