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NYC jury acquits Atlanta Hawks' Sefolosha in police fracas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has been acquitted in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub.

A Manhattan jury found Sefolosha not guilty Friday of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors say he disobeyed police orders to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed outside the club on April 8.

Missing snake found under dryer tried to slither away

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:14 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Elvis the king cobra put up a fight, even briefly escaping, as animal control officers tried to lure it from underneath a dryer in an Orlando woman's garage.

The snake had been missing from its owner's home since Sept. 1 and was found Wednesday in the garage about a half-mile away.

Three animal control officers went there to capture Elvis.

US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it's strengthening privacy protections for consumers on the government's health insurance website ahead of a new sign-up season starting Nov. 1.

In a blog Friday, HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan says the web page will have a new "privacy manager" that lets consumers opt out of embedded connections to third-party advertising, analytics and social media sites.

The government originally said those third-party connections helped consumers have a better overall experience on HealthCare.gov.

US wholesale stockpiles rise in August, but sales fall

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.

The Commerce Department says wholesale stockpiles rose 0.1 percent, and sales fell 1 percent. Sales have slid 4.7 percent over the past 12 months. Inventories have increased 4.1 percent.

Falling oil prices account for much of the declining sales.

Truck falls from overpass near nation's capital; 1 dead

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:54 AM

SUITLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was killed when the semitractor-trailer he was driving fell from a Capital Beltway overpass onto a parkway in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.

Maryland State Police say the driver lost control on the outer loop of the beltway early Friday. The truck, carrying paper products, crashed through a guardrail and landed on the Suitland Parkway below.

Prince George's County Fire & EMS officials say the driver has died. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Picasso, Monet from William Koch collection to be auctioned

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:40 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — An erotic painting of a cabaret singer by Pablo Picasso with a second picture on the reverse side could bring over $60 million at auction.

Picasso's "The Night Club Singer" from his Blue Period was created in 1901.

A bawdy picture of his dealer, Pere Manach, is on the back. Sotheby's says it was revealed during a 2000 conservation. An inscription indicates it was intended as a gift to Manach.

The seller is billionaire businessman William Koch (kohk), who displayed it so it could be seen from both sides.

US stocks open higher, on track for best week this year

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:39 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher, keeping the market on track for its best week this year.

Mining companies were among the early gainers Friday. Newmont Mining and Freeport-McMoRan each jumped 4 percent.

Gap sank 7 percent in early trading after the struggling retailer posted disappointing September sales. Sales of women's clothing at Banana Republic slumped.

Alcoa dropped 3 percent after its results fell short of forecasts as lower aluminum prices continued to hurt its business.

APNewsBreak: Judge ends oversight in Amish girl chemo fight

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:38 AM

A judge in northeastern Ohio has formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who fought a hospital's attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy.

The move announced Friday comes more than a year after Sarah Hershberger's guardian said she was dropping her efforts to force the girl into chemotherapy for leukemia.

The girl's parents had halted chemotherapy two years ago because they feared it was killing her. Doctors had said she would die without the treatments.

The Latest: Safety official says derailment was preventable

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:35 AM

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — The latest on the results of a federal investigation into a fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia:

10:50 a.m.:

The acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration says a February train accident in southern West Virginia was preventable.

Sarah Feinberg said Friday that a CSX contractor's equipment picked up a potential flaw during inspections from a truck riding along the tracks in Mount Carbon in December 2014 and last January.

Searchers find boys alive in Kentucky's Red River Gorge area

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:33 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say two young cousins missing for nearly a day have been found alive in the rugged Red River Gorge area of Kentucky.

More than 100 searchers combed the wooded, ravine-filled area looking for the boys, ages 5 and 7.

State Police Trooper Joe Veeneman said Friday the boys were found about a mile from their campsite.

The trooper didn't have details on their condition.

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