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  • Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website

    Updated: 7 min ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website.

  • Hardy, Carden chasing records for Pirates' offense

    Updated: 9 min ago

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Justin Hardy and Shane Carden started their East Carolina careers working together on the scout team. Four years later, their connection means everything to the Pirates' pass-heavy attack — and has put both fifth-year seniors within reach of all kinds of records. Hardy has the chance to set the bowl subdivision record for career catches and has already set the program's career record for receiving yards. The receiver has 266 career catches, putting him 84 away from passing Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (349) for the FBS career record. Hardy had 114 as a junior. Carden, meanwhile, could own nearly every ECU career passing record by the end of the season.

  • US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top men's players

    Updated: 9 min ago

    Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday: NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 1 Ranked: 1 Age: 27 Country: Serbia 2014 Match Record: 39-6 2014 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 45 Major Titles: 7 — U.S. Open ('11), Wimbledon ('11, '14), Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-Lost in Final, '12-F, '11-Won Championship, '10-F, '09-SF Topspin: Hard courts usually his best surface, but did not perform well at Toronto or Cincinnati ahead of New York, going only 2-2. ... Reached the final each of the last four years at Flushing Meadows, but has only one title to show for it. ... Had lost five of his last six Grand Slam finals overall before winning Wim

  • US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top women's players

    Updated: 9 min ago

    Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday: SERENA WILLIAMS Seeded: 1 Ranked: 1 Age: 32 Country: United States 2014 Match Record: 38-6 2014 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 62 Major Titles: 17 — U.S. Open ('99, '02, '08, '12, '13), Wimbledon ('02, '03, '09, '10, '12), Australian Open ('03, '05, '07, '09, '10), French Open ('02, '13) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-Won Championship, '12-Won Championship, '11-Lost in Final, '10-Did Not Play, '09-SF Topspin: At majors in 2014, lost in fourth round at Australian Open, second round at French Open, third round at Wimbledon. ... Two-time defending champion at U.S. Open; trying to win three consecutive titles at one of

  • Man charged in biting attack at Lollapalooza

    Updated: 10 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 33-year-old man is accused of biting two men in a seemingly random attack as the Arctic Monkeys performed at Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. Cook County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Steve Campbell says Sergio Vicenteno is charged with aggravated battery in the Aug. 1 attack. He has not entered a plea. Vicenteno's attorney, Michael Gillespie, did not return a call Friday morning. Prosecutors say Vicenteno attacked one man, biting him in the shin. When a friend of the attacked man, Ben Lenet, tried to intervene, Vicenteno bit Lenet's arm. That bite broke Lenet's skin and drew blood. The 29-year-old Lenet says another friend kicked the attacker, who got up and calmly walked away.

  • US OPEN 2014: What to watch at year's last major

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    Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever. Nadal, the 2013 champion at Flushing Meadows, is sidelined by an injured right wrist. Federer is 33 and hasn't won a major championship in more than two years. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic is coming off a triumph at Wimbledon, yes, but he also has a .500 record since. Murray had back surgery and hasn't reached a final anywhere since winning Wimbledon more than a year ago.

  • US OPEN 2014: Serena chasing major title No. 18

    Updated: 10 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams stopped hiding from history and started making more of it. Up until a couple of years ago, she practically plugged her ears at any mention of records or firsts. Now she says it out loud: Coming into the U.S. Open, her next goal is matching two tennis greats for the second-most major titles in the Open era with 18. "Obviously just getting closer to tying with Chris (Evert) and Martina (Navratilova)," she said. Then she added: "But been doing that all year and still hasn't happened. Not going to stress out about it anymore." Williams has been stuck on 17 since winning the U.S. Open a year ago. When she started working with coach Patrick Mouratoglou in mid-2012, he urged her to embr

  • Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

    Updated: 15 min ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier. Then the lights inside flickered, the engine stalled and the ferry was adrift with more than 400 people onboard. The July 29 breakdown was the start of a tough summer for the nation's largest ferry system, which hauls about 23 million passengers — commuters, locals and tourists alike — among the islands, peninsulas and mainland cities of western Washington state.

  • Donaldson retains lead at Czech Masters

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    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Jamie Donaldson shot a 3-under 69 Friday to retain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Czech Masters and keep alive his hopes of a spot on Europe's Ryder Cup team. Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman was in a position to stretch his lead after producing six birdies and a bogey before finishing the second round with two bogeys on the last three holes for an overall 9-under 135. "I won't dwell on the poor shots," Donaldson said. "I played two pitches at seven and eight and misjudged them both so one's come out hot and one's come out dead. That slowed the run down, up until that point I was really motoring.

  • BC-US--Business Features Digest, US

    Updated: 17 min ago

    The business news enterprise package planned through Aug. 25. For comments or questions, call 212-621-1680. For questions about photos, call ext. 1900. For questions about graphics, call ext. 7636. Repeats of stories are available from http://apexchange.com or the Service Desk, 1-800-838-4616. Eds: YELLEN, STADIUM BEER SALES, POLICE BODY CAMERAS, CHINA-COAL GAS BOOM, JELLO-FLOP, FOOD AND FARM-FARMING RESURGENCE--All Sent Friday. YELLEN JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy.

  • Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

    Updated: 20 min ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer who was a star football player in high school and college is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on complaints including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure. Formal charges could be filed against the former Enid High School and Eastern Michigan University football player by Aug. 29, District Attorney David Prater said. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1twlXDV ) reported Friday that all of the alleged victims were between the ages of 34 and 58 and occurred in an area of the city north and east of the state Capitol buildin

  • Police: Steelers' Bell, Blount admitted buying pot

    Updated: 20 min ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount told police they "pitched in" to buy a bag of marijuana with a female friend shortly before they were pulled over — and Bell acknowledged smoking some, though he told the officer who pulled them over he felt OK to drive, police said in court papers. The criminal complaints against Bell, 22, and Blount, 27, were made public Friday morning. The complaints charge Bell, Blount and 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, of Elk Grove, California, with possessing a small amount — or less than 30 grams — of marijuana. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence.

  • Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy

    Updated: 20 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an aid convoy into the region without Kiev's permission. Merkel's office says she called Putin on Friday afternoon to express her "deep concern" about the fact that the convoy had crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border. She also spoke to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko about the incident, praising his government's cool-headed reaction. Merkel says despite Russia's actions, everything should be done to ensure the convoy reaches people in need and the same should be true for a Ukrainian aid convoy that is being blocked by the pro-Russian separatists. Merkel is traveling to Kie

  • NC troopers to add security to fracking hearing

    Updated: 21 min ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford. State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers. Hundreds are expected at the public hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing. Critics say toxic chemicals can be left behind by the method of injecting water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas. Mining and Energy Commission member James Womack expressed concerns after he said the Lee County sheriff declined to provide security.

  • Vikings adding $19M to stadium project

    Updated: 21 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are kicking in another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want. Rising steel prices and refined cost estimates for the stadium's massive pivoting glass doors created a budget shortfall and left the Vikings with a choice: Scrap certain features to cut costs or increase their share of the project. Steve Poppen, the Vikings' chief financial officer, said scaling back stadium design was "never an option." The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the board overseeing stadium construction, approved the increased spending Friday. "Our goal has always been to have the best game day experience, for our fans and for all Minnesotans who come to vis

  • Same-sex couple settle wedding venue dispute

    Updated: 22 min ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. Cole Frey and Adam Block have settled their discrimination complaint filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc., which operates a lodge used for weddings in Little Falls. Frey, 20, said he and Block, 18, complained to the Department of Human Rights after the venue's owners rejected their business because they were gay. Rice Creek employees initially told the couple the date for their wedding and reception was open, but then changed their minds.

  • Hernandez fiancee seeks perjury-charge dismissal

    Updated: 24 min ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to throw out perjury charges, saying Shayanna Jenkins did not willfully lie as she was bombarded with 1,630 questions over two days before a grand jury. Jenkins has pleaded not guilty in Fall River Superior Court. Prosecutors said she lied to the grand jury nearly 30 times during the investigation into the June 17, 2013, killing of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating her sister. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd. He is also separately charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Prosecutors told Superior Court Judge E.

  • Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate

    Updated: 25 min ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that there was nothing inappropriate about accepting gifts and loans from a wealthy vitamin entrepreneur who had asked nothing of him other than routine political courtesies and calling his father on his 80th birthday. Back on the witness stand for a third day in his public corruption trial, McDonnell said he was initially unaware that former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams sent a $50,000 check after a potential deal involving a loan of stock failed to materialize. But the cash loan was what he really wanted to plug an operating shortfall at two Virginia Beach vacation rental homes he owns with his sister, McDonnell said.

  • Humbled by 2012, Texas' Perry courts New Hampshire

    Updated: 26 min ago

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says in a visit to a key early voting state that he was humbled by his first run for president in 2012. Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire Friday and told them he had not decided yet whether to run again in 2016. His 2012 campaign ended badly when he made several missteps, including a highly-publicized gaffe when he froze up during a televised debate. Perry didn't shy away from last week's indictment on charges he abused his power when he followed through on a threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by a prosecutor who had been pulled over for drunk driving. Perry repeated his claim that the indictment is politically motivated

  • Reid apologizes for Asian jokes at Vegas luncheon

    Updated: 26 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas this week. Reid was addressing the city's Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. In one of his jokes, he told the audience, "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the comment was met with laughter from the crowd of about 100 people. Reid later issued a statement saying the joke was "in extremely poor taste" and that he sometimes says "the wrong thing." Officials with the Asian Chamber of Commerce said Friday that they don't have an immediate comment on the matter.