• Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd near Chicago

    Updated: 10 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man was killed and more than a dozen injured on Sunday when a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and collapsed on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb. Mike Rivas, deputy police chief in the suburb of Wood Dale, said three people were seriously injured. Fifteen people were transported to hospital and others slightly injured were treated at the scene and released, Wood Dale police said in a statement posted on Facebook. The fatality was identified as Wood Dale resident Steven Nincic, 35. The incident happened at midafternoon when a sudden storm brought high winds, hail and rain to the annual Prairie Fest, Rivas said.

  • No indications of potential gang violence at 75th Sturgis

    Updated: 11 min ago

    STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Never-before-seen crowds are expected to ride into the craggy, evergreen-dotted Black Hills of western South Dakota this week, all headed to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally is famous for bawdy behavior, with police busting hundreds each year for drunken driving and drugs, but authorities and bikers alike say there's no indication there will be violence like that seen this spring among outlaw clubs in Waco, Texas, where a shootout left nine people dead and twice as many injured. Several law enforcement agencies with a presence at Sturgis said they haven't received intelligence from officials nationwide that outlaw motorcycle gangs are planning violence as an extension of the Waco shootings.

  • HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

    Updated: 13 min ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC Corp. says strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit to 10 percent, and the bank has announced the sale of its Brazil business. The bank said Monday that profit for the six months ending June 30 rose to $13.6 billion, or 48 cents per share. Revenue rose 4 percent from a year earlier to $30.8 billion. Also Monday, HSBC announced it is selling its business in Brazil to Banco Bradesco SA for $5.2 billion amid a sweeping effort to streamline global operations. CEO Stuart Gulliver said in a statement that "strong revenue performance across our Asia businesses helped drive increased profits.

  • Rauner signs bill requiring airport breast-feeding rooms

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O'Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones. The weekend bill signing follows a Chicago City Council committee vote Friday on a similar proposal. The city's aviation commissioner has previously said O'Hare plans to install three lactation rooms by the end of the year. O'Hare and Midway each currently have one lactation room. U.S. Rep.

  • Airplane returns to Las Vegas airport after report of fire

    Updated: 15 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Airlines flight made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from a Las Vegas airport because of a reported engine fire. Officials at McCarran International Airport say the airplane bound for Fresno, California, departed just after 4 p.m. Saturday when witnesses say they saw flames and heard explosions from the engine. Airport spokesman Chris Jones says there were no injuries and the aircraft landed safely. Jones says Clark County firefighters inspected the airplane but found no evidence of a fire. Allegiant Airlines says the flight had to return because of a compressor stall in the left engine but the engine did remain operational. The airline says no engine fire suppre

  • Storms with high winds, rain and hail pound Chicago area

    Updated: 16 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Severe storms swept through the Chicago area late Sunday packing high winds, rain and hail that toppled trees and power lines, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The storms hit hardest about 50 miles north of Chicago, where National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro says there are reports that a tornado touched down near Grayslake. Castro says the area was hit with winds of up to 60 mph along with hail and lightning. He says the threat of severe thunderstorms continues until about 2 a.m. Monday. Chris Covelli, a detective with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, says there is extensive damage and police have closed numerous roads in unincorporated areas of northern Illinois because

  • Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave

    Updated: 17 min ago

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning. He's turned off the air conditioning to lower his power bill. With fewer customers, he's cut staff hours and tried to make up the lost income by raising some prices. But Puerto Rico's entrenched economic crisis is leading people to either cut their personal spending to the basics or flee to the mainland to search for jobs, contributing to the struggles of those left on the island. "We're making every single adjustment needed," Martin said. "We have to make these decisions because if not..." He trailed off, hesit

  • Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes

    Updated: 18 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out. Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, the study found. But only 3 percent of young children studied were that picky. Less severe pickiness, dubbed "moderate selected eating" in the study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are children who will only eat a narrow range of foods.

  • Year later, AP reporter recalls origins of Ferguson movement

    Updated: 26 min ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown's death, Associated Press reporter Jim Salter watched as a neighborhood protest launched a national movement. ___ Until August 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, wasn't the kind of place that generated much news. It was a mostly quiet suburban town of 21,000, a mix of beautiful old homes and working-class neighborhoods. Like a lot of communities in north St. Louis County, it had seen significant white flight and was now two

  • Malaysia IOC Doping Suspicious Tests

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    International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack, right, speaks with a fellow International Olympic Committee member during the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Three weeks before the world championships, athletics was thrown into turmoil by new accusations of widespread doping and experts denouncing an anti-doping system compromised by leniency. German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain said they obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. The files came from the database of the IAAF and were leaked by a whistleblower, according to the reports. The IAAF said it was aware of "serious allegations made against the integrity and compe

  • Asian stocks fall on weak Chinese manufacturing, oil slump

    Updated: 35 min ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices as investors looked ahead to U.S. data on factory output and employment. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6 percent to 3,603.59 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1 percent to 24,398.91. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 declined 0.5 percent to 20,485.56 and Seoul's Kospi lost 0.8 percent to 2,013.43. Australia's S&P ASX 200 retreated 0.5 percent to 5,673.30 and Taiwan, Singapore and Jakarta also declined. On Friday on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.3 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 index shed 0.2 percent while the Nasdaq composite was little changed. CHINESE MANUFACTURING RETREAT: Two surveys showe

  • Closing ceremonies held for Los Angeles Special Olympics

    Updated: 36 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of athletes have said goodbye to Los Angeles in an emotional closing ceremony for the Special Olympics. After more than a week of games, athletes from more than 160 countries were applauded as they gathered on chairs on the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Placards from their delegations were brought in on a gigantic red carpet. The colorful Special Olympics flag was lowered and presented to a delegation from Austria, where the Winter Games will be held in 2017. The flame lit in the Coliseum cauldron when the games opened on July 25 was extinguished. During the games, some 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities took part in 25 sports ranging from weightlifting to so

  • Close aide to VP's late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC

    Updated: 44 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign. Josh Alcorn, a longtime Democratic operative, had been former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden's top political and fundraising adviser before he died of brain cancer in May. A known commodity in the Biden world, Alcorn raised money for Joe Biden's 2008 presidential campaign, and also served in the top fundraising role for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's vast political operation.

  • AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless package

    Updated: 49 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago. The change isn't huge, given that AT&T and DirecTV already had cross-marketing deals as separate companies. But Monday's announcement is "the first step of what's to come," said Brad Bentley, AT&T's chief marketing officer for entertainment and Internet services. Bentley said AT&T is planning several products to integrate mobile phone and TV services in ways rivals can't because they don't own both businesses. He wouldn't provide details on those plans.

  • Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes

    Updated: 54 min ago

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations. Wildfires are also burning in Washington and Oregon. The biggest California wildfire — raging in the Lower Lake area north of San Francisco — spread through Sunday to cover even more drought-stricken ground. The fast-moving blaze had charred 84 square miles by Sunday night, an area much bigger than San Francisco's 49 square miles. The fire has destroyed 24 homes and 26 outbuildings and was threatening 6,300 homes. However, no homes were lost on Sunday, state fire spokesman Jay Smith said.

  • Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches

    Updated: 57 min ago

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico. There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic in Las Cruces, Las Cruces police spokesman Danny Trujillo said. Each building sustained minor damage. Authorities are working to determine who planted the explosives, what materials were used and whether the blasts were related. "It doesn't appear to be coincidental because of the timing, but you never know," Trujillo told The Associated Press. Several agencies including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and New Mexico

  • Advocates fear more impunity in Mexico photographer killing

    Updated: 58 min ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an investigation barely underway, Mexican journalist protection groups are already expressing fears that authorities won't consider the brutal killing of a photojournalist as being related to his work — even though he fled the state he covered fearing for his safety. Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation in the death of Ruben Espinosa, whose tortured body was found along with four slain women in an apartment in Mexico's capital. Prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said authorities were following protocols for crimes against journalists and crimes against women, as well as looking at robbery as a possible motive in the case.

  • EPISD "penny swap" would fund also technology, arts

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    An upcoming El Paso Independent School District "penny swap" election would generate money for everything from fine arts to new school buses, in addition to much-touted employee raises. If voters living within EPISD's boundaries approve the measure this month, it would generate $13.8 million annually for the district, primarily from state matching dollars. More than $9 million would go to employee raises, but the remaining funds could be directed to technology, new buses, fine arts, athletics, summer programs and more, district officials said. The areas are already priorities for EPISD, but the penny swap election would help speed up initiatives' implementation, EPISD Deputy Superintendent of Academics and School Leader

  • Cowboys' Bryant has prolonged incident with teammate at camp

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dez Bryant kept going after Dallas cornerback Tyler Patmon in a heated training camp skirmish that didn't end until quarterback Tony Romo finally stepped in and calmed his star receiver. Bryant, who has a history of sideline antics that include screaming at coaches and teammates, threw something at Patmon and later appeared to take a swing at him after the two tangled during a play in 11-on-11 work late in the practice Sunday. The incident started when Patmon jarred Bryant's helmet loose during a play and Bryant responded by yanking off Patmon's helmet. Patmon threw a punch and backed away, and Bryant came back with a wild left hook before teammates separated them. The Cowboys posted video of the excha

  • Gov't reaction criticized in case of Mexico slain journalist

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered. Investigators are following protocols for crimes against journalists and crimes against women, as well as looking at robbery as a possible motive, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said in news conference. But journalism and human rights activists were alarmed by Rios' comments, saying Ruben Espinosa's work and the threats that drove him out of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz should be the main line of investigation.