• Andretti Autosport signs Justin Wilson for rest of season

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Andretti is giving Justin Wilson another shot. Andretti Autosport announced Tuesday that the 36-year-old Englishman has been hired for the final five races of the IndyCar season and will again drive the No. 25 car. Wilson competed in two races with Andretti's team earlier this year in the same car. He finished 29th in the road race at Indianapolis and 30th in the Indianapolis 500. The Honda-powered team will now compete with four cars for the rest of the season. Wilson has made 170 IndyCar starts, won seven races, eight poles and finished on the podium 26 times. He is hoping a finishing flourish will help him land a full-time job for the 2016 season.

  • Pope has packed final Ecuador day but holding up well

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    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis kicked off a whirlwind final full day in Ecuador on Tuesday with an open-air Mass in the capital sandwiched between meetings with bishops, indigenous groups and students and capped by a visit to a famed Jesuit church. Francis arrived at Quito's Bicentennial Park to cheers from a half-million people, some 300,000 of whom camped out overnight to score a good spot. They were rewarded with a pre-dawn deluge that sent some 20 people to paramedics with hypothermia, city operations director Cristian Rivera said. But the sun broke out as Francis arrived on his popemobile to do a tour through the grounds, with fans tossing confetti on him as he zoomed by.

  • Fatal accident restricts travel on I-8 west of Gila Bend

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    GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say travel on Interstate 8 is partially restricted because a fatal accident. The Arizona Department of Transportation says westbound lanes have reopened since the Tuesday morning accident but eastbound lanes are closed at Citrus Valley Road in Gila Bend. ADOT says an alternate route for eastbound traffic is Business I-8 to Butterfield Trail. The state Department of Public Safety says a vehicle rolled and caught fire, killing at least one person. Additional information on the accident is not immediately available. Interstate 8 is the main route between Arizona and San Diego.

  • After legal fight, public path to 'Billionaires' Beach' open

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    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — It may be called "Billionaires' Beach," but the pristine views along one of Malibu's most exclusive coastlines are now easily accessible to anyone. After a decadelong legal fight that pitted public access advocates against a wealthy homeowner who refused to build a path, the California Coastal Commission is officially opening a third walkway along the 1.5-mile Carbon Beach on Tuesday. "It's an amazing stretch of coast that should be open to everyone," said Charles Lester, the commission's executive director. Carbon Beach is renowned for its majestic shoreline and high net-worth celebrities and homeowners. Heavy-hitters include Larry Ellison, former chief executive of Oracle Corp.

  • Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May

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    The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there. "This is an important first step for our company and the cruise industry," CEO Arnold Donald told The Associated Press in an email. "It begins our efforts to shape a long sustained industry experience in Cuba." The weeklong cruises will be aboard the Adonia, which carries 710 passengers.

  • Afghan government officials in direct talks with Taliban

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In an unprecedented step after more than a decade of hostility, Afghan government officials are meeting in Pakistan with representatives of the Taliban, according to Afghan and Pakistani officials. An official from the Afghan government's high peace council told The Associated Press that the meeting took place Tuesday in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. However an official with the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that two days of talks would begin on Wednesday. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

  • Gov. Hogan makes first public appearance since chemotherapy

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    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has made his first public appearance since finishing his opening round of chemotherapy last week. Unscheduled, Hogan came downstairs on Monday from his second-floor Annapolis office to open the restored Old Senate Chamber to visitors. Hogan completed his first course of chemotherapy last week for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He told the visitors that he felt "pretty good" and wasn't feeling some of the harsh side effects of the treatment. Hogan says that opening the chamber back to the public was a historic event in itself. The chamber was closed for three years while undergoing $8 million in work to restore it to its appearance when Washington addressed Co

  • Ohio city cancels weekend hip-hop concerts after melee

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    CINCINNATI (AP) — A summer hip-hop concert series has been canceled in downtown Cincinnati after a violent weekend melee linked to the last one. Organizers announced Tuesday that this Saturday night's performance by Cincinnati native Cal Scruby (SKROO'-bee) is off, as are the remaining hip-hop shows for the summer. An email was sent to Scruby's web site contact for comment. The city's mayor, police chief and other leaders Monday offered assurances that downtown will be safe as the city hosts Major League Baseball's July 14 All-Star Game and related events leading up to it.

  • Police seek help after nut theft, post mug shot of squirrel

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    SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in suburban Detroit are having a little fun while asking for help from the public in figuring out who swiped roughly 28,000 pounds of packaged nuts. The Shelby Township Police Department says a truck and trailer packed with 18 pallets of walnuts and other snack nuts were taken the weekend of June 27. Police say the truck and trailer were found July 1 in Detroit, but the nuts worth more than $128,000 were gone. The department on Tuesday issued an appeal for information on its Facebook page — posting a mug shot of a squirrel along with details of the case. Police in the Macomb County community have had a few noteworthy animal encounters recently, rounding up a goat in a parking lot

  • AP Source: Timberwolves give Kevin Garnett 2 more years

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett is returning for season No. 21. A person with direct knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that Garnett has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to remain in Minnesota. The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Garnett starred in Minnesota for the first 12 years of his career before being traded to Boston in 2007. He returned last February in a trade deadline deal with the Brooklyn Nets and turned 39 in May. After an emotional homecoming, Garnett played in just five games the remainder of the season due to knee issues. NBA contracts cannot be signed until Thursday, per league rules.

  • SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June 28 when the accident occurred. Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Boston, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the trouble appeared to be in the upper stage, with an over-pressurization of the liquid oxygen tank. Nevertheless, the California-based company is putting together what he calls a "super-detailed" timeline, millisecond by millisecond.

  • New Sarah Palin book coming in November

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has a new book coming out, with a new publisher. Regnery Publishing, a conservative press based in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that it was planning a November release for Palin's "Sweet Freedom: A Devotional." The book, Palin's fourth, will feature 260 "meditations" that apply "biblical principles" to contemporary issues. The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate published her other books, notably the million-selling "Going Rogue," through HarperCollins. Her most recent work, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," came out in 2013.

  • Wolf attacks GOP budget as air war heats up amid stalemate

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is standing behind his demand for a new state budget, saying Tuesday that it would have been irresponsible to sign a $30.2 billion document passed solely by Republican state lawmakers. The first-term Democratic governor told KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh that it might have been popular or easy to sign the budget bill, but it would have continued Pennsylvania state government's cycle of using bad practices to paper over a deficit. "We can't put up with this," Wolf said. "We need to get serious about putting the finances of Pennsylvania in order.

  • Rubio on US economy: 'The old ways no longer work'

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Offering an economic message that jabs rivals in both parties, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday outlined a plan to lower corporate tax rates, loosen Internet regulation and broaden college accreditation, in his first major domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate. "We need in this country a new president for a new age," Rubio declared from the downtown Chicago offices of a digital startup. The 44-year-old first-term senator condemned Democrats' calls to raise the minimum wage and raise taxes on higher earners, charging that such moves would jeopardize U.S. jobs and "snuff out innovation." The nation would be better served, Rubio said, by embracing what he called the current "technological r

  • Horizon Pharma makes hostile, $2.1B bid for Depomed

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    Horizon Pharma has gone hostile with an all-stock offer for Depomed valued at about $2.1 billion after its target rejected friendly overtures to talk about a deal. The Dublin-based company said Tuesday that it will take an offer of $29.25 of its stock for each Depomed share directly to that company's shareholders. The tax-free bid represents about a 42 percent premium to Depomed's closing price Monday. Shares of Depomed jumped $7.51, or 36.4 percent, to $28.15 in Tuesday morning trading. Horizon said that it has been trying to discuss a deal with Depomed Inc. since March, but that company's board has rejected its proposal and declined to start discussions.

  • The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee. Going for as much as $4 per ounce, breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units. The debate among the for-profit and nonprofit organizations can be sharp-elbowed.

  • The story behind 1972 movie that was just a front for running drugs

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    There are parts of Scott Stevenson’s time in the 1970s as a drug smuggler he’d like to forget. Especially toward the end of the run, when the operation led by his older brother began selling cocaine and things turned sinister. But the Downey, Calif., native remembers the fun of it too, when he was a hippie teenager flirting with pretty girls in the belly-dancing bars of Fez and cruising the crowded streets of the Moroccan city in a Mercedes-Benz. And he’s still perversely proud of the idea he says he came up with to make it easier to move hundreds of pounds of hashish out of Morocco, an outlandish scheme with a Hollywood sheen: He and his brother Ron would make a film in the North African country as a front to cover up

  • IMF: Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere. Its previous assessment of the U.S. financial system was conducted five years ago. Overall, banks and insurance companies have increased their capital defenses against losses. But the IMF expressed concern about risks outside the banking sector. It warned the U.S.

  • Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence. Long confined to the sidelines, the so-called BDS movement appears to be gaining momentum — so much so that Israel has identified it as a strategic threat on a par with Palestinian militant groups and the Iranian nuclear program. While Israel says the movement is rooted in anti-Semitism, its decentralized organization and language calling for universal human rights have proven difficult to counter, resulting in a string of recent victories that have alarmed Israeli lea

  • Teen catches math error in golden ratio at Boston museum

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    BOSTON (AP) — A 15-year-old high school student visiting Boston's Museum of Science has uncovered a math error in the golden ratio at a 34-year-old exhibit. Virginia resident Joseph Rosenfeld was visiting the museum on a recent family trip when he saw something that appeared wrong with the equation. Joseph noticed minus signs in the equation where there should have been plus signs. He left a message at the desk and later received a letter from the museum's exhibit content developer, Alana Parkes, informing him the equation would be corrected. Parkes wrote that the mistake had been there for a "very long time" without being noticed. Joseph tells Boston.com (http://bit.ly/1fiu3PH ) that catching the error was exci




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