• Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist

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    Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday, was remembered as one of the nation's great journalists and a courageous and charismatic friend and colleague: ___ "For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession — it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told — stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better. The standard he set — a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting — encouraged so many others to e

  • Mental health exam for man in Japan flight assault

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    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hilo man charged with sexually assaulting a woman aboard a Japan Airlines flight will undergo a mental health evaluation. Michael Tanouye was ordered to remain held without bail at a detention hearing Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang also granted his defense attorney's request for a mental competency evaluation of the 29-year-old. Tanouye was arrested Oct. 11 after the flight had to return to Honolulu because of the assault in the airplane's bathroom. The FBI says the flight was en route to Kansai International Airport when Tanouye forced his way into a bathroom and sexually assaulted a woman. Flight attendants and passengers told the FBI that a passenger was injured while struggling with T

  • Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2

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    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a large LCD screen. But as I tested out Apple's new iPad Air 2, I see why people like to shoot pictures with a tablet. Images look great on the large screen, and there's less guesswork about whether or not small details, such as lettering on a sign, will be in focus. And what you see — and get — with the iPad Air 2 is a better camera. The rear one now matches the iPhone's 8 megapixels, up from 5 megapixels, and incorporates fe

  • Guinta, Shea-Porter debate health care, economy

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta sparred Tuesday night over familiar topics such as health care and the economy and tussled over new ones such as Ebola and terrorist threats. The two met for their first televised debate this year, broadcast on NH1 News. They are squaring off for the third time to represent New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, which includes the Seacoast, Manchester and the Lakes Region. Shea-Porter won the seat in 2006, lost it to Guinta in 2010 then won it back in 2012. Guinta criticized Shea-Porter for voting for the Affordable Care Act, which he said isn't working in New Hampshire because thousands of people were not allowed to keep the privat

  • Mexican rights agency says army executed 15 of 22

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers executed at least 12 and probably 15 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, the government Human Rights Commission said Tuesday in a sweeping indictment of attempts by the military and civilian prosecutors to cover up the crimes. The commission's report exposed the constantly changing government versions of the killings and the brutality with which they were carried out, and could spell the end of prosecutors' efforts to first deny the killings, and then blame them on three rogue soldiers.

  • Obama calls late Ben Bradlee a 'true newspaperman'

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is remembering the late editor Ben Bradlee as a "true newspaperman" who transformed The Washington Post into one of the country's finest papers. Bradlee died Tuesday at his home in Washington at the age of 93. In a statement issued Tuesday night, Obama says Bradlee set a standard for honest, objective and meticulous reporting that encouraged many others to enter the profession. Just last fall, Obama awarded Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House.

  • FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

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    DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday. The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department They were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport over the weekend by FBI agents and returned to Colorado where they were reunited with their families, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said. A U.S.

  • Wyoming gay couples get marriage licenses

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of legalizations to a place where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard galvanized a national push for gay rights. Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday morning, albeit far more quietly than in other states where bans were recently struck down. Hundreds of same-sex couples in Idaho and Nevada flooded clerk's offices and courthouses in recent weeks and married immediately afterward to cheering crowds. In Wyoming, however, only a handful of couples received licenses across the state as the change went into effect. In the state's largest city, Cheyenne, two couples were licensed right away, a

  • Contractor dies at Wyoming coal mine

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    GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A contractor died in a weekend accident at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in northeastern Wyoming. A spokeswoman with the Mine Safety and Health Administration tells the Casper Star-Tribune the contractor was driving a haul truck when it went over a high wall late Saturday. He was thrown from the truck. The Campbell County coroner's office tells the Gillette News Record the victim was 51-year-old Darwin Lee Reimer of Gillette. Peabody spokeswoman Charlene Murdock says MSHA officials are investigating. Reimer's death was the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle, which is about 65 miles south of Gillette. Joshua Wishard, 25, died in June when he was crushed between the h

  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines. Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement.

  • Korean 'superfan' of Royals headed back to KC

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run created quite a scene at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night before the World Series opener. Fans clogged stadium concourses, snapping hundreds of photographs of Sung Woo Lee as he made his way to his seat before the first pitch. Lee posed for photos and waved to the adoring blue-clad Royals faithful. Despite living more than 6,500 miles from Kansas City, Lee sure looked like a familiar face at the Royals' ballpark — and to some, he was.

  • Target offers free shipping on all holiday items

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon. The Minneapolis-based chain said its free shipping offer starts Wednesday and will last through Dec. 20. The move is unusually early for a retailer — coming weeks before the official holiday season kickoff over the Thanksgiving weekend — and could squeeze Target's profit margins. But the strategy underscores how retailers are willing to do whatever it takes to grab shoppers in the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's total sales "We know shipping costs play a bi

  • 5 SC governor candidates meet in final debate

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    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The two major challengers to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used the candidates' final debate to hammer her over problems with the state's child welfare agency and what they said is her lack of support for a law to take guns away from people convicted of criminal domestic violence. Independent candidate Tom Ervin said Tuesday that he decided to run because of what he said was Haley's poor handling of the Department of Social Services. He says she stood by while an incompetent leader of the agency let children be abused and killed because of poor management. Democrat Vincent Sheheen says people convicted of domestic violence should never have guns. Haley did not say whether she would support such a b

  • A newsman's life: Pentagon Papers to Watergate

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday at age 93, took a sleepy hometown newspaper and transformed it into a great one. Five things to know about the raspy-voiced Bradlee and how he did it: HE HAD SOME LUCKY BREAKS. Bradlee ended up getting a job at the Post in part because it was raining in Baltimore. How so? Bradlee had been headed for a job interview in Baltimore in 1948 when a heavy rain prompted him to skip that appointment and stay on the train to job search in Washington. "My world might certainly have changed — and some other people's worlds — if the sun had been shining that day," he wrote in his memoir. HE HAD FRIENDS IN THE RIGHT PLACES. Yes, location matters.

  • Brown meets with health care experts about Ebola

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown met with state agency heads, labor unions and leaders in the health care industry Tuesday to address Ebola preparedness at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout California. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the state's largest nurses' union and National Nurses United, said hospitals have been slow in responding to the Ebola threat. The union wants the type of gear used at premier institutions as well as practice on how to remove it after caring for an Ebola patient. "We hope to God that it never comes to California. But if it does, we want to make sure our nurses have every safeguard," DeMoro said after the nurses' separate meeting with Brown.

  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93. Ever the newsman and ever one to challenge conventional wisdom, Bradlee imagined his own obituary years earlier and found something within it to quibble over.

  • Suspect plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing

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    SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man is set to plead guilty to killing a small-town Montana high school teacher in a slaying that shone a harsh light on the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom. A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday calls for a 100-year sentence for Michael Keith Spell, 25, on a charge of deliberate homicide for the 2012 death of Sherry Arnold. A charge of attempted kidnapping would be dropped. Spell is due to appear Wednesday before state District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney, a town of 6,200 near the North Dakota border. Prosecutors want the Parachute, Colorado, man to serve his time in prison.

  • Isaac Bruce to enter Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce is one of four additions to the latest Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction class. Hall of Fame officials announced Tuesday that Bruce, who played collegiately at Memphis, would be inducted along with former Lipscomb basketball player John Pierce Jr., former high school football coach and Vanderbilt assistant coach and administrator John Cropp, former high school football coach Jake Rudolph and former high school basketball coach Galen Johnson. They're part of a class that already included former Texas football coach Mack Brown, who grew up in Cookeville, as well as Bob Cummings, William Dunavant Jr., Jim England, Jamie Rotella and Henry and Alice Ho

  • Raimondo, Fung meet in 1st televised debate

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung went after each other's leadership in the first televised debate of the Rhode Island governor's race, while voters also got an introduction to a wild-card third-party candidate. Raimondo, the treasurer, called Fung's $200-million tax-reduction plan reckless and said he "fumbled" the handling of a Cranston police department ticketing scandal. The mayor questioned her judgment in the state's rehiring of a firm being sued in the 38 Studios deal and says she didn't bring the parties together in overhauling the public pension system in 2011.

  • Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. Mayer staunchly defended her strategy during a Tuesday presentation that addressed recent criticism leveled by activist investor Starboard Value LP, a New York hedge fund with a history of leading shareholder mutinies. Starboard contends that since Mayer became CEO in July 2012, Yahoo has been wasting money on ill-advised acquisitions and a bloated payroll while mismanaging its lucrative stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group. In her rebuttal, Mayer described the $1.