• Prosecutors: Man in wheelchair arrested for robbing NYC bank

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery, authorities announced Friday. Kelvin Dennison, 23, was picked up by officers at a hospital two days after he rolled into a Santander Bank branch in Queens Monday afternoon and claimed to be armed, police said. "Give me all you have," he told a teller, according to court papers. "I have a gun." The teller then passed him the cash before he pushed himself out of the bank and then fled down the street in his wheelchair, police said. Authorities released an image of a man in a wheelchair leaving the bank taken from a store's surveillance camera.

  • Eager eaters weigh-in ahead of NYC July 4 hot dog contest

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition. The dogs will be served Saturday morning. Chestnut tipped the scales at a hearty 230 pounds while Michelle Lesco ranked the lightest competitor at 112 pounds. New Zealand native Nela Zisser, at 114 pounds, says she can out-eat her male counterparts. She previously won a pizza eating contest. The event also featured a ceremonial stare down between the competitors. Repeat runner-up Tim Janus says he got into competitive eating to f

  • Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ___ NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for Saturday's annual hot dog eating contest in New York at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous. Four past winners hit the scales Friday and reigning champion Joey Chestnut is the heaviest at 230 pounds. Repeat runner-up Tim Janus is at 165 pounds. Michelle Lesco is the lightest contestant at 112 pounds at the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition while New Zealand native Nela Zissler is at 114 pounds. Chestnut broke a world record in 2013 when he scoffed down 69 soggy dogs in just 10 minutes.

  • Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riot

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable. Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries in the incidents at the privately run Arizona State Prison-Kingman, which has had a long history of problems. No inmate injuries were reported. The first disturbance occurred Wednesday at a minimum-security unit, followed by what he described as an unrelated riot Thursday night at a medium-security unit that took several hours to quell, Department of Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder said. The agency said the riot caused severe property damage to two housing units, but did not elaborate on

  • 400-foot Ferris wheel stops: All 66 riders safely taken off

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A technical team with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 riders aboard the Ferris wheel that towers 400 feet over central Florida after the attraction shut down Friday afternoon, authorities said. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press no one was hurt and everyone was taken off in an operation lasting about three hours that was backed by firefighters. She said the ride had initially stopped for more than 45 minutes. Power was restored via a backup generator and a technical team with the attraction, backed by firefighters, carried out the task of removing riders from the enclosed capsules after each was lowered to the ground, officials said.

  • Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a cruise ship crew member who was reported overboard off Alaska. Alaska State Troopers identified the Norwegian Sun crew member as 27-year-old Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago of Brazil. No hometown was given for de Miranda Santiago, who went missing Thursday south of Douglas Island. Coast Guard Lt. Colin Boyle says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket at 4:16 a.m. Thursday. The search was suspended shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. Troopers say they were notified shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. Troopers say the crew member was reported missing to the ship's secu

  • Top-ranking Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer dies at 90

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90. Packer died Friday afternoon at his home in Salt Lake City from natural causes, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement. He was next in line to become president of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Another 1700s Massachusetts home hit by vehicle

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    HALIFAX, Mass. (AP) — For the second time in two days, an 18th century Massachusetts home has been heavily damaged in a car crash. The latest accident happened early Friday morning in Halifax, about 40 miles south of Boston. Police say a car crashed into the 1740 home and ended up in the living room as the couple who lives there was sleeping. Only the driver was hurt. The driver was treated at a hospital and charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and marked lanes violation. Early Thursday morning, a man was charged with drunken driving after crashing his pickup truck into the 1769 Alvan Crocker house in Barnstable on Cape Cod. An elderly couple who lives there also was sleeping but wasn't injure

  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said Friday he hopes to build trust and create more opportunities to improve relations between one-time foes as they mark the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic ties. They are also being brought closer together by shared concerns over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The White House said Trong would arrive on Tuesday, and the leaders would discuss trade, human rights and defense cooperation. It did not confirm a visit by Obama to Vietnam, which would b

  • Former sheriff who helped shape modern Las Vegas dies at 88

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a prominent figure credited with shaping Las Vegas' modern history, has died. Lamb, who was the basis for one of the lead characters of the short-lived CBS television show "Vegas," died Friday afternoon at age 88 in a Las Vegas hospital, said his son, Clint Lamb. He was taken off life support after suffering complications from surgery, his son said. Kevin Buckley, a longtime family friend who also served as the sheriff's spokesman, said Lamb had had on-going health problems and was devastated by the recent death of another Las Vegas legend, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. "That was a real strain on the sheriff. Kirk was a dear friend of his," Buckley said.

  • Man killed as external stairway collapses in California

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A stairway collapse at a Northern California apartment building has killed a man. Authorities say the external stairway collapsed around 2:30 p.m. Friday on South Lexington Drive in Folsom, about 20 miles east of Sacramento. A 27-year-old man was injured and pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released. There's no word on what caused the collapse. A photo tweeted by Sacramento's KCRA shows the stairway ripped from the landing, exposing raw wood. The accident follows the June 16 collapse of a balcony at an apartment building in Berkeley that killed six people and injured seven. City officials said water damage had rotted the balcony's wooden support beams.

  • Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities. The combination also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.

  • Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Illinois, is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 diabetes, the kind that is usually diagnosed in childhood. If it does, he might be able to avoid the lifetime burdens facing his 5-year-old brother, Weston. They includes countless finger pricks and blood sugar checks, and avoiding playing too hard or eating too little, which both can cause dangerous blood sugar fluctuations. Hayden Murphy is among more than 400 child

  • Suit in deaths of 19 firefighters ends in little cash

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — A dozen families who lost loved ones when 19 members of a Hotshot firefighting crew were overcome by a 2013 wildfire originally wanted $220 million from the state for their deaths, plus changes to how Arizona responds to fires and trains its crews. They got plenty of changes, but very little money. The attorney who represented the families says the settlement announced Wednesday shows the families weren't after money. "The compensation piece calls for $50,000 per family, which compared to the enormity of this tragedy sends the strongest possible message that no way, no how was money or compensation for these families a motivating force in this litigation," said Pat McGroder, an attorney who represented

  • Washington motel closes after possible Legionnaires' report

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LACEY, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Over the past month, three cases of the disease have been confirmed with a possible connection to the motel. The disease is a serious form of pneumonia that is caused by the Legionella bacteria. People get it when they breathe in water mist or vapor that has been contaminated with the bacteria. The time period for the illness is two to 10 days. Some hotel whirlpools, showers and air conditioners have been found to be sources of the disease. Health officials say symptoms include fever, body aches, cough and chest pain.

  • Dalai Lama celebrates 80th birthday with California summit

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in Southern California. Hundreds of well-wishers are expected at a three-day Global Compassion Summit to mark the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's big day, with events Sunday through Tuesday at Anaheim's Honda Center and the University of California, Irvine. The Dalai Lama himself plans to deliver talks all three days on global compassion, creativity and the arts, youth leadership and climate change. His actual birthday is on Monday. Plans for the festivities include an 8-foot-tall birthday cake complete with maroon-and-gold frosting — the colors of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan robes.

  • Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff. The 24-page measure passed late Thursday night in the state's budget committee on a 12-4 vote with only Republicans voting for it. Democrats on the committee decried the sudden insertion of changes that hadn't been publicly discussed. The full Legislature, and GOP Gov. Scott Walker, still must sign off before they become law. A day later, a backlash began with civil liberties advocates and lawmakers from both parties expressing opposition to the provisions.

  • UN says children being killed in Burundi's violence

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Children are suffering as a result of instability and election-related violence in Burundi including three killed in the last five days and dozens forced to flee from school, the U.N. children's agency said Friday. UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said one child died as a result of a grenade explosion in Muyinga province, becoming the first child victim outside the capital Bujumbura. He said in Geneva that a total of eight children have been killed since the violence erupted including a four-year-old hit by a stray bullet to the stomach. His comments were reported on the U.N.'s website. Burundi "is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest child malnutrition rates,"

  • Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests. Mohammad Javad Zarif did not mention the United States by name in his video message. But with the Iran six-power talks having devolved essentially into bilateral U.S.-Iran negotiations over the past year, his comments were clearly directed at the Americans, who have been the primary drivers of the crippling economic sanctions imposed on his country over its nuclear program. Any deal would result in an end to the sanctions.

  • Menendez prosecutors seek hearing on evidence

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez asked a judge to hold a hearing to determine whether some evidence should be withheld or restricted due to possible national security concerns. Menendez was charged in April with crimes including conspiracy and bribery for allegedly accepting gifts from a Florida ophthalmologist in return for political favors. One of the allegations in the indictment is that Menendez sought to pressure the State Department to intervene in a contract dispute involving a business Salomon Melgen owned in the Dominican Republic that installed and operated X-ray equipment to inspect shipping containers. Both men have pleaded not guilty. The Justice Depar




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