• New York prison worker got 'caught up' in escape plot

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    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a prison escape told investigators her relationship with the two inmates included sex acts and naked photos. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape in June. In documents, Mitchell said once when she was alone with Matt he grabbed her and kissed her. She admitted performing a sex act with him and fondling him. She took naked photos of herself for Sweat. Matt was shot and killed by searchers June 26. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison. Mitchell faces 2 1/3 to seven years in prison u

  • Immigrants, poor fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most fish in the United States contain mercury, but states rarely explain the health dangers to immigrants and low-income people who often rely on catching fish for their daily meals. Studies show up to 10 percent of women of child-bearing age have mercury levels that exceed federal standards. The substance, which occurs naturally in fish and is exacerbated by power plant pollution, can be devastating for the neurological development of children. Despite the danger, states usually only post advisories on websites. Many immigrants are unaware that adults should eat only one serving a week of some species and children and pregnant women should eat less.

  • Dispatcher tells 911 caller, 'deal with it yourself'

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque firefighter has resigned from the city's dispatch center after telling a 911 caller who was trying to keep alive a gunshot victim to "deal with it yourself." KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1I6VpPZ) 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was fatally shot during a party on June 26. In the recording, the panicked caller snaps at the dispatcher for repeatedly asking whether Jaydon is breathing. The dispatcher responds that the caller can deal with it herself and adds, "I'm not gonna deal with this, OK?" before hanging up. A spokesman for Jaydon's family says they're astonished at the call, but want to focus on finding their son's killer.

  • Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

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    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such conspiracy theories — including one that Bland's mug shot was taken after her death — have prompted death threats against county officials. "Because of some of the things that's gone out on social media, this county has been literally attacked," he said at a news conference, adding that the FBI is investigating the most serious threats. "Sandra Bland was alive and well" until she was found hanging on July 13 in her cell at the Waller County Jail, Duhon said.

  • 'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater. The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away. They laughed loudly as the jokes played out, many touching on Mormon lingo and culture that is intimately familiar in Utah. Some of the most raucous applause came during a scene when an African character sings, "Salt Lake City, the most perfect pla

  • Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science. Some of the organization's affiliates, in fewer than five states, provide the tissue. That's not illegal and the organization says it has done nothing improper. But covertly recorded videos about the practice, released by an anti-abortion group, have spurred a Senate bill to cut off federal funding for the organization. Republican leaders say the measure will be voted on before the August recess. Some basic facts about fetal tissue in research: ___ WHAT IS FETAL TISSUE USED FOR? Tissue from elective abortions and miscarriages is used for a wide varie

  • New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

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    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping them escape as new details emerged of her relationship with the men that included performing a sex act and sending naked photos. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, wore shackles and prison stripes as she entered the pleas in a barely audible voice. Afterward, her lawyer, Stephen Johnston, said she realizes she made a "horrible mistake" by getting involved with Richard Matt and David Sweat, who staged an elaborate escape from the maximum-security prison on June 6. "She got in over her head into somethi

  • Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city. No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team President Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public. "The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region," Feigin said in a statement issued by the team.

  • Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate." Then the players' union said it would take it all to court. Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day. "He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that ph

  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. With Wednesday's update, Windows no longer feels jarring, as though I'm using two different computers at once. Best part: This update is free. Windows 8 was Microsoft's way of modernizing personal computers, as smartphones and tablets grew more popular. But it came across as trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. It steered people toward tablet-like touch commands, even on desktops and laptops that had keyboards and mouse controls. Apps that weren't designed for touch — including Microsoft's Office — got shoved

  • Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. The VR company, which Facebook acquired for nearly $2 billion last year, debuted a 10-minute narrative experience starring the lonely hedgehog Henry during an invite-only event Tuesday at a private mansion in Beverly Hills. Inside, guests donned consumer versions of the Oculus Rift headset and were offered a 360-degree glimpse into Henry's cartoony home as his birthday wish magically came to life. "Henry" is the second film from Oculus Story Studio, an internal production company that Oculus established last year

  • Baby giraffe dies at Dallas Zoo in accident

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    DALLAS (AP) — A baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident. A Dallas Zoo statement says Kipenzi (kih-PEHN'-zee), the 3-month-old giraffe, died about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she ran into a perimeter edge of the barn that's part of the giraffe herd's habitat. According to the statement, zoo keepers were routinely shifting the herd into their night barn when the calf began to scamper about the feeding yard. Zoo officials say she died immediately from three broken neck vertebrae. Kipenzi's mother, Katie, was allowed to visit the calf's body before veterinarians and zoo keepers removed it. Kipenzi's birth April 10 was live-streamed on the Animal Planet websit

  • Magnitude-6.3 quake felt by some in Anchorage, Kodiak

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has shaken southern Alaska and was felt by some people in Anchorage and Kodiak. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck near Redoubt Volcano on the Kenai Peninsula, 140 miles southwest of Anchorage, at about 6:35 p.m. KTUU reports that people across southcentral Alaska said they felt the quake. A dispatcher at the Anchorage Police Department said they've had no reports of injuries or major damage.

  • Fallin: Daughter's trailer at governor's mansion must go

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she was trying to be a good mother when she let her daughter park a "nice trailer" on the grounds of the governor's mansion, but that the vehicle runs afoul of an obscure state regulation and Christina Fallin must move the home on wheels. Fallin told Oklahoma television station KFOR that her 28-year-old daughter received no special benefit by parking the travel trailer outside the mansion near the state Capitol since April. Any electricity or water she would have used in the trailer would have also been used if she had been living inside the brick-and-mortar home. "My Oklahoma values ... is to take care of your family," Fallin, a Republican, told the TV station in

  • Ohio State coach Meyer, mascot celebrated in butter at fair

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man. The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus. The life-size sculptures are joining the traditional butter cow and calf in a 46-degree cooler in the American Dairy Association display. There's also a national championship trophy and two Buckeyes football helmets. All made out of butter. About 2,000 pounds of it. The display required about 500 hours of work. Wooden and steel frames were built to support the weight of the butter, which was sliced from 55-pound blocks. The butter was sculpted inside t

  • Asian stocks post cautious gains ahead of Fed statement

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    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly made modest gains Wednesday as the recent plunge in Chinese shares kept investors on edge and attention turned to a Federal Reserve meeting that might give clues about the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.5 percent to 3,680.91 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 24,549.21. Japan's Nikkei 225 edged down 0.6 percent to 20,210.96. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.5 percent to 2,049.77. Benchmarks in Singapore and Taiwan fell while Australia, Philippines and Indonesia rose. FED MEETING: Traders are focusing on the U.S. Federal Reserve as they try to assess when interest rates will rise. Fed policymakers started a two-day me

  • GOP fundraiser calls for Kirk to drop 2016 bid, backtracks

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A top Republican fundraiser suggested that Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk should abandon his quest for re-election, but then quickly backtracked. Businessman Ron Gidwitz told Crain's Chicago Business (http://bit.ly/1eydEFG ) Tuesday he didn't believe Kirk could win in 2016 and said he "could cause collateral damage." Gidwitz later asked if he could retract the statements, though he acknowledged making them, according to the report. Gidwitz told Crain's "misstatements" by Kirk put the party in a "defensive position." Kirk recently drew attention after he joked that South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham was a "bro with no ho" because he was unmarried. Kirk campaign spokesman Kevin Artl says that the senator and Gid

  • 8 children hurt, 2 critical, by falling tree in California

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    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A huge, ancient pine tree uprooted and fell onto kids at a summer day camp Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically, fire officials said. The 75-foot-tall, 75-year-old pine crashed without warning at around 5 p.m. just outside the Kidspace Children's Museum, city fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. The tree is located in Pasadena's Brookside Park, just outside the museum grounds near the Rose Bowl. "I heard a tree crack and then I turned around and I saw little kids running and then I saw the tree fall on top of the little kids, maybe about five or seven of them," Greg Prodigalidad told KABC-TV.

  • 'Dr. Jen' embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can't wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend. It's only a six-week internship coaching inside linebackers for the Cardinals, through training camp and the four preseason games. Nonetheless, it marks another barrier broken for women in sports. Welter said she never dared entertain the thought of coaching in the NFL. "I didn't even dream that it was possible," she said at news conference at Cardinals headquarters Tuesday. "I think the beauty of this is that, though it's a dream I never could have had, now it's a dream ot

  • Boy who lost hands to infection gets double-hand transplant

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey's forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital news conference. He demonstrated his still-delicate grip and described waking up with new hands as "weird at first, but then good." The boy, from the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland, received the transplant earlier this month at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, though doctors did not publicly disclose the nearly 11-hour operation until this week. A 40-person medical team used steel plates and screws