• Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

    Updated: 20 min ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Maker's Mark distillery of false advertising for promoting its bourbon as handmade. Two California plaintiffs said they were misled by the Kentucky bourbon producer's handmade claim on its bottles, known for their red-wax seal. They said the claim enticed them to purchase Maker's Mark instead of a less expensive whiskey. Their lawsuit was dismissed this week by U.S. District Judge John A. Houston in California. The judge said a reasonable consumer would not interpret the handmade claim to mean no equipment or automated process was used to manufacture the whiskey. Plaintiff attorney Mona Amini said Wednesday they are still reviewing the r

  • Texas AG: Office has received more Planned Parenthood videos

    Updated: 21 min ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that his office has received video taken in a Planned Parenthood clinic he says is consistent with other stealthily recorded footage that has Republicans again taking on the biggest abortion provider in the U.S. While testifying before a committee of Texas lawmakers, Paxton would not divulge details or discuss how his office got the footage, which has not been publicly released. He also didn't specify where the video was filmed, but Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast says actors pretending to be from a health research company toured its Houston clinic in April and talked to staff members.

  • Lawmakers poised to leave town with lots of work left undone

    Updated: 22 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town this week for its August recess, leaving an array of sticky issues unresolved that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision. In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House is expected on Wednesday to vote on a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. That's enough money to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states through mid-December.

  • Northrop Grumman rises on 2Q profit and stronger outlook

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Shares of Northrop Grumman climbed Wednesday after the defense contractor posted a stronger-than-expected profit in the second quarter and raised its outlook for the year. Northrop Grumman Corp. reported lower sales from most of its businesses, but the aerospace unit, its largest, had a small increase in revenue and a bigger profit compared to last year. Expecting a slightly lower tax rate, the company raised its annual profit forecast. Its shares rose $11.63, or7.7 percent, to $174.97 in afternoon trading after trading as high as $176.50 earlier. The stock is trading at all-time highs and is up almost 40 percent over the last year. Northrop Grumman said its net income rose 4 percent to $531 m

  • Appeals court: Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial

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    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned late Tuesday a lower court's summary decision that anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard's letter was constitutionally protected speech. The ruling comes in a civil lawsuit brought against Dillard by the Justice Department under a federal law aimed at protecting access to abortion services. A split three-judge appeals panel said the decision about whether the letter constituted a "true threat" should be left for a jury to decide.

  • State Police: Bus in fatal crash hadn't registered for trip

    Updated: 26 min ago

    GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A church bus that overturned near Indianapolis this week, killing a 6-year-old and injuring several others, lacked a required federal registration needed for its planned out-of-state trip, Indiana State Police said Wednesday. The 15-passenger bus was subject to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations because of its trip to what a church member said was a youth convention in Ohio, but lacked a required registration number with that federal agency, authorities said. The bus was carrying members of Gary's St. Jude Family Worship Center. Tuesday's crash along Interstate 70, about 20 miles east of Indianapolis, killed 6-year-old Jacob Williams, of Gary. State Police said seven people were injured, b

  • The Latest: Indicted congressman rebuts corruption charges

    Updated: 28 min ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (SHAW'-kah fa-TAH') says he's never been involved in wrongdoing, unlawful activity or misappropriation of government funds. A 29-count indictment returned Wednesday accuses the 11th-term Philadelphia Democrat of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah addressed the charges outside his Washington office shortly after they were announced in Philadelphia. He says it's important to his constituents that the case not be a distraction. Fattah says he hasn't seen the indictment and doesn't plan on resigning

  • Comparing the US Federal Reserve's views on hiring, economy

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    A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting June 16-17: ECONOMY: Now: The Fed is a bit more optimistic about the job market: "The labor market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment. On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources has diminished since early this year." Then: "The pace of job gains picked up while the unemployment rate remained steady. On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources diminished somewhat.

  • Prosecutors charge teen as adult in death of 8-year-old

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    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old boy as an adult in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town. Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell said Wednesday the teen faces charges including murder and kidnapping. Madyson Middleton went missing Sunday after playing in a courtyard at the complex where she lived with her mother. Police say the teen lured her into his family's apartment unit and killed her before dumping her body in a recycling bin. Neighbors at the Tannery Arts Center where both the suspect and Madyson lived said they were stunned by the death.

  • Stocks stay higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

    Updated: 37 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staying higher after the Federal Reserve said it was keeping its benchmark rate unchanged after its two-day policy meeting ended. The stock market rallied earlier Wednesday after Goodyear and other companies reported strong results. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 77 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,704 as of 2:09 p.m. Eastern time, shortly after the Fed released its policy statement. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,100. The Nasdaq composite was unchanged at 5,088. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.29 percent.

  • Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains

    Updated: 38 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. A statement from the Fed after its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. Many analysts foresee the first hike in September, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed that any increase will be driven by the latest economic data. The statement noted that the job market, housing and consumer spending have all improved. The Fed also expects inflation to rise gradually toward its 2 percent target. In an upgraded view of the job market, the Fed now describes job growth as "solid" job growth. But it didn't alter its outl

  • Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting

    Updated: 41 min ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing. Authorities have said Tensing spotted a car driven by DuBose and missing the front license plate, which is required by Ohio law. They say Tensing stopped the car and a struggle ensued after DuBose refused to provide

  • Colorado theater shooter's dad saw wide-eyed smirk before

    Updated: 41 min ago

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes came home on winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions, but his father didn't suspect at the time that he was descending into mental illness. "He was not a violent person. At least not until the event," Robert Holmes said. "The event" is a phrase he used several times to refer to his son's attack on the audience inside a darkened Colorado movie theater, which killed 12 people, injured 70 others and makes James Holmes eligible for the death penalty. Months later, Robert Holmes said he recalled that look when his son flashed a wide-eyed smirk in a booking photo at the jail.

  • Prosecutors charge California teen as adult in death of 8-year-old girl in artist complex

    Updated: 42 min ago

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors charge California teen as adult in death of 8-year-old girl in artist complex.

  • Fed keeps interest rate unchanged, seeks further economic gains before starting hikes

    Updated: 48 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed keeps interest rate unchanged, seeks further economic gains before starting hikes.

  • South Carolina mom charged with burying newborn in yard

    Updated: 49 min ago

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a South Carolina woman they say hid her pregnancy and buried her newborn son in her backyard when he died. Local media outlets report that 37-year-old Tara Lynn Ostrowski of Rock Hill was arrested Tuesday and charged with illegal conduct toward a child. Police say Ostrowski hid her pregnancy from everyone, including her husband. Authorities say they learned of the case after Ostrowski in May reportedly confessed what she had done to an informant, who told a mental health employee. Officials say detectives went to the home and spoke with Ostrowski, who confessed what she'd done and showed them where the baby was buried.

  • State seeks to end rights of prisoner seeking abortion

    Updated: 49 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is petitioning a court to strip a pregnant prisoner of parental rights in order to prevent her from obtaining an abortion, an official said Wednesday. Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said the prisoner in question will be stripped of her legal standing to seek an abortion if the court takes away her parental rights. Connolly said via email that he filed the request on the state's behalf. A court-appointed attorney has already been named to act as guardian for the fetus. The woman has asked a federal judge to order the county to let her have an abortion.

  • Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up

    Updated: 55 min ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller says she was panicked but as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher hung up on her while she tried to save the life of a friend who had been shot. Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she wished dispatcher Matthew Sanchez had done more to help before telling the 17-year-old to "deal with it yourself." In the recording, the caller snaps at Sanchez for repeatedly asking whether Chavez-Silver is breathing. The call was made after 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot in June as he watched other teens play cards at a friend's house. He later died. City officials say Sanchez resigned Tuesday, a day after a recording of the 911 was released.

  • Correction: Weight Loss-Balloon story

    Updated: 55 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 28 about an inflatable medical balloon approved to treat obesity, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount of weight patients regained after having the device removed. Patients actually regained about one-third of their lost weight. A corrected version of the story is below: FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss FDA approves medical balloon to treat obesity by filling up stomach By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

  • DC-area rapper charged with disorderly conduct, riot

    Updated: 57 min ago

    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A D.C.-area rapper is facing charges after authorities say he and others tried to start a riot. In court documents, Montgomery County police describe a confrontation that began as officers searched a man in downtown Silver Spring on Monday after a suspected drug deal. Police say 22-year-old Marquis King of Clarksburg, a rapper who goes by Shy Glizzy, approached officers, yelling that they couldn't search without a warrant and trying to get others to join the crowd. As officers tried to handcuff King, police say he told the crowd that grew to about 50 people to follow police, yelling "They are trying to kill me!" King was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, riot and oth