• Emails show nuances to 'Concussion' controversy, NFL fears

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaked emails about the fact-based football drama "Concussion" paint a complicated picture of the internal dealings between Sony executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman in the early stages of development of the head-trauma film. Below, in chronological order, are some key quotes from the emails, which were leaked in the Sony hack attack late last year and reviewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday and Wednesday. They illustrate both a concern about NFL backlash and a rigorous adherence to the truth: ___ In early July of 2014, Sony executive Hannah Minghella sent page notes to a group of executives from a pre-greenlight meeting.

  • Tesla says it will take orders for cheaper car in March

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    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then. In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the car will start at $35,000, or about half the starting price of its current Model S sedan. Musk said the Model 3 will start production in about two years. Musk also said deliveries of the Model X SUV — the company's third vehicle — will begin Sept. 29. Tesla wouldn't reveal pricing details. Musk said each trim level of the Model X will be around $5,000 more than the equivalent trim level of the Model S because of the SUV's greater size and complexity.

  • Prosecutors allege bogus tire claims by NASA contractors

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two NASA contractors in Florida committed fraud by submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for car tires. Prosecutors said Wednesday that URS Federal Solutions and its subcontractor, Yang Enterprises Inc., submitted $387,000 in false claims for tire replacements. The contractors were responsible for overseeing 400 vehicles at the Kennedy Space Center for the General Services Administration. Prosecutors say the contractors billed NASA for an unprecedented number of tire replacements. They say URS ordered six tire replacements for one vehicle during a period of more than a year and that some of the tires had less than 5,000 miles on them.

  • Obama's fish tale: salmon spawning on his shoes

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    DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) — This oh-my moment was nowhere on the official schedule for President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska: salmon spawning on his shoes. "You see that?" Obama declared Wednesday. "Something's got on my shoes. ... Generally you don't want fish spawning on your feet. He said he was happy to see me." Visiting an isolated fishing village on a grey, overcast day, the president was full of admiration for the whole operation: He pronounced salmon jerky "really good," tried unsuccessfully to scare up a knife so he could attempt to fillet a fish, and carefully inspected smokehouse drying racks. The president, wearing orange rubber gloves, held up a large silver salmon for reporters to admire but hastened to

  • Man gets jail for writing racist graffiti on refugees' homes

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who said he was "angry at an imperfect world" admitted Wednesday he scrawled racist graffiti on the homes of four African refugee families; he was sentenced to a year in jail. Raymond Stevens, 44, of Concord pleaded guilty to criminal mischief — a special felony because his conduct is considered a hate crime. He also was sentenced to five years' probation upon release from jail, and any future violation can trigger a resentencing hearing where he would face 10 to 30 years in prison. Police say Stevens wrote hateful messages in black permanent marker on the homes of refugee families in a Concord neighborhood in 2011 and 2012.

  • US markets rebound a day after big plunge

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. The market still has a lot of ground to make up following last week's major declines. The Dow Jones industrial average added 293.03 points, or 1.8 percent, to 16,351.38. That index fell more than 470 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 35.01 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,948.86 and the Nasdaq composite rose 113.87 points, or 2.5 percent, 4,749.98. Tax preparation company H&R Block was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, rising $2.47, or 7.5 percent, to $35.42.

  • No charges against officer in Washington police shooting

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor says no charges will be brought against an Olympia, Washington, police officer who shot and injured two men he says repeatedly threatened him, including with a skateboard. At a news conference Wednesday, Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim said the officer had justification for using force. The suspects will face assault charges. The May 21 shooting has been investigated by a team of detectives from several agencies. Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald has been on administrative leave since the shooting that injured Bryson Chaplin, 21, and Andre Thompson, 24. The men's attorney has said Chaplin is currently paralyzed from the waist down.

  • Timeline of events in slaying of Illinois police officer

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    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Just 17 minutes elapsed between the time Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz first radioed that he was pursuing three suspicious men and when his fellow officers found his body. The killing of Gliniewicz set off a massive manhunt for the suspects that broadened Wednesday well beyond the northern Illinois village. Here's a brief timeline of what happened Tuesday, according to Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko: ___ 7:52 a.m. — Gliniewicz radios in to say he is checking out suspicious individuals. 7:55 a.m. — The officer calls for backup and reports that the three men — two white and one black — ran into a swampy area. 8:01 a.m. — Two more polic

  • Lesbian couple, like Kentucky clerk, standing up for beliefs

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    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio. "Will you still love me for the rest of my life?" the band Chicago sang. "I can't go on if I'm on my own." Miller pulled over. And for the first time since she and her partner stepped into the vortex of history, she wept. "I had been trying to keep it together, keep it even, trying not to let my blood pressure go up," she said. The day before, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused her a license to marry Karen Roberts, her partner for more than a decade. Rather than comply with the U.S.

  • Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of one of Alaska's most eroded villages are thankful for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight during his visit to the state this week, saying they hope it will help them secure funding to build an evacuation road to drier ground. Kivalina (kiv-uh-LEE'-nuh) is 80 miles northwest of the regional hub of Kotzebue (KAHT'-seh-byoo), where Obama is scheduled to visit Wednesday during his tour of Alaska to show the effects of climate change. Millie Hawley is the president of Kivalina's tribal council and one of 10 village leaders who flew by charter plane to Kotzebue. She says she'll introduce the president before his address.

  • Navistar slumps after saying SEC may file lawsuit

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    Truck and engine maker Navistar said Wednesday that securities regulators may file a lawsuit against the company in a dispute over environmental certification of heavy-duty diesel engines. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating possible violations of both securities law and a previous settlement between Navistar and the SEC. The Lisle, Illinois-based company's shares dropped more than 4 percent. Navistar said it received "Wells Notices" from the SEC on Aug. 13 and 17, which means the SEC's investigators are recommending that the agency take civil action against the company and former Chairman and CEO Daniel Ustian. The SEC is also investigating Navistar's disclosures regarding Ustian's retirement in August 20

  • Are more police getting killed? A look at officer deaths

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The killing of a veteran police officer north of Chicago is the latest in a string of recent law enforcement deaths. Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz' death on Tuesday triggered a manhunt for three suspects around the small Illinois community where the 52-year-old officer worked. A look at some of the latest slayings and data on other officer killings: ___ HOW MANY OFFICERS HAVE DIED? Gliniewicz was the eighth law enforcement officer shot and killed in the U.S. in the last month and the fourth in 10 days, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks officers' deaths so their names can be enshrined on a Washington, D.C., memorial.

  • Sheriff: Texas man killed by deputies appeared to hold knife

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    DALLAS (AP) — A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said Wednesday, declining to release the video because the investigation is ongoing. Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a news conference that the video has been forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety's crime lab to see if the footage can be blown up and slowed down to establish the sequence of Friday's events. Although it's unclear from the video what 41-year-old Gilbert Flores may have been holding while facing deputies with his hands up outside of a home near San Antonio, investigators believe it was a knife, she said.

  • Sheriff: Lawyer says deputies didn't need to kill Texas man

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    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The latest on Texas sheriff's deputies' fatal shooting of a man whose arms were raised. All times are local. ___ 4 p.m. The lawyer for the family of a Texas man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies says none of the events that brought the deputies to the man's home should have resulted in his death. Attorney Thomas J. Henry said Wednesday that domestic disturbance complaints that brought Bexar (bayr) County deputies to the San Antonio-area home "should not have precipitated him being shot in the yard." Forty-one-year-old Gilbert Flores was killed Friday moments after video shows he raised his arms as if he were surrendering.

  • Colorado mine spill prompts changes in warning system

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    DENVER (AP) — A massive wastewater spill from an old gold mine in Colorado has prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they will warn after such accidents. Last month, Colorado health officials notified only agencies inside the state after 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals gushed out of the Gold King mine near Silverton and eventually reached the Animas, San Juan and Colorado rivers in New Mexico and Utah. In the future, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will warn downstream states as well, department spokesman Mark Salley said. Colorado officials didn't know the magnitude of the spill when they issued their warnings, he said.

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and a side effect from a vaccine was to blame in part for his behavior, the FBI said in a court filing. FBI Special Agent Wesley Drone said Matthew Muller also told the reporter during a July conversation in jail about the kidnapping that there was no gang involved, just him. The conversation was recorded by the jail. The allegations were contained in an affidavit in support of an application filed last month to search laptops, cellphones and other devices found at the South Lake Tahoe home where Muller was arrested and inside a Ford Mustang that has been linked t

  • Judge refuses to drop charges against police in Gray death

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody. The judge also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case. The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray — who succumbed to injuries sustained after his arrest on April 12 — sparked rioting and unrest that shook Baltimore for days. Protests Wednesday outside the Baltimore courtroom where a pretrial hearing on the charges took place resulted in just one arrest.

  • Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old's parents

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    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to receive gender-reassignment surgery opposed by her parents. The judge late Wednesday rejected an effort by Christine Kitzler's parents to have her ruled incompetent and to have her plans for the operation at least temporarily halted. The judge said Kitzler's parents, from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, had failed to provide clear and convincing evidence that she was incompetent and needed to have a guardian appointed. Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. also rejected a request for an independent medical evaluation of Kitzler, who has been living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  • Extended power outages hit home for Phoenix residents

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    PHOENIX (AP) — A savage storm with wind, rain and lightning that damaged buildings, knocked down trees, utility poles and power lines added up to sweaty predicaments for many Phoenix residents. For those without power for extended periods, the late-summer outages meant no air conditioning at home, forcing them to head to coffee shops or the homes of friends or relatives. The high temperature was 99 on Tuesday, the day after the storm struck Monday night. Arizona Public Service Co. and Salt Project between them had 70,000 customers without power immediately after the storm. By Wednesday, the number of customers without power had dropped below 3,000 as repairs and cleanup continued across the city.

  • Selfie sticks not allowed at pope's Philadelphia events

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month, you'll have to leave your selfie stick at home. The Secret Service on Wednesday announced a list of items that will not be allowed inside secured areas where the pope will appear during the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 and 27. Small bags and backpacks — those under 18-by-13-by-7 inches — will be allowed, and they need not be clear. Signs made of cardboard, poster board or cloth are allowed if they are no larger than 5-by-3 feet. Support structures for signs aren't allowed. Other banned items include balloons, bicycles, pets, hard-sided coolers, laser pointers, drones, anything made of glass, and, not surprisingly, weapon