• Fireworks shoot into Colorado crowd; 9 suffer minor burns

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    AVON, Colo. (AP) — Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show in Colorado. Virginia Egger, the town manager in Avon, says a malfunction caused a fireworks shell to explode in its tube rather than firing into the sky Friday night. She says the misfired shell caused a rack of shells to tip, causing two or three shells to go off toward the crowd. The accident occurred about 17 minutes into the 23-minute fireworks show over Nottingham Lake, bringing the event to a halt. The annual event attracts about 20,000 people. Jane Imber tells NBC News that there wasn't a lot of room in between groups of people, so people couldn't get up and run. The cause of the malfunction is under

  • Brave dog Leo honored with monument in Serbian town

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PANCEVO, Serbia (AP) — Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. The small dachshund liked most to cuddle with his owners or ride in the back seat of the family car. But, one day Leo showed that true bravery knows no limits. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed last year attacked a 10-year-old girl, Leo fearlessly jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with his life, but the citizens of this northern Serbian town have not forgotten. Two weeks ago, a life-size bronze statue of Leo was put up next to a children's playground in Pancevo's city park, honoring the dog and teaching kids about animal friendship and sacrifice.

  • Chafee's campaign leaves some NH Democrats a bit puzzled


    LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire's Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the war in Iraq. Then smiles turn to laughter when he pitches another idea: The U.S. should switch to the metric system. The former Rhode Island governor has visited the first primary state of New Hampshire a dozen times this year. But he seems to be making barely a ripple — aside from curiosity about some of his policy platforms.

  • Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together


    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. And sometimes, routes are cut because there isn't enough demand. Nothing is illegal about that. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, whether airline tickets, sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's invest

  • Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) — In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby. The petroleum stench is overpowering as David Benitez, who lives in the park and grazes his cattle among the wells, sifts tainted soil between his fingers. "The odor is much stronger in the summer, when there's no water to wash the oil downstream," says the 47-year-old farmer.

  • NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that's what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. A message seeking comment from Trump left by The Associated Press was not returned.

  • San Francisco: No 'legal basis' to hold shooting suspect

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had turned Francisco Sanchez over to authorities in San Francisco on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant, agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. Sanchez was booked into the San Francisco County Jail from federal prison, according to a statement from the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which operates the jail. Police officers arrested Sanchez about an hour after Wednesday's seemingly random slaying of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 — one of the bu

  • 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

  • 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