• Ex-President George HW Bush tweets about fall, neck injury

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    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is showing he has a sense of humor about falling at his Maine summer home and fracturing a bone in his neck. The 91-year-old tweeted a smiling photo showing him in a neck brace and giving two thumbs up Thursday. He tells his followers, "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?" He also gives thanks for the "kind get-well messages." The 41st president survived bailing out of his torpedo bomber when it was shot down in World War II and has skydived several times since then, including on his 90th birthday. Bush took a tumble July 15 at his Kennebunkport home. Doctors are letting the fractured vertebra heal on its own. During the

  • Expedia shares rises aftermarket following 2Q results

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    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Shares of Expedia climbed in aftermarket trading after the online travel company reported solid second-quarter results. Expedia, which sold its majority stake in Chinese travel service eLong during the quarter and is in the process of buying competitor Orbitz, posted a bigger-than-expected profit. Its stock added $8.64, or 8 percent, to $116.25 in extended trading. Expedia Inc. said Thursday its profit surged to $449.6 million, or $3.38 per share, in the second quarter. Excluding gains from the sale of eLong and other one-time items, the company said it earned 89 cents per share. Revenue rose 11 percent to $1.66 billion. It said gross bookings excluding eLong rose 20 percent from a year ago.

  • Ex-US Rep. Reynolds scrambles to meet bond conditions

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, facing federal tax charges, scrambled Thursday to find a place to stay to meet bond conditions after prosecutors told a judge that restrictions on sex offenders apply to the Chicago Democrat because of a decades-old statutory rape conviction. The cash-strapped Harvard graduate, who is represented by a federal defender, has no home of his own; he found a place to spend the night after hours of searching. The issue arose at a morning hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago after Reynolds entered a not guilty plea to failing to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012 and as both sides raised the question of bond. Reynolds resigned from Congress after a 1995 conviction for havin

  • LinkedIn 2Q caps rough week for social media stocks

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. The company's second-quarter results announced Thursday beat Wall Street's expectations on all fronts, just as Facebook's did on Wednesday and Twitter's on Tuesday. But it's the signs behind the headline numbers that seem to be worrying investors, enough for shares of all three companies to fall this week. LinkedIn "did great this quarter," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, while noting that there is "some variability on their efforts quarter to quarter as they are in a very competitive market that is constantly innovating and changing." LinkedIn's stock fell $17.44, or

  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban

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    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan. Mullah Mansoor's closeness to Islamabad could be crucial to Afghanistan's future. It places him in a good position to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban hosted earlier this month by Pakistan, which in recent months has moved to improve relations with Afghanistan. Those talks were indefinitely postponed after Mullah Omar's death was announced this week. But Mullah Mansoor faces a challenge: can he keep the Taliban united and rein in hard-liners who want to continue the 14-year insurgency, now that U.S.

  • 4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama. "It's very clear to me that the agreement is the best path forward," two-term Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee, who counts hostage Amir Hekmati as a constituent, told The Associated Press in an interview. "This agreement allows us to prevent (Iran) from gaining a nuclear weapon, and if they cheat, we will know it. If we don't have the agreement, we don't have that certainty." Hekmati, an American, has been held in Iran since 2011.

  • EPA reviews $15 million settlement for Hawaii molasses spill

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    HONOLULU (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a $15.4 million settlement between Hawaii and a shipping company that spilled 1,400 tons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor to see how it may affect the agency's investigation. The EPA's probe into whether Matson Inc. violated the Clean Water Act during the 2013 spill was still ongoing when Hawaii's attorney general announced the settlement Wednesday. "We were looking, doing the due diligence, doing an ongoing investigation, and then this broke," Dean Higuchi, EPA spokesman for Hawaii, said Thursday. The EPA investigation was being conducted jointly with the state Department of Health, he said.

  • Rescuers hope for 'best-case scenario' for boys lost at sea

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat. Five things to know about air-and-sea search for 14-year-old friends Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing last Friday off Florida's Atlantic coast: ___ THEY COULD BE ALIVE: The Coast Guard, which is leading the rescue mission, says it wouldn't continue searching if it didn't believe the boys could still be alive. Much remains unknown, including whether the teens are wearing life jackets, might have a cooler or some other object to cling to, or have drinking water or fo

  • If money can't buy happiness, what actually does?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    America is still the richest country in the world, but it's not one of the happiest. How much is too little? How much is too much?

  • Police: Thieves target 'Cash Cow' ATMs; steal $500K

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    SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Police say a gang of thieves treated the Cash Cow check-cashing company as their own cash cow, making off with more than $500,000 from ATMs over the past year. Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said Thursday that two of the thieves were caught fleeing early Sunday from a Cash Cow office in Slidell. They were later found with $12,000. He says the ring has struck nearly 100 times in and around New Orleans over the past year, frequently targeting the Cash Cow company and sometimes returning several times to the same location. The thieves would first trigger the alarm system and watch police respond. They would break in later, using power tools to steal ATMs or open safes.

  • Officials return full power to Fort Calhoun nuclear plant

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant has returned to full power following a shutdown for repairs for a water leak. The Omaha Public Power District says the plant returned to full power Thursday afternoon. It first came back onto the grid Wednesday afternoon and the power output was slowly increased. The plant was taken offline on July 20 to repair a water leak in a reactor coolant pump after a seal failed. The utility says the coolant water that leaked was contained inside the plant and treated. Workers used the shutdown to perform other maintenance repairs as needed. Officials say the outage did not affect electrical service to homes and businesses in the region.

  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. The government does not know the identities of many of the millions of people who have come into the country illegally or remained after their legally issued visas expired. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades. Trump has dodged questions about how he would locate those he wants to

  • Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

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    AUBURN, Maine (AP) — All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance. The driver, 55-year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38-year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to enter their pleas to reckless conduct. A Portland attorney represented Harvest Hill Farm of Mechanic Falls, which is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct. A judge in Androscoggin County Superior Court allowed Theberge and Brown to be released on personal recognizance, with no bail conditions.

  • Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball. This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events. Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California's sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight. There, hundreds of doctors, dentists and other health care providers are working to ensure thousands of athletes go home with clean bills of health — or the closest thing to them that can be produced in a week. A few athletes will even leave with the ability to hear for the first time.

  • Electronic Arts falls as new 2016 outlook disappoints

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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Electronic Arts slipped in aftermarket trading Thursday after the video game maker's new forecast fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company's fiscal first-quarter results were stronger than expected and Electronic Arts raised its profit and revenue guidance for the rest of the fiscal year. However investors already had higher estimates for the company. The stock, which has more than doubled in value over the last 12 months, lost $3.30, or 4.6 percent, to $69 in aftermarket trading. Excluding deferred revenue and costs from games with online components, as well as one-time costs, Electronic Arts said its adjusted income totaled 15 cents per share and revenue fell 11 percent

  • Details about the lion hunt that caused outrage across globe

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday it's trying to reach the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion while on a guided hunt in Zimbabwe. The agency asked Walter Palmer to "contact us immediately." Here are some details about the case that has gained global attention: THE HUNTER Walter James Palmer, 55, is a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. He's an active big-game hunter and has many kills to his name. Palmer, a bow hunter, hired local guides for a hunting trip in Zimbabwe. During the hunt, he used an arrow to hit a lion that authorities said was lured from a protected wildlife preserve.

  • Teen accused of suffocating newborn son, then going shopping

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to a Victoria's Secret store the next day, prosecutors said as she was charged with murder Thursday. Tiona Rodriguez, now 18, pleaded not guilty, with her lawyer saying it was a stillbirth, not a killing. The indictment came nearly two years after Rodriguez was arrested on a $45 shoplifting charge at the lingerie store, where a security guard found the body in a bag Rodriguez was carrying. Prosecutors said their lengthy investigation revealed a girl who became a mother at 14 and was callously determined not to let anyone know she was having another baby.

  • Family of Mafia Cops victim gets $5 million settlement

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a diamond dealer killed by a pair of crooked New York Police Department detectives — known as the Mafia Cops for moonlighting as hit men for the mob — has won a $5 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit. Lawyers for the family of Israel Greenwald announced the settlement on Thursday in one of the most notorious police corruption cases in city history. The family sued the city in 2006 after Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were arrested in Las Vegas, where they had retired, and convicted of murder and other crimes.

  • Court dismisses lawsuit seeking personhood for 2 NY chimps

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Two chimpanzees will not be freed from a New York state university where they're used in locomotion studies after a court decision Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that had sought to afford them legal personhood rights. While the Nonhuman Rights Project had standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of 8-year-old chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, a higher court decision last year that found a chimpanzee named Tommy was property, not a person, necessitated the lawsuit be tossed, State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote in her decision. "Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable; some day they may even succeed," she wrote in a 33-page decision.

  • California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in California hit or nearly reached savings targets. The governor ordered cities to reduce water use by 25 percent to prepare in case California's four-year drought persists. The savings came during the hottest June on record, which would normally lead to an uptick in water use.




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