• White House welcomes Senate support of Iran nuclear deal

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    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says it's encouraged that more than a third of the Senate has announced support for the nuclear deal with Iran. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the senators' support is validation of the Obama administration's outreach campaign to ensure they understand what's in the deal. Earnest says every vote is important because the stakes are so high. He says the administration will continue making top officials available to brief undecided lawmakers on the deal. Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to back the agreement when she announced her support Wednesday.

  • North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation. Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday. The previous measurement of 20,320 feet stemmed from a 1953 survey that used the technology of the time, officials said. The new elevation is the result of data collected from the mountain by climbers in June using technology that didn't exist in the earlier survey, such as GPS instruments. The change is part of an ongoing USGS program to update elevations in Alaska and elsewhere.

  • National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this summer

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    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and left. The crowds haven't just been coming to the Grand Canyon, where a sign ahead of the entrance gates warns of limited parking. The throngs of tourists have been showing up in big numbers at other national parks, including Yellowstone in Wyoming, Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah, driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns ahead of next year's National Park Service centennial.

  • Wrongly convicted brothers each get $750,000 in compensation

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When two brothers were released after three decades of wrongful imprisonment, they struggled to adapt to an outside world neither had experienced since they were teenagers. The older one has managed to adjust and keep his "head up high," but the younger one, according to his family, is a broken man. On Wednesday, the state of North Carolina sought to make amends, awarding each man $750,000 for the time they spent behind bars after they falsely confessed to taking part in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. Henry McCollum, 51, appeared calm as a state official approved the maximum payout under the law to him and half-brother Leon Brown, 47.

  • 95 San Quentin inmates with Legionnaires' disease symptoms

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the number of inmates at San Quentin State Prison under observation for respiratory illness symptoms has increased to 95. State corrections department officials said Wednesday the inmates are under observation for Legionnaires' disease but have not been diagnosed. Six inmates are confirmed to have the disease. There are no confirmed cases among staff members. Symptoms included high fever, chills and a cough. They are being treated at San Quentin's on-site medical unit. Hot evening meals have resumed for inmates, and all general population and reception-center inmates have received showers. Segregated inmates and those on death row have not received showers. Officials

  • Day care apologizes after workers accused of inciting fights

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    CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) — Officials at a day care center are apologizing to parents after two workers were charged with instigating scuffles among the young children as part of what police and prosecutors are calling a "Fight Club." After the workers were charged Tuesday with child abuse, the Lightbridge Academy center in Cranford said in a statement that it was "shocked and saddened by this isolated incident." Center officials say they learned of the allegations in mid-August and suspended the workers — Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle. Both were fired a short time later and are due to be arraigned Friday. The center has been cooperating with the Union County Prosecutor's Office, which in

  • California man recounts tackling gunman on Paris-bound train

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of three Americans who foiled an attack on a Paris-bound train said he and his friends did whatever they could to disarm the gunman. Anthony Sadler said in an interview set to air Wednesday on "NBC Nightly News" that he didn't think about what could have gone wrong until days later. He said the gunman tried to fire at his friend, but the gun didn't go off. Sadler, 23, a senior at Sacramento State University, along with Oregon National Guard specialist Alek Skarlatos and U.S. Airman Spencer Stone earned worldwide acclaim when they tackled the gunman carrying a handgun and assault weapon while the Americans were on vacation in August. Authorities identified the gunman as 26-year-old Ayoub El-Kha

  • Tropical Storm Fred is weakening in the Atlantic

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    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred is weakening far out over the Atlantic. The storm's maximum sustained winds Wednesday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Fred is expected to weaken to a post-tropical cyclone later Wednesday. Fred is centered about 525 miles (845 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph). Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression could become a tropical storm later in the day. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 kph). The depression is centered about 570 miles (915 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving north-northwest near 9 m

  • Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he has no intention of allowing the Obama administration to use legal maneuvering to "run out the clock" on a lawsuit challenging the USA Patriot Act. Leon ruled in 2013 that the mass collection of phone records is likely unconstitutional, but the government successfully appealed that decision by challenging whether the plaintiffs in the case could prove their phone records were among those swept up by the secret program.

  • Evacuations lifted around destructive Oregon wildfire

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    JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters battling a destructive wildfire near John Day are allowing people who have been evacuated for weeks to return to their homes. The last evacuation alerts were lifted Wednesday, but residents in several neighborhoods were told to be ready to leave on short notice. The fire has destroyed 43 homes and burned more than 165 square miles. It is 52 percent contained. Crews focused Wednesday on containing spot fires that broke out beyond the containment lines during a period of hotter temperatures and lower humidity Tuesday. They were hopeful that cooler, more humid conditions Wednesday would allow firefighters to control the flames and strengthen their containment lines.

  • Traffic fowl-up: Chicken captured after causing traffic flap

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities have captured a felonious chicken that fouled up rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco. The bird was snared Wednesday after the morning commute and put in a patrol car for a visit to a veterinarian. The California Highway Patrol said the small, brown chicken had been reported running in the lanes of a toll plaza on the Bay Bridge. The agency later posted a photo of the "felonious fowl" in custody on its Twitter account. Meanwhile, a goose remained on the loose in San Jose after motorists headed northbound on Highway 101 reported seeing it on the shoulder of the busy road. CHP spokesman Ross Lee said the goose flew off into a nearby golf course. A

  • US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in April-June quarter

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis. The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed continued improvement for the banking industry seven years after the crisis struck. The number of "problem" banks continued to fall and some big banks had reduced expenses for legal settlements following large amounts paid out previously to resolve crisis-related cases. The FDIC reported that U.S. banks earned $43 billion in the second quarter, up from $40.1 billion a year earlier. Nearly 60 percent of banks repo

  • Crane operator blamed for Rhode Island building collapse

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    SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A police report shows that a worker blamed a mistake by a crane operator for the collapse of a building under construction at a private Rhode Island university that injured six people. Workers were installing steel beams Tuesday morning on a new indoor practice facility at Bryant University in Smithfield when the beams collapsed. The Smithfield Police Department report released Wednesday says a construction worker told police a crane operator must have pulled the beam too far as they were trying to straighten the leaning structure. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday three of the injured workers are in good condition and three have been released. The Occupational Safety and Health Admin

  • Oklahoma man handed life sentence in machete killing

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to murder in a gruesome machete attack on his friend was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Payne County Special Judge Phillip Corley sentenced 22-year-old Isaiah Marin after Marin waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of guilty to first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Marin nearly severed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett's head during the Oct. 29 attack in Stillwater. District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas described Marin as an "extremely dangerous person." She had been seeking the death penalty but said she agreed to the plea agreement after consulting with Crockett's family.

  • Wills of millions of Americans now available online

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    BOSTON (AP) — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold snuff box with the head of George Washington on it and all his fishing tackle. Eli Whitney left two nephews $1,000 each. Such mundane details that shed insights into the family relationships of some of America's most famous citizens are now just a mouse click away. Ancestry.com has digitized wills and probate records that cover more than 100 million people, including the deceased as well as their family and friends, dating from the Colonial era to the beginning of the 21st century

  • AP Exclusive: Records show university's response to Holmes

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    DENVER (AP) — More than a month before James Holmes' rampage on a Colorado movie theater, the head of his neuroscience graduate program called a campus police officer with alarming information: Holmes had told his psychiatrist that he wanted to kill people to make up for his failure in science. The call, never previously disclosed, came just after the psychiatrist expressed similar concerns to the same University of Colorado police officer in June 2012, when Holmes abruptly ended his academic career after repeatedly sharing his homicidal urges. But newly released documents show the officer did little other than check to see whether Holmes had a criminal record and deactivate his campus access cards.

  • Car deals abound _ if you want a 2015 model

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    DETROIT (AP) — If you're looking for a bargain on a new car — and you're not too picky about getting the latest model — September is the time to buy. At least 31 models are being redesigned for 2016, including big names like the BMW 3 Series and the Toyota Prius, according to the car buying site Edmunds.com. So, dealers are slashing thousands of dollars off the cost of 2015 models to clear them off their lots. There are drawbacks to buying an outgoing model, such as missing out on the latest infotainment and safety features. Still, big savings on a good car might be too good to pass up, for your budget and your lifestyle. Edmunds.

  • Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance. Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company's popular Littlest Pet Shop line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult. "Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting," says the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Faulkner has been at Fox News for a decade. She hosts the daytime show "Outnumbered" and anchors a Sunda

  • APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling. The American Egg Board, which is responsible for the "Incredible, Edible Egg" slogan, waged a campaign to counter the emergence of Hampton Creek's Just Mayo spread, and even tried to prevent its sale at Whole Foods grocery stores, according to documents provided to The Associated Press. The documents offer a sometimes comic glimpse into the alarm the egg group felt about the startup and its CEO, Josh Tetrick, who has said he wants to make the food system more environmentally friendly by replacing the eggs in an array of foods with plant-based alternatives. "You want me to contact some of my old buddi

  • APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling. The American Egg Board, which is responsible for the "Incredible, Edible Egg" slogan, waged a campaign to counter the emergence of Hampton Creek's Just Mayo spread, and even tried to prevent its sale at Whole Foods grocery stores, according to documents provided to The Associated Press. The documents offer a sometimes comic glimpse into the alarm the egg group felt about the startup and its CEO, Josh Tetrick, who has said he wants to make the food system more environmentally friendly by replacing the eggs in an array of foods with plant-based alternatives. "You want me to contact some of my old buddi




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