• Dolly Parton's family life subject of TV movie

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Dolly Parton wants the upcoming TV movie about her life growing up poor in Appalachia to show viewers the kind of family she thinks is missing on television today. Parton, 69, is working with NBC on the TV movie, which she expects will be coming out later this year for the winter holidays, based on her hit song "Coat Of Many Colors." Eight-year-old actress Alyvia Lind has been cast to play the young Parton in the movie set in the 1950s in East Tennessee. Parton may appear as well. "It really just shows family," Parton said. "I think we're missing that. I don't know if people beside me miss shows like 'The Little House On The Prairie' or 'The Waltons.' But it's kinda like that. It just the s

  • News Guide: Super PAC backing Cruz gets $10 million donation

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well. Unlike campaigns, these outside groups aren't limited in how much money they can accept from individual donors. While they can't directly take orders from the candidates they're spending money to help elect, they still account for about $2 of every $3 raised so far in the 2016 race for president. Many super PACs must file their first fundraising reports with federal regulators by midnight Friday. The super PAC filings will detail how money was raised and spent from January to the end of June and include the names of donors.

  • Guillermo racing in Pacific, remains far from Hawaii

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Guillermo continues to race west-northwest but remains far away from Hawaii deep in the Pacific. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Guillermo is about 1,335 miles (2,150 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. The Category 2 hurricane had maximum sustained winds near 105 mph (165 kph). The center says Guillermo hasn't strengthened over several hours but some strengthening is possible in the coming day before the storm is expected to begin weakening on Sunday. It is moving west-northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). Current forecast models show Guillermo will move near the Hawaiian islands sometime next week, though it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by then.

  • Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order "in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.

  • 1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195. "It smells good in there," said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. He was the first in line two hours before the doors opened just after 10 a.m.

  • 'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt. The agency said it ended the search at sunset, as it had announced earlier in the day. The Coast Guard searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success. Even as officials announced at noon that the formal search-and-rescue effort would end at sundown, private planes and boats were preparing to keep scouring the water hoping for clues on what happened to the 14-year-old neighbors, Perry Cohen and Au

  • Farm owner thought vehicle was fine before hayride crash

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween-themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, denied knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon and said he'd used it as his personal farm vehicle. He said that he ultimately submitted to a lie detector test and testified before the grand jury to clear his name, and to prove that he didn't knowingly put anyone in harm's way. There's a measure of vindication that he was not charged, he said Friday, but that's tempered by the tragedy of 17-year-old C

  • At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States." Clinton is the first candidate for president in 2016 to release detailed information about her personal health. A closer look at those details. ___ OVERALL PROGNOSIS Clinton is a "healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies," wrote Dr. Lisa Bardack, an internist who practices near Clinton's suburban New York home.

  • Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest had been disciplined

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to documents released Friday. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13, three days after her arrest. Officials say used a plastic bag to hang herself, a finding her family has questioned. Bland's family and others also have criticized Trooper Brian Encinia, who stopped Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The Texas Department of Public Safety released Encinia's personnel file in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from T

  • Battery charge against Bills coach Kromer dropped

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they've dropped a battery charge against Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who was accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida. The State Attorney's Office filed a motion Friday to drop a charge of battery that caused bodily harm. The Walton County Sheriff's Office says Kromer was arrested earlier this month after he confronted two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him. A statement from prosecutors, provided to The Associated Press by the Northwest Florida Daily News (http://goo.gl/l5d5xr ), said the boys' parents requested charges be dropped to prevent further disruption to their lives.

  • Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard. The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in American history. It was the official yacht for presidents from Herbert Hoover through Jimmy Carter, who had it sold in 1977. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the vessel has been drying out since December in a Deltaville, Virginia, shipyard amid a legal fight about what it's worth and who should pay for repairs.

  • Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. The International Astronomical Union's general assembly starts Monday. It was planned years in advance but is happening amid protests against the building of telescopes atop two mountains held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Some demonstrators on Maui and the Big Island were arrested Friday as scientists from more than 75 countries headed to Hawaii for the meetings. The protests gained momentum in April when workers tried to start construction on the Big Island's Mauna Kea of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes.

  • SNL stars Armisen, Meyers, Hader reunite for parody series

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The shaggy-haired rocker who set up his amplifier in the posh hotel lobby looked a lot like Fred Armisen. And wasn't that Seth Meyers snapping his picture? It was indeed a bewigged Armisen getting in a few guitar licks and Meyers recording the moment, part of the promotion for IFC's new "Documentary Now!" The series parodying famed documentaries and genres reunites former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues Armisen, Meyers and Bill Hader, with the trio serving as writers and producers (with Rhys Thomas) and Armisen and Hader also starring. "I love that we figured out a way to keep working together," said Meyers, who fitted the project in with his duties as an NBC late-night host.

  • A look at Hillary Clinton's 2007-2014 federal tax returns

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Federal income tax returns from 2007 through 2014 for Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, show a surge in earnings in recent years and provide new details on aspects of their business dealings. ___ THE TOP LINE The Clintons earned $139.1 million over the past eight years, a period that spanned Hillary Rodham Clinton's term as secretary of state. The returns show numerous paid speeches and appearances by her husband around the world and her own stint as a private speaker after she resigned from her diplomatic post in February 2013. The couple paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes and donated nearly $15 million to charity.

  • Employee dorm fire kills 1, injures 4 in Grand Teton

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A fire at an employee dormitory in Grand Teton National Park killed one person and injured four others in the third emergency for national park concession workers in Wyoming in the past two months. The fire ignited at a two-story Grand Teton Lodge Co. dorm at Colter Bay, an area of lodging and restaurants on the eastern shore of Jackson Lake. A fire engine arrived within 10 minutes of the emergency call just after midnight Friday, according to park officials. Firefighters carried out one person from the second floor who was unresponsive. Resuscitation efforts continued for almost an hour before he was declared dead at the scene. The victim was identified as a concession worker in his mid-20s.

  • American Journalism Review to stop publishing after 38 years

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The American Journalism Review will stop publishing online, bringing to an end 38 years of reporting on the news media. Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, which published the magazine, announced the closing Friday on the college's website. AJR, which once published 11 print editions a year, cut back to three times and year and ceased print publication in 2013, according to its website. The magazine, founded in 1977 by American University graduate student Roger Kranz, was first published as the Washington Journalism Review. In 1987, journalism college dean Reese Cleghorn took over control of the magazine. It was renamed the Ameri

  • Jail inmate in Arizona pulls eye out of its socket

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A jail inmate in Arizona is hospitalized after authorities say he pulled one of his eyeballs out of its socket. Sheriff's officials in Pinal County, just southeast of Phoenix, say Colin Corkhill, of Scottsdale, was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. The 26-year-old was originally housed in a cell with other inmates, but detention officers saw him punch himself in the face, so he was placed in a cell by himself under a mental health watch. Officials say detention officers making routine cell checks Thursday night saw blood on the window of Corkhill's cell door and found that he had pulled his right eyeball out of its s

  • Honolulu police arrest suspect in assault of state lawmaker

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in a case involving a Hawaii lawmaker who was attacked in a homeless encampment. Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Friday the suspect is a minor whose name won't be released. The incident occurred on June 29 while Democratic Rep. Tom Brower was taking photos in the Honolulu encampment where hundreds of homeless people are living. Brower says he was attacked by one person who knocked him to the ground. He says he got up covered in blood and was chased by a group of 10 people. Some camp residents say the attackers were upset that Brower was taking photos of their homes. Brower says he will help people who acknowled

  • Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday. The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands. The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government teamed up to offer residents an average 45 percent reduction in power costs. State officials said Friday that the project was approved during eight months of community consultations and public hearings. But opponents contend the consultations violated their rights a

  • 7 Hawaii telescope protesters arrested for defying new rule

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Seven men have been arrested for camping on Mauna Kea (mau-NAH' kay-AH'), where there's a new emergency rule restricting overnight access to the mountain because of protests against building a giant telescope there. The arrests early Friday are the first enforcement efforts since the land board approved the rule July 10. The rule restricting access to the mountain during certain nighttime hours and prohibiting certain camping gear is prompted by protesters' around-the-clock presence to prevent construction. Protest leader Lanakila Mangauil (lah-NAH'-kee-lah mang-wheel) says officers arrived around 2 a.m. while protesters were praying. He says the seven arrested refused to leave.




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