• California wildfire claims 6 more homes

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say crews found six more homes destroyed by a Northern California wildfire that led to evacuation orders for about 1,200 people before it was brought under control. Nineteen homes and 48 outbuildings were determined to have been destroyed by the Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. The fire was 80 percent contained as of Tuesday morning and holding at a little under 6 square miles. Most of the evacuees were allowed to return home a day earlier. State fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean says the continued progress against the fire has allowed officials to begin dispatching crews to other blazes. The fire is expected to be fully contained Friday.

  • New York Times 2Q profit drops 54 percent

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times Co. on Tuesday reported earnings that declined by 54 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations. The New York-based company said net income declined to $9.2 million, or 6 cents per share, from $20.1 million, or 13 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 7 cents per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of 8 cents. The newspaper publisher said revenue decreased less than 1 percent to $388.7 million from $391 million in the same quarter a year earlier, and topped Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $388.6 million, according to Zack

  • TD Ameritrade building earns efficiency award

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TD Ameritrade's new headquarters tower in Omaha has been recognized for its efficient design that includes numerous features to conserve energy. The $250 million, 12-story tower opened last year in west Omaha. TD Ameritrade said Tuesday the U.S. Green Building Council gave the building its highest platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The building includes sensors to turn off LED lighting when workers aren't at their desk or if sunlight is available, and rainwater is captured and reused in toilets. There are also solar panels on the tower's roof, a rooftop garden on another part of the building and four wind turbines.

  • 'Guardians' blasts Marvel in a different direction

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there's always been apprehension about "Guardians of the Galaxy." Since the president of Marvel Studios first teased the possibility of making a movie based on the comic book about a team of intergalactic do-gooders, the proposition has been called risky — by critics, by fans and by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself. That never mattered to writer-director James Gunn, the horror maven best known for 2006's "Slither." "I could care less whether people think it's risky," Gunn said matter-of-factly earlier this month while reclining in a cushy black chair in a screening room on the Disney lot.

  • Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars for fire risk

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire. The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model years. It's an expansion of an earlier recall of the Forenza and Reno. All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea. Suzuki says in documents filed Tuesday with government safety regulators that a transistor in the modules can overheat in the instrument panel. That could melt the module, which could cause a fire. Suzuki says there were no fires reported in Verona models. Dealers will replace the modules for free. Owners will be notified later. American Suzuki Motor Corp.

  • US stocks inch higher ahead of economic reports

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is edging higher in early trading ahead of a string of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,011 on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 climbed two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,981. The Nasdaq gained nine points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,454. The U.S. releases gross domestic product figures for the April-June quarter on Wednesday. The world's largest economy is expected to pick up after a severe winter dampened growth. The Federal Reserve issues a statement after wrapping up a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday. On Thursday, a report on China's manufacturing will give investors an update on the health of th

  • US home price gains slow for 6th straight month

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 9.3 percent in May from 12 months earlier. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013. Yearly price gains slowed in 18 of the 20 cities. They accelerated in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were flat in Tampa, Florida. Home prices soared last fall and winter but have been steadily returning to a more sustainable level this year. Existing home sales have picked up, rising to an eight-month high in June. But they are still 2.3 p

  • Stories of athletes named in NCAA lawsuit

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Ten head-injury lawsuits filed against the NCAA were consolidated into one federal class-action suit in Chicago, where a settlement was announced Tuesday. In all of the lawsuits combined, dozens of plaintiffs who said they suffered concussions playing contact sports in college are named. Here are some of their stories: Adrian Arrington, former Eastern Illinois football player Arrington, a strong safety at Eastern Illinois from 2006 to 2009, initiated the first lawsuit in 2011. Arrington says he suffered five concussions playing for EIU — some so severe that he couldn't recognize his parents later in the day.

  • Mars rover holds off-Earth distance record

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    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The odometer of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has hit 25.01 miles, breaking the record for off-Earth distance travelled. NASA officials said Monday that Opportunity drove 157 feet over the weekend, which was enough to surpass the miles covered by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover. NASA project manager John Callas says Opportunity was only intended to drive about 1 kilometer and was not designed for distance. He says the rover has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world. NASA says if the rover hits 26.2 miles, it will reach the next major investigation site that scientists refer to as "Marathon Valley" — because it will have travelled the distance of a marathon.

  • Waste Management selling subsidiary for $1.94B

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Waste Management is selling a subsidiary to Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion as part of its effort to focus on its core business. It is selling Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., which owns or runs 17 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power-producing plants in the U.S. The business also has four ash monofill landfills, three transfer stations and an ongoing development and construction project in the U.K. Wheelabrator's 2013 revenue totaled about $845 million. Waste Management Inc. said Tuesday that it will enter a long-term agreement to supply waste to certain Wheelabrator facilities once the transaction is complete.

  • Wynn Resorts 2Q profit rises on Las Vegas strength

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s second-quarter earnings increased 57 percent, bolstered by strong results in Las Vegas. The casino operator's adjusted profit topped analysts' estimates, but revenue missed Wall Street's view. The Las Vegas-based company said net income rose to $203.9 million, or $2 per share, from $129.8 million, or $1.28 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and to extinguish debt, came to $2.11 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $2.08. Wynn Resorts said revenue climbed 6 percent to $1.41 billion from $1.33 billion, but missed Wall Street forecast of $1.44 billion.

  • Waste Management 2Q results mixed

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Waste Management Inc. on Tuesday reported that its second-quarter profit fell 14 percent. Its adjusted profit topped analysts' expectations, but revenue fell short of Wall Street's view. The Houston-based garbage and recycling hauler also announced that it is selling Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. to Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion. Wheelabrator owns or runs 17 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power-producing plants in the U.S. as well as four landfills, three transfer stations and an ongoing development and construction project in the U.K. President and CEO David Steiner said that Waste Management had suspended its stock buybacks in the first half of the year while talks to sell Whee

  • Obama dining with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess. Obama's Tuesday night gathering comes roughly 48 hours before Congress is set to go on a five-week break and is the latest in a series of trips the president has taken to meet Americans who have written him about their struggles and worries. Obama has been using their stories to criticize congressional Republicans in this midterm election campaign for failing to act on his legislative agenda.

  • Senior Palestinian official offers 24 hour truce in Gaza, says he's also speaking for Hamas

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Senior Palestinian official offers 24 hour truce in Gaza, says he's also speaking for Hamas.

  • Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey. Middletown Township police say the party had been going on for hours when the fight started Sunday night. It apparently began inside the reception hall and spilled out on to the street. It's not clear what sparked the brawl. Officers found several guests who were mostly shoving each other and shouting and sought assistance from nearby police departments. Order was eventually restored, but authorities shut down the reception and told the guests to leave. It took about 45 minutes to clear out the facility. No injuries were reported, but a man and a woman were charged with diso

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, Medicare's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030, the government said Monday. That's four years later than last year's estimate. As for Social Security, its massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034. The disability trust fund, however, is slated to run dry in just two years. At that point, unless Congress acts, the program will collect only enough payroll taxes to pay 81 percent of

  • Capito to speak at EPA hearing

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is among the dozens of scheduled speakers at a public hearing on President Barack Obama's new plan to order big and lasting cuts in the pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting the hearing Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Other hearings this week are in Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh on Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. Capito and others in West Virginia's congressional delegation have been critical of the EPA's plan. Gov.

  • Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said. The man, Charles Richard Mozdir, was recently featured on a CNN show about fugitives. He was wanted in a San Diego case and was charged with lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, a criminal complaint said. The shootout Monday between Mozdir and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force happened just after 1 p.m.

  • Indian senior community part of growing niche

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — When Arun and Usha Pancholi were deciding where to spend their retirement years, they wanted a place that combined the culture and camaraderie of life in India with the comforts and conveniences they had grown accustomed to after nearly five decades in Minnesota and Ohio. They found both at central Florida's ShantiNiketan, the first retirement community in the United States catering to people born in India. ShantiNiketan — Hindi for "House of Peace" — is one of a number of growing niche retirement communities aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or college allegiances. "It is the best of both worlds," said Arun Pancholi, 72, who retired with his 72-year-old wife from Columbus Ohio

  • Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An appeals courts' decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, is the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit, and is the first to affect the South, a region where the rising tide of rulings favoring marriage equality is testing concepts of states' rights and traditional, conservative moral values that have long held sway.