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  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

    Updated: 20 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental...

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    Updated: 27 min ago

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into...

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts....

  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    Updated: 33 min ago

    MIAMI (AP) — The efforts of Pope Francis to foster a thaw between the U.S. and Cuba has caused some fractures among Catholics in Miami. Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their spiritual leader. Those who equate Raul Castro...

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    Updated: 35 min ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — It took nearly eight years from the time a Toronto man was arrested in a massive credit card fraud scheme, but a federal judge has figured out how much each victim is owed. Adekunle Adetiloye (aw-duh-KUHN-lee aw-duh-tuh-LOH'-ee) pleaded guilty earlier to mail fraud and was...

  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

    Updated: 38 min ago

    CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — Federal grant money has long been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to rural areas. Now a South Dakota program is offering a similar incentive for lawyers. It provides an annual subsidy of $12,000 for attorneys who live and practice law in...

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt rules governing the self-driving cars of the future. The reason: Regulators first must figure out how they'll know whether the cars are safe. Safety is a chief selling point of self-driving...

  • Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. "They were, quite simply,...

  • President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday: — QUIET TIME AT HOME: Obama and the first family spent the morning at their vacation home in the breezy seaside town of Kailua and were greeted by sunny, blue skies. A handful of...

  • For Oklahoma's most well-known same-sex couple, work continues on marriage equality

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    After fighting Oklahoma’s marriage ban for more than a decade, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop are now a legally-recognized couple in their home state. Now they want to be recognized as married in every state.

  • Numbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Facts and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO: ___ — 9.1: Magnitude of the earthquake that set off the tsunami. Centered off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, it was the world's third-largest earthquake...

  • Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the...

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself,...

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is being...

  • 3 killed in car crash on way to Mexico funeral

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three people were killed in a rollover crash in northern San Diego County while they were on their way to a funeral service in Mexico, authorities said. The driver Jerson Duron, 25, his wife Edith Duron, 22, both of South El Monte, California and Ivette Garcia, 21, of Los...

  • Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping. The group Black Lives Matter...

  • 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on...

  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide....

  • Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails. One month later, the Obama administration...

  • AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self.