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  • Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    7 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) BOSTON (AP) — American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group. A statement released by a family member late Tuesday says 45-year-old Curtis arrived at Newark ...

  • AP Top U.S. News At 10:46 p.m. EDT

    8 hours, 9 minutes ago

    (AP) Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths? Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police AP source: American militant said killed in Syria Quake is major test for hard-luck California city 3 ...

  • Storms packing 60 mph winds hit Michigan

    8 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, bringing 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 ...

  • Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

    10 hours, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. As the legal skirmish ...

  • House fire kills 9 dogs, injures 2 firefighters

    10 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a New Jersey home apparently operating without licenses as a pet-sitting business has killed at least nine dogs and injured two firefighters. Clifton fire officials tell The Record newspaper ( the fire was ...

  • Southern California prepares for big storm surf

    10 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California coastal areas filled sandbags and built sand berms Tuesday to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. A large southerly swell ...

  • Feds propose ban on rope-swinging from Utah arches

    10 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials have proposed a two-year ban on rope-swinging from iconic Utah arches and other high-flying activities at two popular landmarks that have led to deaths and injuries witnessed by visitors flocking to the sites ...

  • Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing lover

    10 hours, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine. The Desert Sun of Palm Springs ( ) says 24-year-old Christopher Lee entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree murder with ...

  • Ferguson shooting protests move to St. Louis

    11 hours, 37 minutes ago

    (AP) ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis migrated to the city Tuesday as demonstrators pressed for broad reforms to local and federal law enforcement — including the revival of ...

  • Sternest charge over man's pot brownies dropped

    11 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a first-degree felony drug charge that could have imprisoned a 19-year-old Texas man for life over brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil he's accused of making and selling. However, Jacob Lavoro still ...

  • Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

    11 hours, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) PHOENIX (AP) — A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California has been arrested at a Phoenix airport. Police say 62-year-old Marilyn Jean Hartman was taken into custody Tuesday ...

  • Man in wheelchair begging for money fatally shot

    12 hours, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) MIAMI (AP) — A man in a wheelchair begging for money at a busy Miami intersection was fatally shot and police were questioning a suspect who led them on a high-speed interstate chase before crashing his car. Miami-Dade police said ...

  • Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

    12 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado. About 60 miles away, inside in a federal courtroom Tuesday in Lexington, the ...

  • Suspect in 3 Los Angeles-area weekend killings charged with murder in earlier shooting

    12 hours, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suspect in 3 Los Angeles-area weekend killings charged with murder in earlier shooting.

  • Ex-federal official convicted in child porn case

    12 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal jury in Omaha has convicted a former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of several child pornography counts. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Nebraska says 56-year-old ...

  • 1 person suspected in fatal Los Angeles shootings

    13 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a man arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty is the sole suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los ...

  • AP Top Headlines At 5:31 p.m. EDT

    13 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended cease-fire, but put off contentious issues for a month Kremlin: Putin and Poroshenko meet for first-ever bilateral talks US says Egypt, UAE behind Libya strikes; intervention shows impatience with US-led efforts Obama tells VFW progress ...

  • AP Top News At 5:31 p.m. EDT

    13 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues Putin and Poroshenko meet for bilateral talks Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous Report finds 1,400 children ...

  • White House honor comes as vet's business totters

    13 hours, 28 minutes ago

    (AP) DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A former Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who started a coffee shop that employs fellow veterans is to be honored at a White House event Wednesday even as he solicits online donations to stay open. Intrepid ...

  • Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand

    13 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges, and the 7th U.S. Circuit ...

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