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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015

Trump says he’s willing to spend millions on campaign

BIRCH RUN, Mich. – Donald Trump says he’s prepared to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on his presidential campaign as long as he’s doing well in the polls. In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity set to air Tuesday night, Trump was asked whether he was prepared to spend $345 million or more to fund his establishment-bucking campaign.

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Video shows suspect with gun, police say

St. Louis County police have released surveillance video footage they said shows the 18-year-old black suspect, who was critically wounded when shot by police in Ferguson, minutes before he fired a gun at plainclothes officers. Tyrone Harris Jr. was shot late Sunday after police said he opened fire on an unmarked police van. The shooting happened as protesters nearby were marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s police shooting death.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015

Drones becoming serious concern for pilots

SAN DIEGO – As Jason Thrasher lowered his helicopter to a park with seven firefighters aboard, he saw what he thought was another firefighting chopper battling a blaze that was threatening homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection pilot suddenly identified the object as a four-rotor drone only 10 feet from his windshield, forcing him to make a hard left to avoid a collision about 500 feet above ground, according to a report he filed the next day.

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Officers and protesters face off Monday along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a man was shot by police during a protest. (Associated Press)

Several arrested in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. – Police arrested more than a dozen people in Ferguson on Monday night after protesters blocked traffic during a fourth consecutive night of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The gathering came about 24 hours after a demonstration along West Florissant Avenue that was interrupted by gunfire and a police shooting that left an 18-year-old critically injured, setting the St. Louis suburb on edge.

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2011 study shows air traffic controllers suffer chronic fatigue

WASHINGTON – Air traffic controllers’ work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years. Federal Aviation Administration officials posted the study online Monday, hours after the Associated Press reported the findings.

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Clinton signs declaration saying she’s turned over all emails

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says in a sworn statement submitted to a federal judge on Monday that she has turned over all emails reflecting official government business. The statement, which carries her signature and was signed under penalty of perjury, echoes past public statements that Clinton has made in the last few months regarding her private email account.

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Coast Guard cutter Stratton crew members secure cocaine bales from a self-propelled semi-submersible interdicted in international waters on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press)

Coast Guard cocaine seizures skyrocket off Latin America’s Pacific coast

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard has seized more cocaine off Latin America’s Pacific coast over the past 10 months than in the previous three years combined as it rebounds from budget cuts and combats smugglers increasingly moving drugs on the high seas, officials said Monday. The military branch has seized 119,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1.8 billion so far this year, Adm. Paul Zukunft said before crews used a crane to move dozens of massive drug bundles off a Coast Guard vessel in San Diego.

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Masked Turkish police officers secure a road leading to the U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul on Monday. (Associated Press)

Far-left group takes responsibility for shooting at U.S. consulate in Turkey

ISTANBUL – A far-left extremist group took responsibility for an armed assault Monday by two women on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, part of a wave of attacks that struck Turkey amid escalating violence. No U.S. personnel were injured in the shooting incident outside the heavily fortified mission, but the consulate said that it was closing until further notice, according to Turkish media accounts.

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Hiker’s death in Yellowstone could lead to euthanasia of grizzlies

BILLINGS – Two grizzly bears captured close to where a seasonal employee of Yellowstone National Park was killed could be euthanized if DNA tests determine they attacked the man, authorities said Monday. Lance Crosby, 63, who worked as a nurse in the park’s medical clinics, was hiking alone and without bear spray when he was killed, according to park officials. His body was discovered Friday by a park ranger about a half-mile from the nearest developed trail, hidden by the animals beneath pine needles and dirt.

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In brief: Nurses union, with mostly female membership, endorses Sanders

Washington – Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation’s largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator’s appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 185,000-member National Nurses United endorsed Sanders during an event with the independent senator in Oakland, California.

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Incentives, loan programs part of Clinton’s college affordability plan

WASHINGTON – Calling for a “new college compact,” Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday unveiled a $350 billion plan aimed at making college more affordable and reducing the crushing burden of student debt. At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, the state with the highest average student debt in the country, Clinton proposed steps to reduce the cost of four-year public schools, make two-year community colleges tuition-free and cut student loan interest rates.

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Increasing percentage of adults insured

WASHINGTON – When the Affordable Care Act took effect in October 2013, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance; today only Texas remains, according to data released Monday. At the other end of the scale, only five states’ populations were so well-insured in 2013 that fewer than 1 in 10 adult residents lacked insurance. Today, more than half the states have achieved that goal.

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Oil slump, sanctions cause sharp contraction in Russian economy

Russia’s economy shrank by 4.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, posting the worst performance since the crippling recession of 2009, the state statistics agency reported Monday. Russian consumers also have been hit by the eroding value of the ruble. The currency has dropped to 64 to the U.S. dollar, boosting inflation to 15.6 percent in July and propelling a decline in buying power with its depreciation of 43 percent over the last year.

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People: Melissa Gilbert, former ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, announces Congress run

Former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat on Monday, saying “fresh voices” are needed to help improve the economy for people who have fallen behind. The 51-year-old Democrat, who moved to Howell, Michigan, from California two years ago after marrying actor Timothy Busfield, will run for the 8th District, which stretches from the northern Detroit suburbs to the state capital of Lansing and has been in GOP hands for 15 years. First-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester won last year after then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers decided not to seek re-election.

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Jim Vincent, a liquid water program manager with the New Mexico Environment Department, helps a man fill out a form to have his water sample tested Monday. (Associated Press)

States, tribe declare disaster areas as mine waste heads to Lake Powell

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill. Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream estimated to be 100 miles long churned downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine.

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Day after Pepperdine

Back with my day-after Pepperdine post. The Zags held off the Waves 69-66 to remain a half-game up (tied in the loss column) with Saint Mary’s atop the WCC standings. ...

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