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  • Obama faces obstacles in holding North Carolina

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Keeping North Carolina in the Democratic column this year may prove hard for President Barack Obama. North Carolina’s unemployment rate is among the nation’s highest. Social …


  • W.Va. health officials report hantavirus death

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department director Dr. …


  • US sends more spies, diplomats to Syrian border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is ramping up its presence at Syria’s Turkish border, sending more spies and diplomats to help advise the rebel forces in their mismatched fight against …


  • Remnant of Hurricane Isaac lurks in Gulf of Mexico

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If a well-traveled remnant of last week’s Hurricane Isaac becomes a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, it would be a rare but not unprecedented …


  • Storm soaks Charlotte hours before Obama’s speech

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A thunderstorm popped up over the site of the Democratic National Convention about seven hours before President Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech. Heavy rain started …


  • Attorneys: Fort Hood suspect offered guilty plea

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre twice offered to plead guilty and “accept full responsibility” for the crime earlier this year, …


  • Romney defends Afghanistan omission

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his decision not to discuss the Afghanistan war in his convention speech. He said he didn’t plan to …


  • US feds investigate reported fatal border shooting

    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says federal officials are investigating after the Mexican government said a Mexican citizen was killed when an agent patrolling the Rio …


  • FBI seeks bank robber dubbed ‘Bucket List Bandit’

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The FBI is hunting for a serial bank robber suspected in heists in eight states and whom the agency dubbed the “Bucket List Bandit” after he …


  • Who is marching in Charlotte to protest the DNC?

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When protesters began arriving in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention this week, they were filled with hope. For months, they predicted that thousands would travel …


  • Texas to open fastest US highway with 85 mph limit

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip …


  • Peterson jury asks for definition of ‘unanimous’

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the murder case against Drew Peterson sent a note to the judge Thursday asking for the definition of the word ‘unanimous’ — a request …


  • Judge orders Fort Hood suspect be clean-shaven

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage must be clean-shaven or will be forcibly shaved before his murder trial, a military …


  • Schumer: Senate should vote soon on Ryan budget

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the Senate to vote soon on the Ryan budget to put Republicans, including presidential running mates Mitt Romney and Paul …


  • APNewsBreak: Tests confirm oil came from BP spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State …


  • Zimbabwe nurse protesters return to their jobs

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight nurses arrested on allegations of inciting violent protests against the firing of a popular Canadian doctor from a church mission hospital have been allowed to …


  • Police calm, small crowds mark DNC, RNC protests

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As dozens of protesters blocked a busy intersection near the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week, they were surrounded and outnumbered by heavily armed police …


  • Jet returns to Philadelphia over hoax phone call

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Law enforcement authorities recalled a Dallas-bound airplane to Philadelphia on Thursday, searched the jet and removed a passenger for questioning because of an apparent hoax tip called …


  • Olive Garden, LongHorn workers sue company

    MIAMI (AP) — Darden Restaurants violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a …


  • Jet returns to Philly over hoax phone call

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a security scare that prompted authorities to recall an airborne flight was the result of a hoax. Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan says a man …


  • Mike Birbiglia’s 5 favorite NYC romantic comedies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Birbiglia, a stand-up comic with a sleep disorder, stars in, co-writes and makes his directing debut with “Sleepwalk With Me,” which is about … a …


  • Sex researcher’s son charged with exposing self

    DETROIT (AP) — A pioneering sex researcher’s son who was cited for masturbating in New York’s Central Park earlier this year was arrested in a rural Michigan sting operation for …


  • British health chief dubbed “minister for magic”

    LONDON (AP) — He supports homeopathy, a practice that many experts liken to snake oil. He opposes late-term abortion, falling afoul of this mostly pro-choice nation. During the London Olympics, …


  • Jury deliberates for 2nd day in Peterson trial

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois jury is deliberating for a second day in the Drew Peterson murder trial. The Will County jury reconvened Thursday after failing to reach a …


  • Isaac’s remnants relieves some drought states

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac’s remnants dumped heavy rain on some key Midwest farming states, dramatically lessening the drought there while corn-producing heavyweights Iowa and Nebraska missed out on …


  • Suspects sought after Hollywood-style bank heist

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two masked gunmen managed to evade authorities after a bizarre bank heist in which they strapped what they said was a bomb to the bank manager’s …


  • Jet returns to Philly over tip about explosives

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A US Airways flight to Dallas was called back to Philadelphia on Thursday morning and surrounded by police after law enforcement officials received an anonymous tip that …


  • Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other …


  • Rain aids battle against California forest fire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters braced for drier weather Thursday after remnants of a tropical storm helped them gain ground on a 4,180-acre blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast …


  • Judge may issue order for Fort Hood suspect beard

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday was expected to issue a definitive order for the forcible beard shaving of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 …

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