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  • Search-and-rescue team helps scientists pull rare whale fossil from California backyard
    Aug 1, 2014 10:12 PM CDT

    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (AP) — A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission. The 16- to 17-million-year-old fossil from a baleen whale is one of about 20 baleen fossils known to exist, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County paleontologist Howell Thomas said. Baleen is a filter made of soft tissue that is used to sift out prey, like krill, from seawater....

  • Denver County celebrates pot at county fair with contests for plants, bongs and edible treats
    Aug 1, 2014 7:36 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend's Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over "Pot Pavilion" where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display. There is no actual weed at the fairgrounds. Instead, fairgoers will see photos of the competing pot plants and marijuana-infused foods. A sign near the entry warns patrons not to consume pot...

  • HOF 2014: Michael Strahan expects emotions to flow during induction ceremony
    Aug 1, 2014 5:46 PM CDT

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday. "I am not going to be the first one to crack," Strahan pronounced with a familiar gap-toothed grin Friday. "But it'll be interesting. I just told the guys, 'It's OK. If you're going to cry, this is the opportunity...

  • Business Highlights
    Aug 1, 2014 4:49 PM CDT

    ___ US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion. Employers added 209,000 jobs last month. Though that was fewer than in the previous three months, the economy has now produced an average 244,000 jobs a month since February — the best six-month string in eight years. At the same time, most economists think...

  • Grizzly, people run-ins in Yellowstone area drop in 2013, but long-term trend shows increase
    Aug 1, 2014 4:43 PM CDT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conflicts between humans and grizzly bears in the region around Yellowstone National Park dropped last year, but that wasn't enough to reverse a long-term trend of more potentially dangerous interactions as populations of both bruins and people increase. A new report by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team shows 252 grizzly run-ins were documented last year. They ranged from bears attacking livestock and damaging property in search of food to surprising backcountry encounters....

  • Gas prices post rare July decline, lowest price to start August in 4 years
    Aug 1, 2014 3:41 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer. August began with the lowest average gasoline price for this time of year since 2010. Just a few weeks ago, drivers were paying the highest gasoline July Fourth gasoline price in six years. The average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.52 after falling 16 cents over the last month. Prices may continue to slide in early August and post larger drops after Labor Day — as long as there are no hurricanes that...

  • Park service tentatively OKs plan to kill 2,800 deer at Civil War battlefields to save plants
    Aug 1, 2014 3:27 PM CDT

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service has tentatively approved a plan that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees. The agency aims to reduce herds that it says are over-browsing vegetation at the Antietam and Monocacy battlefields in Maryland and the Manassas battlefield in Virginia. Spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles said Friday that...

  • Recalls this week include bicycles, home aquarium heaters, and light fixture lenses
    Aug 1, 2014 3:03 PM CDT

    A line of bicycles with a faulty front wheel and light fixture lenses that can shatter are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include aquarium heaters and welding torch handles. Here's a more detailed look: BICYCLES DETAILS: 20-inch Avigo "Turn N Burn" youth bicycles with model number 8107-62. The model number and date of manufacture, "08202013," are printed on a data label on the frame's seat tube. The serial number can be found etched on the frame on the underside of the...

  • Solid gains for automakers and construction as US employers add 209,000 jobs in July
    Aug 1, 2014 2:41 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers helped drive hiring in July. In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday. That increase accounted for more than half the 28,000 manufacturing jobs added last month, the strongest such gain since November 2013. Spurring the hiring has been stronger auto buying. Sales for Chrysler, Toyota, Ford and Nissan each rose by double-digits...

  • Billionaire Larry Ellison's company buys Hotel Lanai, making him owner of all island's hotels
    Aug 1, 2014 1:38 PM CDT

    LANAI CITY, Hawaii (AP) — Billionaire Larry Ellison has purchased the historic Hotel Lanai for an undisclosed price. The deal that closed July 7 now makes Ellison the owner of every hotel room on the island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/zQLTQ ) reported. Mary Charles' Lanai Hospitality Partners LLC had owned and operated the hotel in Lanai City since 2007. She told the Maui News (http://ow.ly/zQLW5 ) that she believes most of the 28 hotel staffers remain employed at the 10-room...

  • Ohio amusement park says it has topped Guinness shaved-heads record in fight against cancer
    Aug 1, 2014 1:35 PM CDT

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — With wide grins and a few apprehensive looks, more than 200 people lost their hair Friday at an amusement park as they worked to break the Guinness record for most heads shaved simultaneously. Hair littered the ground at Kings Island as 213 people had their heads shaved at part of the park's Kicks Cancer campaign to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. The current record of 182 heads shaved simultaneously was achieved by a cancer charity in Canberra, Australia,...

  • Should edible pot look like other foods? Colorado mulls unique colors or shapes for edible pot
    Aug 1, 2014 12:28 PM CDT

    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Marijuana can go in more than brownies and cookies. And the dizzying variety of foods that can be infused with the drug is complicating matters for Colorado regulators who want to make sure pot-infused edibles and drinks won't be confused with regular foods. A first meeting Friday of edible marijuana makers, state regulators and pot critics ran into controversy early. Many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors. But what...

  • 1 more time: George Wein to lead Newport All-Stars at festival he founded 60 years ago
    Aug 1, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein doesn't know if this year will mark the end of a tradition dating back to the inaugural event 60 years ago: playing with his Newport All-Stars band. The jazz pianist-turned-impresario is scheduled to perform Sunday with the latest edition of the All-Stars on the festival's closing day at Fort Adams Park. Its current lineup includes trumpeter Randy Brecker, Israeli clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, saxophonist Lew Tabackin, guitarist...

  • Edouard Manet portrait going on the auction block in the fall, could bring up to $35M
    Aug 1, 2014 11:58 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Edouard Manet's portrait of an actress will star at Christie's fall auction where it's estimated to bring $25 million to $35 million. The work is widely known by its French title, "Le Printemps" (lu PRAHN'-tahm), which means "spring." It's been on loan at the National Gallery of Art for two decades. The 1881 painting depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy (zhahn day-mahr-SAY') with a frilly parasol, lacy bonnet and floral dress. It's being offered on Nov. 5. Christie's says the painting...

  • Meet the Fokkers: Spirit of World War I aviation alive in aerodrome north of New York City
    Aug 1, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

    RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind. The sights and sounds of World War I flight are re-created regularly at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York's Hudson Valley, where an original American Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" shares the sky with reproductions of a French Spad VII and German Fokkers. "I get to shoot down a Fokker triplane every Sunday afternoon," said...

  • Florida preserve allows close human contact with wolves; some experts say it may be too close
    Aug 1, 2014 9:39 AM CDT

    CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. It lets wolves become ambassadors for their species, they say, and helps people become advocates for wolves. "We offer one of the rarest opportunities in the world for humans to see wolves up close and personal," Cynthia...

  • Delaware's Winterthur Museum draws big crowds with its 'Costumes of Downton Abbey' exhibit
    Aug 1, 2014 8:15 AM CDT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Winterthur Museum is drawing big crowds with its 'Costumes of Downton Abbey' exhibit. The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1rNzGFC) reports that the show had its 100,000th visitor on Tuesday. The museum's annual visitation usually is between 100,000 and 110,000. If ticket sales continue, the exhibit could attract double the number of the museum's annual visitors. David Roselle, the museum's director, says the show is in the fifth month of its...

  • Single mom in Fargo returns found wallet with $1,000 cash to set example for young daughter
    Aug 1, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A single mother in Fargo says she hoped to set an example for her 7-year-old daughter when she returned a wallet containing $1,000 that the two found while running errands. Sadie Hill and her daughter, Adalee, found the wallet Monday in a parking lot. Hill said she works two jobs to make ends meet and could have used the money, but knew the right thing to do. "The only option was to return it," she said. "But, I called my mom and I said, 'You know, God is really testing me...

  • More bodies found in Indonesia's 2 boat disasters over Muslim holiday; death toll up to 34
    Aug 1, 2014 2:49 AM CDT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday. Seventeen bodies were pulled out from the Barombang River in North Sumatra province, where a boat carrying 48 villagers sank early Thursday after hitting a stump in the river, said Mujiono, an official of the local disaster agency. Among the dead were six children between...

  • Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    Aug 1, 2014 2:00 AM CDT

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ JOHNSON OFF GOLF TOUR DUE TO "PERSONAL CHALLENGES" Dustin Johnson takes time off tour due to undisclosed "personal challenges" and will miss the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=yNDMF3CF ___ PRICE, LESTER AND LACKEY CHANGE TEAMS BEFORE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE David Price joined Detroit, Jon Lester moved to Oakland and John Lackey became a St. Louis...

  • Death toll in 2 separate boat accidents in Indonesia rises to 34 with 3 missing
    Jul 31, 2014 11:56 PM CDT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday. Seventeen bodies were pulled out from the Barombang River in North Sumatra province, where a boat carrying 48 villagers sank early Thursday after hitting a stump in the river, said Mujiono, an official of the local disaster agency. Among the dead were six children between...

  • Signed ticket stub from Lou Gehrig's retirement game sells for $95,600 at Cleveland auction
    Jul 31, 2014 11:32 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375. The July 4, 1939, ticket and the 1971 Fight of the Century gloves were among the highlights from Heritage Auctions' sale at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Gehrig's 1924 rookie year contract sold for $358,500. A 1927 New York Yankees...

  • US issues highest-level travel warning for 3 West African countries because of Ebola outbreak
    Jul 31, 2014 10:10 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. "The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning. He called Ebola "a tragic,...

  • Sailboat collides with sport fishing boat off Florida Keys; 1 woman killed, another injured
    Jul 31, 2014 9:43 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — A boat collision off the Florida Keys has left one woman dead and injured another. The Coast Guard said in a news release that a 44-foot Catamaran and 55-foot sport-fishing boat collided Thursday afternoon near Mud Key, ejecting both women from the sailboat into the water. The women were brought by helicopter to Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West. One was declared dead and the other was reported in stable condition. The Coast Guard did not release their names, ages or hometowns....

  • FAA places new restrictions on US airlines flying over Iraq, prohibits landings at 2 airports
    Jul 31, 2014 9:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. The agency already had restricted flights in Iraqi air space to a 20,000-foot minimum. The order issued Thursday night follows the downing two weeks ago of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by a missile as it flew over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Iraq also has...

  • Hundreds attend ceremony to welcome return of saint who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii
    Jul 31, 2014 9:09 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A white hearse pulled up to the entrance of a downtown Honolulu cathedral Thursday, carrying the remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients in the 1880s. A metal box containing the remains of St. Marianne Cope was carried into the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace for what was a cross between a funeral Mass and a homecoming ceremony. She was 80 when she died of natural causes in 1918 at the remote Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai, where leprosy...

  • Opponents offer 2 options for saving independent Corcoran Gallery in court hearings on merger
    Jul 31, 2014 8:47 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions. The University of Maryland president and a leading Washington philanthropist described their past discussions with the Corcoran board about reinvigorating the financially struggling museum and college. They expressed willingness...

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections in effort to improve food safety
    Jul 31, 2014 8:10 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. More inspectors would check...

  • Elvis Presley guitar donor insists he owned the instrument given to South Dakota museum
    Jul 31, 2014 5:13 PM CDT

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had the right to give it away because he owned it. The instrument's fate is now in the hands of a federal judge in South Dakota tasked with determining whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to the National Music Museum last year along with a guitar made for Johnny Cash,...

  • In San Francisco's souped-up real estate market, $1 million for house or condo is now the norm
    Jul 31, 2014 4:38 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for houses and condominiums last month hit seven figures for the first time, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square foot starter home...

  • SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership; airline under fire from animal rights groups
    Jul 31, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship. The partnership won't be renewed at the end of the year when the current contract expires. As part of the partnership, three Southwest airplanes had various SeaWorld animals painted on their bodies. Those planes will be painted over to Southwest's...

  • At 'Mississippi's Giant Houseparty,' Republican Sen. Cochran seeks broad support for 7th term
    Jul 31, 2014 2:16 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have." Cochran and his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, spoke to thousands of people Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual gathering known as "Mississippi's Giant Houseparty." It's one of the largest political gatherings in the state and possibly the only time before Election Day...

  • Rhode Island man sues soccer star Ronaldo over trademark, says he owns rights to 'CR7' in US
    Jul 31, 2014 2:10 PM CDT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has sued Cristiano Ronaldo over the phrase "CR7," which is used by soccer fans around the world as shorthand for the Real Madrid forward. Christopher Renzi filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence against the Portuguese soccer star and a Danish company, JBS Textile Group. The firm sells underwear with the phrase "CR7," a combination of Ronaldo's initials and jersey number. Renzi's lawyer said on Thursday that his client was prompted...

  • US, India reach 'turning point' in strained relations, seek to mend ties for economic growth
    Jul 31, 2014 2:01 PM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Given a rare opportunity to lunch with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Gaurav Dalmia was less interested Thursday in discussing the planned topics at hand, including climate change or even the trade dispute between India and the U.S. Instead, the Indian businessman was focused on Kerry himself — and whether he would be able to smooth over brittle relations between Washington and New Delhi for the sake of economic growth. "So there's a perception in India that Mr. Kerry is...

  • WWI gas mask stolen from Wyoming exhibit in 1920 found for sale in South Dakota pawn shop
    Jul 31, 2014 1:58 PM CDT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state. The German gas mask originally got to Wyoming by way of U.S. Army Sgt. Robert O. Pennewill, who served in the war. The gas mask was part of a large collection of World War I items displayed in the Wyoming Capitol in the years after the war. Records show some of the items were stolen either while...

  • US issues highest-level travel warning for 3 West African countries because of Ebola outbreak
    Jul 31, 2014 1:48 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in those West Africa countries has killed more than 700 people this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small. The last time the federal agency issued such a travel warning...

  • Even as jobs return, lagging incomes and home equity leave many Americans feeling glum
    Jul 31, 2014 12:48 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. The July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for millions of people like Douglas Hunter, not much has changed. Hunter earned...

  • Irish betting company Paddy Power apologizes for 2010 data breach involving 649,055 customers
    Jul 31, 2014 12:01 PM CDT

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords. Paddy Power defended its four-year delay in reporting the biggest security breach in the company's history by arguing that it didn't know most of the details until much more recently. Online security experts said the fast-growing betting firm should...

  • 'An apple a day keeps Putin away': Poles protest Russian food ban with humor online
    Jul 31, 2014 11:14 AM CDT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food. Russia will begin banning imports of most fruit and vegetables from Poland on Friday for what it says are violations of health regulations and documentation procedures for some Polish produce. Polish government officials, however, say the ban was imposed as retaliation for its support for the latest round of European Union sanctions against Russia...

  • 5 free things to see and do in Virginia Beach, Va., from the oceanfront to Mount Trashmore
    Jul 31, 2014 11:14 AM CDT

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach is no generic beach town. It's the largest city in Virginia, which means there are plenty of things to do throughout the year for free. The city caters to tourists at the oceanfront resort area, but the cost-conscious traveler can find a variety of activities to do without opening a wallet at the oceanfront and elsewhere in the city. THE BEACH Virginia Beach is home to two distinct sets of beaches. The city has beaches at the oceanfront and beaches at...

  • California food company VR Green Farms recalls several products on botulism fears
    Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM CDT

    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County packaged-food company is voluntarily recalling several products over fears of possible botulism contamination. The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Wednesday to avoid some products from San Clemente-based VR Green Farms. Officials determined two botulism infection cases might be tied to the company's pine nut basil pesto. VR Green Farms has recalled the pesto, as well as its pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried...

  • Rolex passed among jurors as key prosecution witness testifies in trial of former Va. governor
    Jul 31, 2014 10:06 AM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A key witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that he made a mistake when he bought a Rolex watch for the governor at the first lady's request. Businessman Jonnie Williams said Thursday that he thought it was wrong to buy the watch and didn't want people to know. The watch was passed to the jury, where each juror briefly handled and inspected it. Williams said the watch cost between $6,000 and $7,000. The watch is an important piece...

  • Who's got the goat? Police investigate disappearance of grand champion animal at Colorado fair
    Jul 31, 2014 9:30 AM CDT

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Police in Greeley, Colorado, are investigating who's got the goat — a grand champion animal that vanished this week from a county fair. The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1m0UCoU) the red-colored Boer (BOHR') goat was reported missing Monday, hours before it was scheduled to appear at the Weld County fair's junior livestock auction. Two of the animal's halters also were gone. The goat is owned by 18-year-old David Smith of Niwot. Smith's father says he doesn't want...

  • As expected, half-dozen gay couples denied marriage licenses in South Carolina
    Jul 31, 2014 9:23 AM CDT

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state's ban on gay marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" project. Supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally and request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This was the third event in Greenville County. Similar...

  • Sony surprises with quarterly profit after selling buildings, stake in video-game maker
    Jul 31, 2014 3:00 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker. Sony's April-June profit soared to 26.8 billion yen ($261 million) from 3.1 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a loss. Quarterly sales climbed nearly 6 percent to 1.81 trillion yen ($17.6 billion). The Japanese electronics and entertainment...

  • Rescuers: 19 swimmers drown in strong current off Pakistan beaches
    Jul 31, 2014 2:27 AM CDT

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday. Shoaib Sadiqui, the administrator of Pakistan's largest city Karachi, said the victims ignored safety warnings and drowned Wednesday. He said a large number of people had gathered on the beaches to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Farooq Baluch, the director of Pakistan's largest private...

  • Michelle Obama calls on African leaders to rid traditions that harm girls, women
    Jul 30, 2014 11:27 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough. "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens," Mrs. Obama said. The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training...

  • Skydiver killed when parachute fails to open during San Diego County jump
    Jul 30, 2014 8:11 PM CDT

    JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device — but authorities say it was turned off. U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/UMrzxP ) says the man died when his parachute failed to open during a jump about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Otay Lakes. His name wasn't released. Authorities say the skydiver was equipped with a device that automatically deploys a parachute in an emergency, but...

  • 32 countries ask UN to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as a UN holiday
    Jul 30, 2014 5:45 PM CDT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday. The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, says the U.N. "recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented." "We believe that the United Nations calendar should reflect the organization's founding principles of coexistence,...

  • Ticket me Elmo: NYC weighs law for costumed characters, but free-speech issues raised
    Jul 30, 2014 4:45 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A summer spike in costumed characters behaving badly in Times Square — most recently a Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer — has turned up the heat on plans to regulate the legions of Elmos, Cookie Monsters and Statues of Liberty who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. "This has gone too far," a frustrated Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week. "It's time to take some real steps to regulate this reality." But that could be easier said than done. Legal...

  • Report: Jet hit unlisted pole at Georgia airport before crash; killed surgeon, 4 colleagues
    Jul 30, 2014 4:43 PM CDT

    THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — A private jet hit a utility pole that wasn't listed on aeronautical charts before running into trees and bursting into flames last February, killing a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the plane with Vein Guys medical practice employees aboard hit the unlighted pole at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport near Augusta the night of Feb. 20, 2013. The plane's...

  • Ohio levies 2nd fine against prison food vendor over shortages, staffing, maggots concerns
    Jul 30, 2014 4:42 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee. The $130,200 fine against Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services covered continued staffing shortages, unacceptable food substitutions and shortages and sanitation issues, including maggots observed in food service operations at five prisons this month and last,...

  • Declaring Israel a 'terrorist state,' Bolivia's president ends free entry for Israeli visitors
    Jul 30, 2014 4:23 PM CDT

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation. President Evo Morales already broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, calling Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide." The action announced Wednesday will especially hit young Israelis, who often travel for extended periods, with South...

  • Portland, Oregon, City Council legalizes short-term rentals in homes, boosting Airbnb
    Jul 30, 2014 3:52 PM CDT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. Homeowners will be allowed to rent one or two bedrooms once a safety inspection is done and neighbors are notified. Mayor Charlie Hales and the city commissioners said they want Portland to be active in the "sharing economy." Later this year, they plan to discuss whether to also legalize short-term rentals in apartment...

  • Testing company ExamSoft says processing issue caused delay in bar exam submissions across US
    Jul 30, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from uploading the first day's answers from their computers. The Florida-based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning. The cause was being investigated,...

  • Chiefs rookie QB Murray has yet to see finale of 'The Bachelorette' where brother gets engaged
    Jul 30, 2014 3:02 PM CDT

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question. No worries. Murray knew months ago that his brother, Josh Murray, would be chosen by "The Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman on this season of the reality dating show. In fact, the finale was taped the same week of the NFL draft, making it a memorable weekend in his household. "He's excited. He's very...

  • Dubai, European airlines diverting flights that once flew over Iraq out of security fears
    Jul 30, 2014 12:40 PM CDT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France, say they have devised alternate flight plans for their planes. Air France specifically said it detected a "potential threat" on July 24 which triggered the...

  • Priscilla Presley to attend Graceland hotel groundbreaking; new iPad tour of museum to begin
    Jul 30, 2014 12:37 PM CDT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Priscilla Presley is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel at Graceland, the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the longtime home of her late ex-husband, rock and roll icon Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley Enterprises, the operators of Graceland, said Tuesday the groundbreaking for the 450-room hotel called The Guest House is set for Aug. 14. Once built, the hotel will include two restaurants, meeting and special events space, and a 500-seat theater...

  • AUTO PACKAGE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway seek new ways to bring old fans back to race track
    Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats. He has a full weekend of NASCAR and sports car races leading up to the Brickyard 400. He's kept motorcycles on the summer schedule at Indy and added road races and vintage car races. He's hired headline bands for concerts and camped inside the historic venue. But every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher. Race organizers increasingly compete against other...

  • Mysterious crop circle on Bavarian wheat field attracts many visitors
    Jul 30, 2014 12:31 PM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday but told the dpa news agency Tuesday he didn't create the circle himself. He suggests students on summer holiday may have cut the image with a 75-meter (246-foot)...

  • Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for costumed characters demanding tips for photos with tourists
    Jul 30, 2014 12:22 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters such as the Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer recently. "This has gone too far," a frustrated Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week. "It's time to take some real steps to regulate this reality."...

  • Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta talks about the future of room service, Wi-Fi and younger travelers
    Jul 30, 2014 12:20 PM CDT

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren't small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends, neighbors and relatives, there are often 40 people dining. "I'm not a gourmet chef," Nassetta says. "I tend to cook what the kids beg for: my grandmother's old recipes of spicy red sauces, some sausage and ziti." Most of the time, Nassetta is on...

  • Yemen ends fuel subsidy program, doubling prices and sparking scattered protests that kill 1
    Jul 30, 2014 11:51 AM CDT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fuel prices in Yemen nearly doubled Wednesday as the government ended a fuel subsidy program costing billions of dollars, sparking scattered demonstrations that saw one person killed as authorities quickly dispersed protesters, security officials said. According to new prices posted in the capital, Sanaa, the government raised the price of regular gasoline to 200 Yemeni riyals per liter (93 U.S. cents) from 125 riyals (58 U.S. cents). Diesel used for public transport and trucks...

  • Authorities: Woman dies after medical emergency on commercial flight from Honolulu to Phoenix
    Jul 30, 2014 11:51 AM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after suffering an unknown medical emergency. Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness while the plane was in the air. He says she had no pulse and was pronounced dead by responders after the plane arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the flight...

  • Teens love their vacation selfies, but some adults says it's a narcissistic distraction
    Jul 30, 2014 11:49 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a "selfie fest." For this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience," said Whitt, co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel. Indeed, many parents love seeing their kids taking selfies and posting to social media when they travel. It shows "they are engaged and excited...

  • Fact sheet: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4X4
    Jul 30, 2014 10:11 AM CDT

    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4X4 BASE PRICE: $29,495 for Laredo 4X2; $31,095 for Laredo E 4X2; $31,495 for Laredo 4X4; $33,095 for Laredo E 4X4; $35,590 for Altitude 4X2; $36,495 for Limited 4X2; $37,590 for Altitude 4X4; $38,495 for Limited 4X4; $43,195 for Overland 4X2; $46,195 for Overland 4X4; $48,195 for Summit 4X2; $51,195 for Summit 4X4. PRICE AS TESTED: $59,185. TYPE: Front-engine, four-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, sport utility vehicle. ENGINE: 3-liter, double...

  • EcoDiesel V-6 in Jeep's top model extends range to 600-plus miles
    Jul 30, 2014 10:11 AM CDT

    The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014. The roomy interior can be luxuriously appointed with stitched leather seats, panoramic sunroof, suede-like ceiling material and a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with two video screens. But that's not all: With the addition of an impressive diesel V-6 from Jeep's parent, Fiat of Italy, the 2014 Grand Cherokee 4X2 now boasts a federal government travel...

  • Authorities: Woman dies after medical emergency on commercial flight from Honolulu to Phoenix
    Jul 30, 2014 10:08 AM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan (san-tee-YAHN') says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness while the plane was in the air. He says she had no pulse and was pronounced dead by responders after the plane arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez...

  • AUTO PACKAGE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway seek new ways to bring old fans back to race track
    Jul 30, 2014 9:31 AM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats. He has a full weekend of NASCAR and sports car races leading up to the Brickyard 400. He's kept motorcycles on the summer schedule at Indy and added road races and vintage car races. He's hired headline bands for concerts and camped inside the historic venue. But every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher. Race organizers increasingly compete against other...

  • As backyard chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch ride to take a bite out of dogs and cats
    Jul 30, 2014 8:50 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popular push for locally produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but people may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches a ride on hens. The poultry flea has been added to a list of parasites, venomous insects and other bothersome pests that take a bite out of dogs and cats every summer, veterinarians said. These bloodsucking pests are...

  • Senate report: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans flock to for-profit colleges, spending billions
    Jul 30, 2014 8:23 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations. A report to be released Wednesday from the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013...

  • Lollapalooza marks 10 years in Chicago; festival, kicking off Friday, includes Eminem, Outkast
    Jul 30, 2014 7:59 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. "We are very into the idea of being an international music event," Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a recent interview. "But I would have to acknowledge that if it were not for Chicago, that beautiful showroom, I don't think we would be in the position we're...

  • Group selfies get a name, but tricky to say right: Usie (prounounced uss-ee, like fussy)
    Jul 30, 2014 7:22 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. "It's magical capturing moments we share with other people." In contrast to one-person selfies, usies are "more about the relationship, and less about you and your hair,"...

  • Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly
    Jul 30, 2014 5:22 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales. Kyoto-based Nintendo reported a 9.92 billion yen ($97.3 million) April-June loss compared with an 8.62 billion yen profit a year earlier. Quarterly sales totaled 74.695...

  • Colorado Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Boulder County amid state's pending appeal
    Jul 29, 2014 8:57 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there's a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court...

  • 4 reporters, blogger subpoenaed in $1.2 billion 'pink slime' lawsuit against ABC network
    Jul 29, 2014 7:54 PM CDT

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics. The subpoenas were issued to five writers — three reporters for the online Food Safety News, Times reporter Michael Moss and noted food writer Michele Simon — asking each to supply copies of any communications they had with ABC...

  • New York City woman finds wedding dress she believed had been destroyed by Superstorm Sandy
    Jul 29, 2014 6:13 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who thought she had lost her wedding dress when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her local dry cleaner got an unexpected anniversary gift — her gown, safe and sound. Nicole Pagliaro had brought the fitted gown with one sparkly strap in for cleaning after her July 29, 2012, wedding. She had yet to pick it up when Superstorm Sandy hit, swamping the dry cleaner in Staten Island. Some days later, her husband went by and saw the damage to the store. "My husband came home and he...

  • American Express second-quarter profit increases 9 percent, tops estimate
    Jul 29, 2014 5:57 PM CDT

    American Express Co.'s net income grew 9 percent in the second quarter, as spending by cardholders increased and the credit card issuer set aside less money to cover potential credit losses. A one-time gain related to the company's business travel division also helped boost results. The New York company's latest earnings beat Wall Street's expectations, but its 5 percent increase in revenue fell short. Spending by holders of American Express cards grew 9 percent during the April-June period,...

  • Surgeon General: Skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds
    Jul 29, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak said state and local officials need to do more to help people cover up, such as providing more shade at parks and sporting events. Schools should...

  • Activists urge Obama to ensure that anti-gay bias issue is on agenda for US-Africa summit
    Jul 29, 2014 4:46 PM CDT

    Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, issued a statement depicting the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay,...

  • Prosecutor: Tuberculosis patient who refused care arrested in effort to protect public
    Jul 29, 2014 4:36 PM CDT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was arrested late Monday in Kern County, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said. Before Rosas Cruz can be sent back to San Joaquin County, he has to be medically cleared, which could take...

  • Japanese man sentenced to 3 months for flight attendant assault en route to Hawaii honeymoon
    Jul 29, 2014 4:28 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man received a three-month sentence Tuesday for a drunken altercation with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon. Kenji Okamoto has been in federal custody since the May flight landed in Honolulu, missing his honeymoon that was to be spent at a luxury east Honolulu resort, but allowing him to serve more than two months of his sentence. He's expected to be released in a few weeks and will return to Japan, said Salina Althof, his federal public defender....

  • Marriage, other relationship at center of corruption trial for ex-Virginia governor, his wife
    Jul 29, 2014 4:24 PM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements...

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art's president announces retirement, plans to step down in early 2015
    Jul 29, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, on Tuesday announced her retirement. Emily Rafferty, who started working at the museum in 1976 and has been its president since 2005, said she would step down at the end of March 2015. She said she felt "very confident" this was the right time. "It's a good time as we complete a number of projects here," such as a new plaza, new galleries and an expansion of the museum's hours to seven...

  • Activists urge Obama to ensure that anti-gay bias issue is on agenda for US-Africa summit
    Jul 29, 2014 3:55 PM CDT

    Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, described the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...

  • Texas attorney general: Gay-marriage ban promotes child rearing in 'lasting' relationships
    Jul 29, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the views of ban opponents could be considered "rational." But he argued that Texas voters have the right under the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause, the same amendment...

  • Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida; more could be on the way
    Jul 29, 2014 3:35 PM CDT

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with...

  • 2 defendants in Vegas illegal World Cup betting case freed from jail; poker pros post bail
    Jul 29, 2014 2:44 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release. Fifty-year-old Wei Seng Phua and his 22-year-old son, Darren Phua, are among eight people charged with setting up an illegal sports book in a Caesars Palace villa and taking World Cup bets. Bail was set for $2 million for the father and $500,000 for the son. Poker professional Andrew...

  • Appeals court upholds country of origin labels for steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat
    Jul 29, 2014 2:36 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer. The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing...

  • Far from Gaza, teens from Mideast aim for understanding; peace camp's impact felt years later
    Jul 29, 2014 1:55 PM CDT

    It's no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the Palestinians too. As rockets fly, troops battle and casualties mount in Gaza, teens from both sides of the border are heading to Otisfield, Maine, for Seeds of Peace,...

  • Hawaii's generous health care law faces threat from Affordable Care Act
    Jul 29, 2014 1:35 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. Without that, "it would be a choice between paying for medical coverage or eating," she said. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000 Hawaii residents — more than half the state's population — who rely on a unique, longstanding system that has been jeopardized by the federal health care overhaul....

  • Music aside, Aretha Franklin says she's eager for sugary fried treats during state fair shows
    Jul 29, 2014 1:28 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for fried, sugary treats ahead, given that her busy 2014 tour also includes performances at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs in August. Franklin made headlines last week while on tour after publicizing...

  • St. Louis museum to keep ancient mummy mask after US government ends bid to reclaim for Egypt
    Jul 29, 2014 1:22 PM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Tuesday that the Department of Justice will take no further legal action to reclaim the funeral mask of Lady Ka-Nefer-Nefer, a noblewoman who died in 1186 B.C. The mask went missing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo more than 40 years ago. The St. Louis Art...

  • Crayon-maker Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando, Florida; more could be on the way
    Jul 29, 2014 1:20 PM CDT

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new one does well. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a...

  • Bold rats romp in broad daylight on grass of elegant Louvre Garden in Paris, scaring tourists
    Jul 29, 2014 1:19 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they're getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water. Maybe it's the "Ratatouille" effect, with the beloved French rat Remy from Disney's computer animated...

  • Gov. Haley urges Atlantic Beach to end Bikefest, but mayor says that's not 'on the table'
    Jul 29, 2014 1:18 PM CDT

    ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley urged the Atlantic Beach Town Council on Tuesday to end the town's annual biker festival and promised to work to help transform the tiny beachfront community into a family-friendly destination that tourists from across the nation will visit. "Please help us put an end to what we know as Bikefest," Haley urged the council in the wake of a rash of violence during this year's festival on Memorial Day weekend. But Mayor Jake Evans, who has repeatedly said...

  • Vessel operator says whale watch boat that was entangled with cable was in restricted area
    Jul 29, 2014 1:17 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83-foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said it was cooperating with a Coast Guard investigation. Some 17 hours after the voyage began, divers freed the boat early Tuesday...

  • Bold rats romp in broad daylight on grass of elegant Louvre Garden in Paris, scaring tourists
    Jul 29, 2014 1:14 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they're getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water. Maybe it's the "Ratatouille" effect, with the beloved French rat Remy from Disney's computer animated...

  • Let's go surfing now ... in Madagascar, newest member of global surf association
    Jul 29, 2014 12:46 PM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar. The island nation in the Indian Ocean has become the 86th member of the International Surfing Association as part of a drive to promote the sport in Africa, the California-based association said. Madagascar offers more than 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) of coastline that have been largely unexplored by the global surfing community, it said. "It's world class," Blair Rogers, a surfing tour operator in southwest Madagascar, said Tuesday....

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