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Obama boosts Clinton; Kaine mocks Trump
PHILADELPHIA — Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama is imploring voters to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, joining a chorus of Democrats vouching Wednesday night for her readiness to be commander in chief at time of volatility around the world. “Even in the middl...
By Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey The Associated Press FULL STORY
Prosecutors abandoning case against police in Gray’s death
BALTIMORE — More than a year after a black man suffered a broken neck in a police van, the effort to hold six officers criminally responsible for his death collapsed Wednesday when the city dropped all charges in the case that tore Baltimore apart and exposed deep fissures between the police, pros...
By Juliet Linderman The Associated Press FULL STORY
For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom now only days away
WASHINGTON — For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley Jr.’s transition to freedom, ordering that Hi...
By Ben Nuckols The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze
BIG SUR — The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than 36 square miles, California fire officials said Wednesday. Another operator escaped injury when a second bulldozer rolled ...
By Terence Chea and Kristen J. Bender The Associated Press FULL STORY
Weather prompts energy conservation ‘Flex Alert’
LOS ANGELES — Operators of California’s power grid called for electricity conservation Wednesday as high temperatures hit much of the state, including scorching weather under a dome of high pressure over the Mojave Desert. The California Independent System Operator asked consumers to use less p...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Cooking oil, graphene among CO2 capture prize entry ideas
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cooking oil and graphene, a recently discovered substance stronger than steel, might seem to have little in common, but some theorize both could be made from carbon dioxide emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants. Teams from Canada, China, Finland, India, Scotland, Switzerlan...
By Mead Gruver The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S.: Fighting in Syria yields trove of IS intelligence
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is exploiting an enormous amount of digital information about the Islamic State obtained by Syrian rebels fighting for control of the city of Manbij, a spokesman for the American-led military coalition said Wednesday. Speaking by phone from Baghdad, Col. Christopher Garver t...
By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pope says the world’s at war, urges Europe to greet refugees
KRAKOW, Poland — Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, warned grimly Wednesday that the world is at war, but cautioned against labeling it a war among religions. At the start of his first ever trip to Eastern Europe, ...
By Frances d’Emilio and Monika Scislowka The Associated Press FULL STORY
Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church. New...
By Lori Hinnant The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officials at historic tourist spot warn of ‘fake monk mafia’
BOSTON — Visitors to one of Boston’s top tourist destinations are being asked not to give money to what officials have dubbed “the fake monk mafia.” Faneuil Hall Marketplace General Manager Joe O’Malley told The Boston Globe that officials have received complaints about individuals “dre...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California boy to get new prosthetic leg after beach theft
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — A 4-year-old boy whose artificial leg was stolen while he played at a Southern California beach will soon get a replacement. Liam Brenes of Rancho Santa Margarita left his expensive prosthetic limb on the sand Sunday to play in some tide pools at Crystal Cove State Park i...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Think Trump and Clinton fall flat? Vote for Cat in the Hat
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss. He also announced his running mates — Thin...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Michigan biker nabbed after Facebook post about eluding cops
LAKE ORION, Mich. — A suburban Detroit motorcyclist was apparently fast enough to leave police in the dust during a chase, but not swift enough to stop from bragging about it on Facebook. Lake Orion police say 33-year-old Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, turned himself in on Tuesday, three week...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Circus acrobats tie the knot on tightrope during show
HOUSTON — Two circus acrobats tied the knot on a tightrope during a performance in Houston. Mustafa Danguir and Anna Lebedeva got married 30 feet off the ground Tuesday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium. The groom, in a white tuxedo coat, arrived on a camel and clim...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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