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Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A huge wildfire covering 379 square miles in Washington state is only 2 percent contained, but fire officials say things are improving. Cooler temperatures and reduced winds are helping firefighters battle the blaze in Okanogan County, which fire officials estimate has burned about 150 homes.

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VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the veterans’ bill is decidedly rockier. The […]

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US consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June

US consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in June at a slightly slower pace than in May with two-thirds of the June advance driven by the largest jump in gasoline prices in a year. The Labor Department says prices rose 0.3 percent in June following a 0.4 percent rise in May which had been the […]

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Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The midterm election primary season is drawing record-low voter turnout in some states, a sign perhaps, of widespread apathy in both parties ahead of November’s elections. Campaign spending is poised to make history, but that hasn’t drawn voters to the polls. Fifteen of the 25 states that have had statewide primary elections […]

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World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010′s […]

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White House reports drop in minors crossing border

White House reports drop in minors crossing border

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that’s down from an average of 355 […]

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Marathon suspect’s friend guilty of impeding probe

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

BOSTON (AP) – A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from his dorm room several days after the 2013 […]

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NASA renames building for astronaut Neil Armstrong

NASA renames building for astronaut Neil Armstrong

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed there 45 years ago. Armstrong, who died […]

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Lawmaker: Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

Lawmaker: Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A state lawmaker says Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border. Rep. Terry Canales says he was briefed by Perry’s staff on Sunday during a conference call with the Texas National Guard and the […]

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Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading his inmates’ orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable, especially because they’re seen on popular TV shows such as the Netflix smash hit “Orange […]

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