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The ice bucket stops with Obama

The ice bucket stops with Obama

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) – The bucket stops with President Barack Obama. Instead of pouring cold water over his head, Obama has poured it on the idea of becoming the highest-profile participant of the ice bucket challenge. The dare is sweeping the country and has raised more than $40 million for the ALS Association and raised […]

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Wildfire burning northeast of Bakersfield nearly half contained after scorching 6 square miles

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire burning in steep terrain northeast of Bakersfield, California. Kern County fire officials say the blaze near Lake Isabella is 48 percent contained after scorching more than six square miles of dry brush. Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since […]

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Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the […]

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Missionary doctor ‘thrilled to be alive’ after recovering from Ebola

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA (AP) – A missionary doctor who’s been released from the hospital after recovering from Ebola says he’s “thrilled to be alive.” Kent Brantly choked up as he spoke at a news conference today at Emory University Hospital, calling it “a miraculous day.” Brantly is one of two American aid workers who were treated at […]

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US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for any more U.S. diplomats getting in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to […]

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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine […]

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Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.9 percent last month, the sixth straight increase and the […]

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Holder pledge thorough probe of Ferguson shooting

Holder pledge thorough probe of Ferguson shooting

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s been trying to reassure residents of Ferguson, Missouri, that the federal government will conduct a fair, thorough and independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Holder says the unrest that has followed the Aug. 9 shooting has highlighted the mistrust the community […]

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AAA: Nearly 35 million will travel Labor Day weekend

AAA: Nearly 35 million will travel Labor Day weekend

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – AAA Travel says some 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That’s the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over last year. Nearly 86 percent of the vacationers will travel by car. As for the […]

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US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month

US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year. The National Association of Realtors says home sales rose 2.4 percent to a […]

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