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Holmes in court for hearing on expert testimony

July 23, 2014 02:32 AM EST | AP


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man charged with the Colorado theater massacre is returning to court for the second day of hearings about what kinds of experts can testify at his trial.

The hearing resumes Wednesday on a defense motion to bar testimony from firearms experts.

Fire extinguished at ND oil supply company

July 23, 2014 02:32 AM EST | AP


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Williston Fire Department official says a massive blaze at an oil supply and logistics company in the western North Dakota town has been extinguished.

Shift captain Steven Kerzmann says most firefighters returned from the scene late Tuesday, though one truck remained at Red River Supply to monitor hot spots.

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

July 23, 2014 02:15 AM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?

Answers may come soon with the arrest Tuesday of a man that people with knowledge of the investigation say supplied his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the weapon.

Police custody death tests 'Broken Windows' tactic

July 23, 2014 01:53 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — The recent death of a New Yorker in police custody is calling into question a police crackdown on petty offenses to discourage more serious crime.

Critics say policing based on the so-called "broken windows" theory can needlessly put people at risk and fuel tensions in the city's minority communities.

AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

July 23, 2014 01:52 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.

Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Ohio

July 23, 2014 01:34 AM EST | AP


CINCINNATI (AP) — National Urban League leaders will focus on jobs and pay in U.S. cities during an Ohio conference that will draw some top Democratic and Republican politicians.

Vice President Joe Biden's scheduled speech Thursday headlines the lineup of speakers and participants at the conference Wednesday through Sunday in downtown Cincinnati. Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and the heads of the national GOP and Democratic Party also will take part.

Jury to reconvene in Ventura defamation case

July 23, 2014 01:32 AM EST | AP


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors are due to reconvene in St. Paul to deliberate whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.

The case went to jurors midday Tuesday, but the group didn't reach a verdict before breaking for the day.

Seniors use roommate-finding agencies to cut costs

July 23, 2014 01:30 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do.

Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.

Opening statements set in porch shooting trial

July 23, 2014 01:19 AM EST | AP


DETROIT (AP) — After two days of jury selection, lawyers are poised to give opening statements in the trial of a Detroit-area man who opened his front door and shot an unarmed woman, killing her.

Theodore Wafer, an airport employee with no criminal record, is charged with second-degree murder. Wafer says he heard pounding at the door and fired his shotgun in self-defense in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride last November.

SEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds

July 23, 2014 12:58 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.

The idea is to minimize the risk of a mass withdrawal from the funds during a financial panic. The Securities and Exchange Commission may also vote to let money funds block withdrawals during periods of stress or impose new fees for withdrawals.

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

July 23, 2014 01:11 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.

GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

July 22, 2014 04:46 AM EST | AP


ATLANTA (AP) — Republican voters in Georgia will finally select their Senate nominee Tuesday after a bruising nine-week runoff.

Voters will be heading to the polls to decide between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. The winner will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat Republicans can ill afford to lose as they look to take control of the Senate.

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

July 22, 2014 11:06 PM EST | AP


When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight and indefinitely canceled all future flights between the U.S. and Israel after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. Other U.S. airlines quickly took similar action, and counterparts in Europe and Canada followed within hours, despite protests from the Israeli government. Israeli airline El Al maintained its regular flight schedule.

Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

July 22, 2014 10:42 PM EST | AP


MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next couple of days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds late Tuesday were 35 mph (55 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says little change in strength is expected Wednesday, but the depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Thursday.

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

July 22, 2014 10:24 PM EST | AP


When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight and indefinitely canceled all future flights between the U.S. and Israel after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. Other U.S. airlines quickly took similar action, and counterparts in Europe and Canada followed within hours, despite protests from the Israeli government. Israeli airline El Al maintained its regular flight schedule.

Man dies in California after beach hole collapses

July 22, 2014 07:32 PM EST | AP


HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a young man has died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes.

CalFire Coastside Capt. Jonathan Cox said Tuesday that the man was unconscious by the time firefighters arrived at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay.

Obama fundraising amid many challenges

July 22, 2014 09:56 PM EST | AP


SEATTLE (AP) — Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not improving their lives.

Speaking to about 250 donors at a house on the banks of Lake Washington, Obama cautioned against letting those anxieties lead to cynicism and a lack of interest in democracy.

Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to proceed

July 22, 2014 08:28 PM EST | AP


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country.

The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. The state plans to execute him Wednesday.

Attorney: Ventura deserves millions from Kyle

July 22, 2014 09:42 PM EST | AP


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is asking a federal jury to award Ventura millions in damages for what he claims is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.

Ventura testified that Kyle invented a story about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly made remarks insulting Navy SEALs.

Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

July 22, 2014 01:23 AM EST | AP


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington had burned about 379 square miles, fire spokesman Andrew Sanbri said Monday. That would make it the largest wildfire in the state since record-keeping started.