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Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

September 16, 2014 10:42 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire.

The agency stopped mailing the statements to most workers two years ago to save money. Instead, Social Security directed workers to track their future benefits online using a secure website.

Another Atlantic City bust: Trump Plaza closes

September 16, 2014 10:19 AM EST | AP


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year.

When it opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

September 16, 2014 10:17 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

The report by Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised serious questions about the agency's ability to keep the public safe as cars become more complex.

Ohio woman wants playing cards to publicize crimes

September 16, 2014 10:09 AM EST | AP


CINCINNATI (AP) — A crime victim advocate's use of decks of cards intended to help solve cold-case homicides is getting a boost from some Cincinnati officials.

City officials have pledged to help Hope Dudley produce the decks of cards that she wants to get into the hands of prison inmates and others who might have information on the cases. Each card features the victim of an unsolved murder.

Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

September 16, 2014 10:03 AM EST | AP


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a Senate majority.

Democrat Chad Taylor, a county prosecutor from Topeka, threw the race into chaos earlier this month when he announced he wanted to be taken off the ballot, without giving an explanation. Taylor's exit seemed to set up a clear two-person race between the three-term incumbent, Republican Pat Roberts, and wealthy independent Greg Orman, who many believe has a chance to unseat Roberts head to head.

PG&E officials leave posts over improper emails

September 16, 2014 10:03 AM EST | AP


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior officials on both sides to resign.

The emails released Monday show the commission ultimately assigned to the case a judge for whom PG&E had expressed a preference, rather than another judge who the utility said "has a history of being very hard on us."

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

September 16, 2014 02:23 AM EST | AP


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means he got special treatment because of his stardom remains up in the air, depending on whom you ask.

Only 70 of the more than 15,000 domestic violence assault cases adjudicated from 2010 to 2013 in New Jersey's Superior Court were admitted into the pretrial intervention program, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The program, known as PTI, allows suspects to avoid incarceration and keep their records clean if they meet agreed-upon requirements.

Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

September 16, 2014 09:41 AM EST | AP


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.

His first mission? Promote the benefits of orange juice in a country where carb-conscious dieters are increasingly turning away from even seemingly healthy beverages that nutritionists have slammed for having too much sugar.

FBI investigates Missouri officer's stun gun use

September 16, 2014 09:41 AM EST | AP


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition.

An Independence police officer used the stun gun on Bryce Masters of Independence Sunday afternoon after stopping a car Masters was driving because it had a warrant attached to it, police said in a statement.

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

September 16, 2014 09:38 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem.

The report issued Tuesday by Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raises serious questions about the agency's ability to keep the public safe as cars become more complex.

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco

September 16, 2014 10:19 AM EST | AP


GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) — Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks.

US extremism fight could take cue from Minnesota

September 16, 2014 09:33 AM EST | AP


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.

The nationwide effort to stop a new wave of Westerners being recruited, this time for Islamic State militant groups in Syria and Iraq, could take some cues from Minnesota. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to help detect American extremists looking to join terror organizations in countries like Syria and Iraq.

Police: Ohio homicide suspect set himself on fire

September 16, 2014 09:28 AM EST | AP


CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who stepped into traffic and then set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt has been connected to a woman found dead in a Cleveland home, authorities said.

Hugo Ramos, who was in critical condition at a Cleveland hospital, is a homicide suspect in the death of a 25-year-old woman, Cleveland police said Tuesday. Her name and cause of death have not yet been released. Ramos, 28, told officers where her body could be found.

Downed wires suspend DC-Philly Amtrak service

September 16, 2014 06:02 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Downed wires have suspended Amtrak service between Washington and Philadelphia, and are affecting riders of Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains.

Amtrak says in a statement that its Amtrak Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service between Washington and Philadelphia are down because of the wires.

Another Atlantic City bust: Trump Plaza closes

September 16, 2014 10:17 AM EST | AP


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year.

When it opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.

Police to resume search for missing UVa student

September 16, 2014 08:41 AM EST | AP


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police expect to resume the search for a University of Virginia student who's been missing since Saturday.

Charlottesville police Lt. Ronnie Roberts says authorities searched a large area east of the university Monday and found no trace of 18-year-old Hannah Elizabeth Graham. He said the search would resume Tuesday, although he was unable to provide details.

FBI investigates Missouri officer's stun gun use

September 16, 2014 08:29 AM EST | AP


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition.

Independence police say an officer used a stun gun on Bryce Masters of Independence Monday afternoon during a car stop. Police say in a news release that Masters was uncooperative and physically resisted after he was stopped because the car he was driving had a warrant attached to it.

NYer to be sentenced in fatal girlfriend stabbing

September 16, 2014 07:57 AM EST | AP


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who has been attacking women with knives for decades, and has spent half his life in prison as a result, may never get out again.

Lucius Crawford is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday after being convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Tonya Simmons, at his Mount Vernon home in 2012.

10 Things to Know for Today

September 16, 2014 05:55 AM EST | AP


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. HOW U.S. RAMPS UP RESPONSE TO EBOLA

Compromise made in tax hike for Pascagoula

September 16, 2014 05:19 AM EST | AP


PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The Pascagoula City Council and Pascagoula School District have reached a compromise on a property tax hike and the city approved its $62 million budget for 2015 -- just three hours before the midnight deadline.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1u0A5p2 ) it's a tale of two taxing entities clearing a common hurdle -- decreased revenues and increased operating costs.