• New president at women's college saved from brink of closure

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — A new president and governing board took command of Sweet Briar College on Thursday under a mediated settlement that rescued the 114-year-old women's college from the brink of closure. Phillip C. Stone was named president by a new board of directors, which...

  • Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan rejected Rajat Gupta's request that he be allowed to...

  • North Carolina shark attack victim says fortunate to survive

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest survivor in a record-breaking string of seven North Carolina shark attacks said Thursday he's very fortunate to be alive and thankful for the emergency help he received after struggling ashore. The shark attack was frightening and painful, said Andrew...

  • Ocean City retains title as New Jersey's most popular beach

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — The winner and still champion of New Jersey's Top Ten Beaches contest is ... Ocean City! The southern New Jersey beach town that bills itself as "America's Greatest Family Resort" was named the state's most popular beach for the second straight year Thursday....

  • 'Citizen of the year' gets 14 years in California fraud case

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects. Federal Los Angeles Judge Otis...

  • Ex-firefighter who responded on Sept. 11 wins $5M in lottery

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Carmelo Mercado was presented with an oversized check Thursday. The 63-year-old, who's retired, gets $3.3 million in a lump-sum payment...

  • John Whitman, husband of former New Jersey governor, dies

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — John Whitman, the husband of former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and the state's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday. He was 71. He died at Morristown Medical Center after suffering a catastrophic brain injury in mid-June, said Heather Grizzle,...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ___ US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work,...

  • The Latest on train derailment: 5,000 evacuated in Tennessee

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 6 p.m. An official in eastern Tennessee says smoke has stopped rising from the site where a CSX train car derailed and caught fire, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said shortly before 6 p.m. that he and others...

  • APNewsBreak: New details on alleged Emile Hirsch assault

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A studio executive who authorities say was assaulted by actor Emile Hirsch during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year described the incident as being "insanely painful and absolutely terrifying," according to public records obtained by The Associated...

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