• Longtime Lions stalwart Charlie Sanders dies at age 68

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots. Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. And when Detroit's booming economy became the American...

  • Pregnant mule deer poached near Chino Valley, 2 fawns dead

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the poaching of a pregnant mule deer east of Chino Valley in north-central Arizona. Game and Fish officers are continuing to investigate the crime, and the department's Operation Game Thief...

  • House approves bill making schools publish vaccine rates

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — House lawmakers approved a measure Thursday ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes and to carve out those rates by each disease. Oregon has one of the highest rates of kindergarten students...

  • Mother accused of striking developmentally disabled son

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A Cochise County woman is accused of hitting her developmentally disabled 9-year-old son with a baseball bat. The Sheriff's Office said 34-year-old Nakia Brice of Whetstone was ordered held on $200,000 bond during an initial court appearance Thursday. Brice was...

  • John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery. "That's pretty doubtful that he would be the last," said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed Smoltz's surgery. "You...

  • Utah prison puts 3 employees on leave after inmate death

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three more Utah state prison employees have been put on leave while officials investigate the death of an inmate who went without dialysis for days after providers failed to show up for treatment, the prison said Thursday. Department of Corrections spokeswoman...

  • Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring — the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday. The case wasn't related to a recent measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ___ 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,...

  • Montana Supreme Court ducks decision on punitive damages cap

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court overturned a $52 million jury verdict in a breach-of-contract case, but justices did not rule on the constitutionality of the state's $10 million punitive damages cap. The court on Wednesday sent the case back to District Court in Butte...

  • Slate of new Arizona laws involve ride-hailing, abortions

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — A slew of Arizona laws that take affect Friday include new rules for ride-hailing companies like Uber, access to vouchers for all children living on Indian reservations, and a ban on abortion coverage in insurance policies bought through the federal exchange. Republican...

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