• Boehner backs push to export US crude oil

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports. The Ohio Republican said the change would be a boon for the economy, creating up to a million jobs and bringing U.S....

  • Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal." He said the effort by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina to strip him of his powerful post "isn't even deserving of...

  • Traffic advisory sign briefly changed to anti-police message

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Public works officials say someone changed a message on a contractor's portable traffic advisory sign in west Baltimore to a profane anti-police quote. City Public Works Department spokesman Kurt Kocher says the sign displayed the three-word sentence for about an hour...

  • Coast Guard investigating oil slick off California coast

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The Coast Guard is investigating a new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. Petty Officer Andrea Anderson says the oil sheen was reported late...

  • Twitter stock tumbles as user growth stalls

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday, even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue. Twitter is "not satisfied" with its user growth,...

  • Soup kitchen offers free meal for return of Jesus statue

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — "Have you found Jesus?" That's what employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen's garden. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti says on Wednesday that she last saw the statue, which...

  • Autopsy: 'Versailles' daughter died of accidental overdose

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An autopsy released Wednesday shows that the 18-year-old daughter of the stars of the "Queen of Versailles" documentary who had struggled with an addiction to a drug used to control her seizures died last month of an accidental overdose. Victoria Siegel's death...

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation. But the planned debut Wednesday of a TV soap opera dramatizing the life of Colombia's only Roman Catholic saint is shrouded in...

  • Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

    Updated: 4 min ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in...

  • Detroit art museum says 'thanks' to Michigan with programs

    Updated: 6 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is showing its gratitude to the people of Michigan for the state's help in preserving the internationally renowned collection during the city's passage through bankruptcy. The institute announced a series of programs Wednesday, including...

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