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  • Bill Clinton to attend fundraiser for Nunn

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will be heading to Georgia to raise money for Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who is working to win a key seat for Democrats this year. A Nunn campaign spokesman said Tuesday that Clinton will be attending a Sept. 13 fundraiser for Nunn at the Atlanta home of R&B artist Usher. The race is among a...

  • Police: Death of teen whose body burned was random

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 15-year-old Indianapolis girl whose burned body was found over the weekend was likely abducted and killed by someone she didn't know, police and family members said Tuesday. Dominique Allen's death was a homicide resulting from asphyxiation, Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew ruled Tuesday. A man walking...

  • Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles. Samuel Little, 74, appeared almost cheerful as he was found guilty of crimes that will send him to prison for life without chance of parole. He chatted with...

  • NYC shuts 9 pre-K centers just before school start

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others. Administration officials said Tuesday that safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve...

  • Centerplate: CEO resigns over dog's mistreatment

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash. The Stamford-based company, which caters to several professional sports venues, announced Tuesday the resignation of...

  • Northern Mexico state approves same-sex marriage

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The northern state of Coahuila has become the second place in Mexico after the capital to recognize same-sex marriage. State lawmaker Samuel Acevedo said Tuesday he presented the bill that was voted into law because he wants gay couples to have the same rights of straight couples. The state of Coahuila on the border with...

  • Brazil: new project to clean Olympic waters

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro officials on Tuesday unveiled a new sanitation project that aims to eliminate the stain of raw sewage defiling the waters of Rio de Janeiro's Gloria Marina, where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held. Under the agreement, Rio's state government is building a 1-kilometer- (0.62-mile-) long pipeline...

  • 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run. Police caught up with some walking along roads or coming out of the woods. Some turned...

  • Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities. That's when Margaret Martin asked how the children...

  • Problems abound with health law immigration papers

    MIAMI (AP) — More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them. The government mailed letters in...

  • 2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing

    LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — One of North Carolina's longest-serving death-row inmates and his half brother are being freed after three decades in prison after another man's DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of a girl the siblings were convicted of killing. On Tuesday, a judge overturned the convictions of Henry McCollum, 50,...

  • Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election. Minority rights groups, voters and Democratic lawmakers are among a coalition of...

  • Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won't allow him to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup. Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women's clothing. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, he...

  • Preschools latest to take on green movement

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free. All the...

  • Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison was in the hands Tuesday of jurors who must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product. U.S. District Judge James S....

  • Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist in two weeks. Ryan had been taking questions from a panel of reporters during a Milwaukee luncheon when he...

  • Switzerland, Singapore, US top economic rankings

    GENEVA (AP) — The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum. In its latest survey, released early Wednesday, the Forum said the U.S. — the world's largest economy — moved up two spots from fifth position last...

  • Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack. "Protecting our customers' information is something...

  • Report: Confusion hampered Houston fire response

    HOUSTON (AP) — Efforts last year to battle a hotel fire that killed four Houston firefighters were hampered by confusion over who was in charge, cluttered radio channels and other disorganization, according to a report. But Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison said Tuesday that the problems at the scene ultimately weren't responsible for the...

  • Sotomayor to receive Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr

    BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her trailblazing legal career. The women's liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced Tuesday that Sotomayor will receive the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal, given to women who embody "the intelligence, drive and independence" of the...

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