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    World Health Organization: West Africa Ebola cases could double every 3 weeks

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes Tuesday as the U.N. health agency said the cost of containing the deadly virus has risen to nearly $1 billion since it was identified in March. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2,400 people across West Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea the hardest-hit countries. President Barack Obama […]

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    Apple: More than 4 million pre-orders of new iPhone models in 24 hours

    NEW YORK (AP)– Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won’t be delivered until October. Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and […]

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    Safety regulators investigating Ford Fiesta door latch problems

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won’t latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday by covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 61 complaints about the doors. Some said the latches wouldn’t catch. A dozen said a door opened while the cars were being driven. The agency says one person was hurt when a door […]

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    Women’s prison oversight, new position meant to improve safety

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama Department of Corrections veteran says she’s using her position as deputy commissioner of women’s services to improve worker education and inmate safety in women’s prisons. The Montgomery Advertiser reports  the state Department of Corrections appointed Wendy Williams to serve as a deputy commissioner in April. Williams oversees the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, the Montgomery Women’s Facility and Birmingham Work Release. Federal officials have criticized Tutwiler and the state Department of Corrections for reports of sexual […]


    Silver Airways to remain in Shoals through beginning of October

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP/WHNT) –  Federal officials have ordered Silver Airways to provide service at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport for another month. The U.S. Department of Transportation initially ordered the company to stay through Sept. 5 after the airline announced it would not renew its contract with the Essential Air Service program. The program tries to ensure smaller airports are served by certified air carriers. The fate of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport was up in the air in […]

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    Death investigation underway, Jefferson County deputy used Taser on inmate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP/AL.com) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a Jefferson County jail inmate who died after a deputy used a Taser to try subduing him. A Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman says 47-year-old Ricky Deangelo Hinkle was being moved to a specialized cell after he threatened to commit suicide Saturday Morning. Hinkle died Saturday night after a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser when he became combative, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The Pleasant […]

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    AP: Source says Rice video sent to NFL

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The law enforcement official, speaking to the […]

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    First death linked to California earthquake reported

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP)– Sheriff’s officials have reported the first death linked to last month’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake in California’s wine country. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office says a 65-year-old woman was struck in the head by a television while at her Napa home during the Aug. 24 quake. She did not go to the hospital until the next day when she felt dizzy and experienced a decline in mental function. Sheriff’s officials say she died Friday of an intracranial hemorrhage. The […]

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    2 dead in Desert Southwest flash flooding

    (CNN/AP/WHNT) — Flash floods that slammed parts of the southwestern United States are now blamed for two deaths. A woman in Arizona was swept away by water when she and her husband tried to drive through a flooded area on Monday, and the vehicle was picked up by the water, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said. Both exited the vehicle, and the man, 69, made it to safety, but his wife, 76, was unable to. Another Arizona woman was killed […]

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    Four children killed in Chicago building fire

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Four children were killed early Monday in a fire on Chicago’s South Side, authorities said. Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael Fox told reporters at the scene that the first firefighters to arrive found “heavy fire blowing” from the building’s windows. The blaze appeared to start on the second floor of a multi-unit apartment building in the city’s Roseland neighborhood, Fox said. “We had to force the doors to search for other victims,” Fox said. “We’re still putting […]

  • Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A died Monday morning at the age of 93. (Photo courtesy of Chick-fil-A.)

    Chick-fil-A founder passes away

    ATLANTA (AP) – A spokesman says S. Truett Cathy, who started a postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, has died. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin tells The Associated Press Cathy died early Monday at home surrounded by family members. For decades, Cathy’s fast food restaurants have offered a taste of the South, from chicken sandwiches to sweet tea and biscuits and gravy. The chain also is known for its Bible Belt observance of […]

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    Negotiations for cease-fire in Ukraine reportedly underway

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) _ The talks expected to bring a much-anticipated cease-fire to the fighting in eastern Ukraine have started in the Belarusian capital. Negotiators representing Ukraine, Russia, the pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe opened Friday in Minsk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said earlier that he would sign a cease-fire if negotiators reach an agreement. The rebels say they are ready to declare a truce if an agreement can be reached on a political […]


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