Average credit card debt per borrower dips in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New data show Americans remain stingy about carrying credit card balances and are making more of an effort to make timely payments. Credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday that the rate of U.S. credit…

Beyond dinner: Invasive shrimp mounted for display

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stuffed shrimp are decor rather than dinner for some of the folks who have caught the really big sort — invasive Asian tiger shrimp — in the Gulf of Mexico or along the East…

Safety fears spur regulations for trampoline gyms

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Stephen Merrill was finishing his freshman year of college two years ago when he and a group of friends went to an indoor trampoline park in Utah for a day of flipping, jumping and…

Man dies after fall from Turner Field upper deck

ATLANTA (AP) — A man was hospitalized Monday night after falling 30 to 40 feet from an upper deck at Turner Field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. The unidentified man was listed…

Fiery exchanges dominate NYC comptroller debate

NEW YORK (AP) — A contentious decision to allow Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term was the hot-button topic Monday in a debate for the powerful office of city comptroller. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and…
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Amish meeting addresses drugs

Approximately 200 Amish residents in Trumbull County gathered at the Mesopotamia fire station Monday evening for an open forum to discuss drug issues relating to heroin and methamphetamine. …

Japan city votes to destroy tsunami ship landmark

KESENNUMA, Japan (AP) — A stranded fishing boat, which has become a symbol of the devastation of Japan’s March 2011 tsunami, is being torn down. The city of Kesennuma had been divided on what to do with the…

Ga. man accused of beheading puppies arrested

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an Atlanta area man has been arrested after he was accused of beheading two puppies. Cobb County jail records show Robert Davis, of Mableton, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated animal…

California governor signs transgender-student bill

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender kindergarten-through-12th grade students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they…

NC governor signs measure requiring voter ID

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor on Monday quietly signed a measure into law that overhauls the state’s election laws to require government-issued photo IDs at the polls and shorten early voting, moves that drew stinging criticism…

Keita wins Mali election after opponent concedes

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s presidency after his opponent conceded defeat late Monday in an election aimed at restoring stability to a country wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an…

BP sues to get new contracts after oil spill

HOUSTON (AP) — BP is suing the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal…

Hillary Clinton calls for election reform

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an “assault on voting rights.” She spent most of her 45-minute talk…

Ex-congressman makes his prison choice known

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has said where he wants to serve time for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Lawyers for the Illinois Democrat say they will…

Tech in multi-state hepatitis outbreak to plead

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — A hospital technician accused of causing a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis C will plead guilty in exchange for a prison term of 30 to 40 years, according to a plea agreement filed Monday…

FBI releases updated timeline of AK serial killer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The FBI on Monday released an updated timeline of travels and crimes by Israel Keyes, a confessed Alaska serial killer who is believed to have killed 11 people before committing suicide in his jail…

NH tech in multistate hepatitis outbreak to plead

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A hospital technician accused of causing a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis C will plead guilty in exchange for a prison term of 30 to 40 years, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in…

BP sues to get new contracts after oil spill

HOUSTON (AP) — BP is suing the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal…

Review: ‘The Butler’ tells a story we need to hear

“You hear nothing. You see nothing. You only serve.” Such are the instructions Cecil Gaines receives as he embarks on his daunting new job at the Eisenhower White House in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” But of course Gaines,…