James Garner attends the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2005.

Actor James Garner, 86, found dead at Los Angeles home

By Steve Gorman, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 7:33 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday. Garner, who built a six-decade career playing …

Florida jury awards $23 billion punitive damages against RJ Reynolds

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in …
The remnants of homes that were destroyed by the Carlton Complex Fire are seen from the road in Pateros, Washington, on Friday. Officials said Saturday that 100 homes have been destroyed by the fire.

Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

By Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
SEATTLE — A wildfire raging unchecked for a sixth day east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes, displaced hundreds of residents and left thousands without electricity, emergency officials said Saturday. A cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that merged days ago into a conflagration dubbed the Carlton Complex …

Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest jazz musician, dies at 103

By Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest jazz musician, died on Saturday days after his 103rd birthday, local media reported. Ferbos stayed active long after reaching 100 and last performed in public in March, CBS affiliate WWL-TV reported. Asked if he had any advice for young musicians, he told WWL in …
Casey Kasem, the voice of the syndicated show "American Top 40" died June 15, 2014, at age 82.

Radio star Casey Kasem’s remains moved from funeral home against children’s wishes

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, California — The remains of radio personality Casey Kasem have been moved from a Washington state funeral home, against the wishes of three of his adult children, a spokesman for the siblings said Friday. Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program “American Top 40″ who died June … announced Friday it is instituting a monthly subscription service that will allow as many e-books as a customer wants. Pictured is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon announces all-you-can-read plan

By Brian Fung, Washington Post on July 19, 2014, at 11:12 a.m. announced Friday it is instituting a monthly subscription service that will allow as many e-books as a customer wants. The service, called Kindle Unlimited, gives customers access to Amazon’s catalog of 600,000 Kindle books and “thousands” of audio books. For a monthly fee of $9.99, Kindle users will be …

US steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

By Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from the three violence-torn countries …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife.

DNA expert testifies that victim’s blood was on jacket of man charged with throwing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The fifth day of the trial of Charles Black, who is accused of throwing his wife off Maiden Cliff in Camden in 2011, concluded Friday with testimony from a Kansas estate lawyer, Maine’s former chief medical examiner, two state police detectives who interviewed Black, and state crime …
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference about the situation in Ukraine from the White House in Washington Friday.

Obama condemns Russia after airliner downed in Ukraine

By Anton Zverev, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
HRABOVE, Ukraine — U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airline by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow. At least one American was among the nearly 300 …
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it is likely several Americans were passengers on the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

Susan Collins: Americans likely among casualties when Malaysian plane was shot down

By Jon Chrisos, CBS 13 on July 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, joined CBS 13 News Live at 5 Thursday to talk about the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane shot down in Ukraine with 295 people on board. “The manifest of passengers has not yet been turned over …
Flowers lie on debris from a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane which was downed on Thursday near the village of Rozsypne, in the Donetsk region July 18, 2014. World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

US orders American aircraft to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace

By Mark Hosenball, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an order on Thursday night prohibiting American aircraft from flying over eastern Ukraine following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in that region. Citing “recent events and the potential for continued hazardous activities,” the FAA said the restricted area included the …

Twelve bodies found in Massachusetts storage unit, prosecutors say

By Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
BOSTON — An investigation into a former Massachusetts funeral-home operator has turned grisly, with authorities discovering 12 bodies at a storage unit outside Boston leased by the man, Joseph O’Donnell, authorities said. Police late Thursday recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, Massachusetts, about 13 miles southeast …

Decriminalized pot takes effect in District of Columbia

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Marijuana decriminalization takes effect in the District of Columbia on Thursday, part of an easing of pot penalties in the U.S. capital that has drawn fire from Congress. The District of Columbia joins 17 states that have reduced penalties for first-time violators to a fine and a civil, …

Florida city: Pull up your pants or face up to six months in prison

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 8:27 a.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A central Florida city is banning low-riding pants, becoming the latest community in the country to outlaw a fashion choice that intentionally exposes underwear or buttocks. Pull up your pants, offenders will be warned under the ordinance approved on Tuesday by the Ocala city council, or else …

NY transit strike averted, tentative contract deal reached

By Jonathan Allen, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 7:33 a.m.
NEW YORK — A threatened strike on New York’s Long Island Rail Road was averted on Thursday when the transit authority and labor unions reached a tentative contract deal, bringing relief to thousands of riders who had been dreading a painful commute. The announcement came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged …

Dog wakes up deaf Indiana boy as house burns

By Kevin Murphy, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
An Indiana family’s pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy’s face until he woke up, authorities said. Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping Wednesday afternoon …

Florida judge strikes down voter-approved same-sex marriage ban

By Zachary Fagenson, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
MIAMI — A county judge in Florida struck down on Thursday the state’s gay marriage ban, the latest in a string of court rulings across the United States voiding state laws that restrict the right of same-sex couples to marry. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, whose jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, …
Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter performs at the Valencia Jazz Festival in 2008.

Blues legend Johnny Winter, who was scheduled to headline Maine Lobster Fest, dies in Switzerland

By Danielle Walczak, BDN Staff on July 17, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Blues singer, guitarist and music producer Johnny Winter died Wednesday at age 70, a representative for the performer confirmed Thursday. Winter and his band — the aptly named Johnny Winter Band — were set to headline the Maine Lobster Festival on Aug. 2. “The Maine Lobster Festival is deeply sorry …
Kerry Lynch, center, and daughter Mary Cate Lynch, 2, and Mary Cate's grandmother, Maureen Ryan, right, react after Mary Cate is presented with a school shirt by teacher Michelle Reynolds, left, at Oriole Park Elementary School in Chicago on June 13, 2014.

Girl born with deformities becomes pint-sized ambassador for kindness

By Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune (MCT) on July 17, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
CHICAGO — Mary Cate Lynch sat in her mother’s arms before a class of fifth-graders at Oriole Park Elementary School. The 2-year-old can’t speak many words yet. But she has mastered a bit of sign language. “Mary Cate, what’s your favorite sign?” asked her mother. The blond-haired, blue-eyed child twisted …

Young adults living with parents drive record trend of multi-generational homes

By Reuters on July 17, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in households with two or more generations in 2012, with young adults leading the trend, a report said on Thursday. The number of Americans living in multi-generational households has doubled since 1980. The figure spiked …
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