A great white shark is pictured in the Eastern North Pacific in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Kevin Weng, University of Hawaii.

Great white shark bites swimmer in Southern California

By Reuters on July 06, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — A 7-foot great white shark bit a swimmer off the coast near Manhattan Beach in Southern California on Saturday, leaving the man with moderate injuries, a fire department official said. The shark bit the long-distance swimmer in the upper torso and immediately released him, said Inspector Rick …
Real estate agent Robert McActor uses a drone to make videos of exteriors of the homes he has listed in Fallston, Maryland, in this May 2014 file photo.

US moves toward opening skies for commercial drones

By Alwyn Scott and Jennifer Saba, Reuters on July 06, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
SEATTLE — The U.S. air safety regulator is drafting rules to permit small drones to be used for commercial purposes, a step toward allowing remote-control planes and helicopters to be deployed for everything from TV news coverage to monitoring crops. Media companies, energy companies, farmers and other groups have been …

US is world’s biggest oil producer

By Grant Smith, Bloomberg on July 06, 2014, at 6:17 a.m.
LONDON — The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all …

Richard Mellon Scaife, conservative billionaire, dies at 82

By David DeKok, Reuters on July 06, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh area billionaire who helped finance the rise of the conservative movement in America in the late 20th century, died on Friday at his home, his lawyer said. The death of Scaife, 82, was reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where he was the …

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for US — 2 German politicians

By Reuters on July 06, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
BERLIN — German authorities have arrested a German man employed by the country’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) on suspicion of spying for the United States, two politicians with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor’s office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had …

One critical after seven shot in Indianapolis nightclub district

By Reuters on July 05, 2014, at 7:43 p.m.
Seven people were shot and wounded, one critically, early Saturday in an Indianapolis nightclub district after an argument broke out between two people, police said. No suspects were in custody and the shooting remained under investigation, according to a Twitter posting from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The 2:20 a.m. …
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a symposium on advancing Afghan women at Georgetown University in Washington in this November 15, 2013, file photo.

Clinton says speaking fees went to foundation

By Wesley Lowery, Washington Post on July 05, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
Hillary Rodham Clinton told ABC News on Friday she has donated all the money she was paid for speeches on college campuses during the past year and a half to her family’s foundation. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing …

Conjoined Ohio twins, 62, mark a milestone by living longer than Chang and Eng

By Kim Palmer, Reuters on July 05, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
CLEVELAND — The world’s oldest conjoined twins plan to celebrate surpassing the life span of the original “Siamese Twins” on Saturday with a celebration in Ohio. Donnie and Ronnie Galyon turn 62 years, 8 months and 8 days old, thereby outliving Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who lived from …

Four children die in Philadelphia row house fire

By Daniel Kelley, Reuters on July 05, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Four children died when a fast-moving fire ripped through row houses in a tightly packed Philadelphia neighborhood early Saturday, officials said. “This is a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia,” Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer told reporters. “We lost four children today.” All of the children who …
The community of Harmony, Minn., with just more than 1,000 residents, began offering rebates to try to counter the loss of young professionals to other communities.

Small Minnesota town will pay up to $12,000 for new residents

By Jenna Ross, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on July 05, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
HARMONY, Minnesota — In an empty, grassy lot bordered by cornfields stands a red sign: “Up to $12,000 CASH to Build in Harmony!” This southeastern Minnesota city, population 1,020, wants you to live here. So much so that it will pay you $5,000 to $12,000 if you build a house. …
Residents and protestors attend a town hall meeting to discuss the processing of undocumented immigrants in Murrieta, California July 2, 2014.

Protesters gather, await arrival of undocumented immigrants in California

By Alicia Avila, Reuters on July 04, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.
MURRIETA, California — Immigration demonstrations intensified in a southern California town on Friday as protesters filled a desolate road to a U.S. Customs and Border Station to await the arrival of undocumented Central American families for processing. Protesters on both sides of the immigration issue flocked to Murrieta, California, where …
Members of the U.S. military and military spouses recite the Oath of Allegiance to become naturalized U.S. citizens during a ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House.

On July Fourth holiday, Obama urges immigration overhaul

By Steve Holland, Reuters on July 04, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told Americans on the Independence Day holiday on Friday that welcoming immigrants to the U.S. is “central to our way of life” as he made an impassioned argument for a new immigration policy. “We have to fix our immigration system, which is broken, and pass …
Former Bangor resident George Shea, CEO of Major League Eating, points to men's division winner Joey Chestnut, who was celebrating his win after the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Hot dogs gobbled, small-town parades cheered to mark soggy Fourth of July

By Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters on July 04, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
NEW YORK — Hot dog eating champs, backyard picnickers and small-town parade lovers pressed on with Fourth of July celebrations, some with less sizzle after wet weather on the East Coast postponed fireworks shows. Hurricane Arthur dampened many Independence Day plans but didn’t wash out the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth …

Surge of earthquakes in heartland prompts scientists to unearth cause

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau on July 04, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Months after the prairie began to shake, scientists still struggle to explain a surge in Kansas earthquakes that appears connected to increased fracking. The Kansas quakes are part of a major escalation in earthquakes that have struck the nation’s heartland in the wake of the oil and gas …

Vaccine expert J. Anthony Morris dies at 95

By Bart Barnes, Washington Post on July 04, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — J. Anthony Morris, a federal vaccine specialist who was forced into retirement after public disagreements with superior officers over the efficiency of federal vaccine programs and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines, died May 31 at a health care center in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was 95. The cause was …
Third Marine Aircraft Wing's first F-35B arrives on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma flightline, in Yuma, Arizona, in this U.S. Marine Corps handout photo taken November 16, 2012.

US grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

By Andrea Shalal, Reuters on July 04, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane’s single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Pratt & Whitney builds the F-35 engines at its …

High-tech firms focus on energy efficiency to confront climate change

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau on July 03, 2014, at 10:41 p.m.
WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama pushes ahead on a strategy for confronting climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down the thermostat. Silicon Valley sees dollar signs. Long overshadowed …
A United Airlines plane lands at Bangor International Airport in this June 2014 file photo.

Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer

By Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg on July 03, 2014, at 10:04 p.m.
Air travelers are paying more to fly in the U.S. this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period. Carriers are offering fewer flights, have dropped routes to certain cities and in some cases are flying smaller …

Lawyers for former Connecticut governor seek dismissal of campaign charges

By Richard Weizel, Reuters on July 03, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
NEW HAVEN — Attorneys for former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, forced to resign a decade ago for corruption, have asked that new campaign finance violation charges he faces be dismissed on grounds they are unconstitutional. Rowland was indicted in April on seven charges including conspiracy and falsifying records that accuse …

Kenny Kingston, self-proclaimed ‘psychic to the stars,’ dies at 87

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times on July 03, 2014, at 9:52 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Kenny Kingston, the self-described “psychic to the stars” who claimed numerous celebrity clients — and said that he could communicate with dead ones — died Monday at home in Studio City. He was 87. The cause was cardiovascular disease, said his longtime partner Valerie Porter. Kingston was …
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