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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.... 9/17/2014 12:52 PM

Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.... 9/17/2014 7:00 AM

Big break in ambush probe: suspect's abandoned SUV
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania.... 9/17/2014 12:44 PM

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) -- A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."... 9/17/2014 5:02 AM

Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work - problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.... 9/17/2014 2:04 PM

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 4:41 AM

Pacific storm blast pushes rain into Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile moved into Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.... 9/17/2014 1:57 PM

APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction
NEW YORK (AP) -- The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.... 9/17/2014 12:10 PM

Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 1:48 PM

Cops: No past reason to enter remains-filled home
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) -- Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday.... 9/17/2014 12:33 AM