Thursday, September 18, 2014
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APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to test body cameras
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.... 9/18/2014 4:41 AM

School district police stock up free military gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.... 9/18/2014 2:13 AM

Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) -- An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week.... 9/18/2014 5:47 AM

Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.... 9/18/2014 4:15 AM

Police trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest
Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, are gathering in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.... 9/18/2014 5:37 AM

Dance workout puts moves on women's self-esteem
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck.... 9/18/2014 7:33 AM

Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact - that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter.... 9/18/2014 8:35 AM

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers
MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) -- While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.... 9/18/2014 6:31 AM

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southern Arizona, but it appeared to spare Tucson on Wednesday night.... 9/18/2014 7:13 AM

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.... 9/18/2014 4:31 AM