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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 3:02 PM

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 3:23 PM

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled
CHICAGO (AP) -- 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 3:43 PM

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

Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.... 9/17/2014 2:26 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

Social media sleuths aid gay couple beating probe
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police trying to find suspects in the beating of a gay couple say they got a valuable assist from social media users. A defense lawyer says some of the people sought are turning themselves in for questioning.... 9/17/2014 3:44 PM

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 2:51 PM