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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

Police run down tips about trooper ambush suspect
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings Wednesday as schools closed down and the public remained on edge.... 9/17/2014 4:30 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 4:26 PM

Pacific storm blast pushes rain into Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (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 past two weeks.... 9/17/2014 5:26 PM

School police stock up on 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.... 9/17/2014 5:20 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 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the scheduled Wednesday evening execution of a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.... 9/17/2014 5:20 PM

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mars is getting another visitor or two.... 9/17/2014 5:07 PM

Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.... 9/17/2014 4:51 PM

Oregonians to vote on driving cards for immigrants
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- For a time last year, Oregon was on the road to giving driving privileges to people living in the country illegally until a small anti-immigrant group decided to put the state's love affair with ballot measures to use against the law.... 9/17/2014 5:09 PM