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CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast
CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.... 9/16/2014 8:09 PM

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans charged in a report Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 8:01 PM

Police: Barracks ambush suspect sought mass murder
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforcement officers and commit mass murder, state police said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 6:52 PM

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.... 9/16/2014 4:16 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 detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations overseas.... 9/16/2014 8:03 PM

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows.... 9/16/2014 7:32 PM

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.... 9/16/2014 4:14 PM

New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The supervisor drew his finger in a slashing motion moments after the final hand of blackjack had been dealt at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.... 9/16/2014 7:16 PM

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters mopped up Tuesday around the smoldering remains of 100 structures, most of them homes, after a wind-driven wildfire raced through a hillside neighborhood and forced more than 1,000 people to flee this small town near the Oregon border.... 9/16/2014 7:08 PM

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.... 9/16/2014 7:05 PM