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  • Ben Affleck addresses rumors that he’s out as Batman

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ben Affleck says he is still Batman and has the support of Warner Bros for the stand-alone film. Affleck addressed rumors that he would not be appearing as the caped crusader past “Justice League” this November Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego. A report in the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter […]
  • Ohio cell towers camouflaged to blend in with surroundings

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Ohio into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents. The Blade reports ( some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines.” Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb […]
  • Steven Spielberg greets the audience as he walks on stage at the Warner Bros. "Ready Player One" panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Spielberg debuts action-packed ‘Ready Player One’ footage

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Steven Spielberg dives into the world of virtual reality in his adaptation of “Ready Player One.” The director unveiled action- and nostalgia-packed footage from the film Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. The 6,500-person Hall H crowd gave the director a standing ovation and cheered heartily when the first images from the […]
  • Rep. John Lewis leads march through San Diego Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday. About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion of about his trilogy of graphic novels, “March.” Lewis was welcomed with a standing ovation when he and […]
  • US fines American, Frontier and Delta over rule violations

    Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to settle government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers. The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday. The government found […]
  • Coast Guard: Missile test could occur as early as next week

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a launch from the Kodiak Island rocket complex in Alaska will occur as soon as next week. The launch is scheduled to occur at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska between 7 p.m. on July 29 and 1:30 a.m. on July 30, according to a U.S. Coast Guard […]
  • Mother sentenced to life terms for killing twin 2-year-olds

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman with mental problems has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in the 2015 drowning deaths of her 2-year-old twins and the attempting killing of a 3-year-old son at their home. Judge Brad Astrowsky of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced 24-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez on Friday after […]
  • FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, Arizona state Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr., left, calls on Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six confederate monuments in Arizona during a news conference by the NAACP and Black Lives Matter in Phoenix, Ariz. Bolden successfully pushed for changes in the state's driving rules that inform gun-carrying motorists how they should handle themselves if they get pulled over by police officers. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

    Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over. Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits, recently changed its rule book for the road in a bid to avoid confrontations […]
  • Son charged in death of father; body left on couch for weeks

    FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch in his home for weeks. Tyler Swantek, 24, faces charges in Schuylkill County including criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse […]
  • California man sues over denial of $5M lottery prize

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was denied a $5 million lottery jackpot because his teenage son bought the ticket is suing the California Lottery Commission. Ward Thomas of Long Beach says he sent his son to buy Scratchers tickets from a gas station in October. One was a winner. Thomas says he […]
  • Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes. That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten stuck during low tide. The Island Packet reports that authorities were called Thursday afternoon. David Refosco is second mate with Beaufort Water […]
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, shake hands on stage at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., Saturday, July 22, 2017.  The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor clashed at their first debate over President Donald Trump, health care, immigration, and social issues. ( Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

    In Virginia gubernatorial debate, Gillespie, Northam clash

    HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor argued Saturday over the typical debate fare — guns, abortion, healthcare — as well as the best approach to dealing with President Donald Trump. Ed Gillespie, a dyed-in-the-wool establishment Republican who has tried to keep his distance from […]
  • Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination. Four lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Gay rights groups said the […]
  • US states vie for big Foxconn display panel factory

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize. It’s not just jobs that are up for grabs — possibly 5,000 alone at the plant […]
  • Christie OKs law to give schools transgender policy guidance

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities. The civil rights group Garden State Equality applauded the Republican governor for […]