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  • Markets Right Now: US stocks pull back after a 2-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks pulled back on Wall Street, giving back some of their gains from a day earlier. Retailers and advertising companies had some of the steepest drops Wednesday as investors worried about their earnings. Lowe’s sank 3.7 percent after reporting […]
  • FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) celebrates the birthday of Tonca, an alligator snapping turtle in Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators in Beaumont, Texas said Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that three men have pleaded guilty in a scheme to sell dozens of rare alligator snapping turtles caught during Texas fishing trips and hauled to Louisiana. Prosecutors announced Travis Joseph Leger and Rickey Paul Simon, both of Sulphur, Louisiana, and Jason Gene Leckelt of Wilburton, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally traffic alligator snapping turtles. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP File)

    Guilty pleas in scheme to sell rare turtles

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Investigators say three men have pleaded guilty in Texas in a scheme to sell dozens of rare alligator snapping turtles. Experts say the reptiles are the largest freshwater turtles in the world, weighing up to 200 pounds and living as long as a century. Authorities say the turtles were caught during […]
  • German shipping company accused of faking pollution records

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Germany-based shipping company is charged in Maine with failing to keep accurate pollution control records and falsifying others aboard a cargo ship. The U.S. attorney’s office says the nine-count indictment stems from the falsification of records in 2016 and 2017 to cover up overboard discharges of oily mixtures and wastewater […]
  • Farm Mark Twain bought for his daughter on market for $1.8M

    REDDING, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut farm once owned by Mark Twain is for sale for $1.8 million. The Connecticut Post reports ( ) the 18.7-acre property in Redding is next to Twain’s country home, known as “Stormfield.” He bought it for his daughter, Jean Clemens, in 1909 and named it “Jean’s Farm.” But Clemens […]
  • Dog that went missing after Tinder date reunited with owner

    LEONIA, N.J. (AP) — A dog that went missing after a house sitter invited a Tinder date to the home has been reunited with its owner. Authorities say Maggie, a 2-year-old Maltese was presumed stolen from the Leonia home Sunday night. But she was found Monday night in Garfield, a town about 20 minutes away. […]
  • Cops: Gun used in boy’s fatal shooting was stolen last year

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a handgun used by a 9-year-old New York boy to kill his younger brother was stolen from a firefighter who was later fired for his link to a fatal hit-and-run accident. The Post-Standard reports ( ) that police say former firefighter Edward “Ted” Ackerman reported last August that a […]
  • Cops: Boy suffocated by mattress on crib to stop escapes

    LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple was jailed Wednesday on charges they strapped a mattress to the top of their 2-year-old son’s crib to prevent him from crawling out, causing his suffocation death four months ago. Justin J. Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, were arraigned on charges that include involuntary manslaughter and aggravated […]
  • Judge refuses to toss conviction in $100B bogus lien case

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal udge has affirmed the conviction of a woman who filed $100 billion in bogus liens against judges, a prosecutor and other law enforcers in Chicago to avenge her brother’s drug conviction. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that the judge found Cherron Phillips had missed deadlines to challenge her conviction […]
  • Stranger pushes woman onto NYC subway tracks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is searching for a man who pushed a woman onto subway tracks. The woman was attacked on an “F” train platform in the East Village at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, the stranger said he was going to push her — and then did […]
  • Bank robbery charges filed against ‘AK-47 bandit’ suspect

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Robbery charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the “AK-47 bandit,” who investigators believe robbed banks in five states. Court records show 39-year-old Richard Gathercole was indicted Tuesday for an August 2014 bank robbery in Nebraska City, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Omaha. His […]
  • Florida man accused of sending child porn to TV anchor

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old man sent child pornography to a Florida television news anchor’s Twitter account. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tells local news outlets that Marchum Browning was arrested Friday and now faces federal child porn charges. Judd says Browning used a Twitter account to follow a Bay News 9 […]
  • Suspect who was subject of manhunt charged with murder

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of killing another man and leading police on a multi-day manhunt through a national forest has been indicted on several charges, including murder. Local news outlets report 39-year-old Phillip Stroupe II was indicted Monday on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous […]
  • Pennsylvania to forgive $30M in loans to Cheyney University

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system has agreed to forgive $30 million in loans to a financially struggling historically black college if the school can maintain a balanced budget over the next four years. The chairwoman of the system’s board of governors says the plan approved Tuesday gives Cheyney University a “path forward” […]
  • Parents arrested after teacher smells pot on boy’s backpack

    HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — A student’s backpack that smelled like marijuana led police in Florida to his house, where they found a small grow house run by his parents. Now, 41-year-old Rolando Naranjo and 33-year-old Betsy Espinoza are in jail, charged with multiple drug and child neglect charges. The Miami Herald reports a Palm Springs […]
  • This Wednesday, June 29, 2016, photo, shows a Lowe's store in Hialeah, Fla. Lowe's Cos. Inc. reports earnings, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Lowe’s not catching the same tail wind Home Depot is riding

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe’s second-quarter profit got a boost from the sales of an Australian joint venture, but its performance was weak by most measures in a vibrant housing market, and its profit outlook for the year was well below the expectations of industry analysts. Shares fell 5 percent Wednesday in premarket trading. For […]