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  • 8 Indiana siblings rack up 448 years of combined marriage

    VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Eight siblings who grew up in southwestern Indiana have amassed nearly 450 years of combined marriage.

    Bruce Clinkenbeard of Freelandville, Indiana, and his wife Sally have been married for 53 years, but that’s just the tip of the Clinkenbeard family’s matrimonial iceberg.

    Bruce and his seven siblings have together racked up a combined 448 years of marriage, and counting. Seven of the eight siblings either have been or were married for more than a half-century. That includes a sister who died in 2013 after 63 years of matrimony.

    Bill Clinkenbeard has been married 59 years, but he and his wife Karen have always worked out any differences they’ve had. He tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial (http://bit.ly/2tUN2GQ ) their marriage is “a lot of give and take — and a lot of love.” ___ Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com Copyright © The Associated Press. All […]
  • Sale of Aaron Hernandez’s home falls through

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s home is back on the market after an agreement to sell it for $1.3 million fell through.

    The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/2tFPYMp ) reports that a lawyer for the late New England Patriots player told a probate judge on Monday that Hernandez’s estate has also been bolstered by the discovery of a 401(k) plan valued at about $167,000 and another account totaling $50,000. No beneficiary for either was named.

    Hernandez bought the 7,100-square-foot home in North Attleborough in 2012. Hernandez’s estate is facing several wrongful death suits and the assets could be used to pay damages in those cases. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd when he hanged himself in prison in April days after his acquittal […]
  • In this July 24, 2017, photo, a Caterpillar excavator is on a housing construction site in North Andover, Mass. Caterpillar Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Stronger demand boosts Caterpillar, 2017 outlook raised

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar recorded a very strong second quarter with demand beginning to the rise after the company cut costs vigorously.

    The heavy equipment maker boosted its full-year forecast as ordering activity picked up, sending shares 4 percent higher before Tuesday’s opening bell.

    Caterpillar Inc. earned $802 million, or $1.35 per share. A year ago the Peoria, Illinois, company earned $550 million, or 93 cents per share.

    Stripping out restructuring costs and a gain on the sale of an equity investment , earnings were $1.49 per share, handily surpassing Wall Street expectations of $1.26, according to a poll by FactSet. Revenue climbed to $11.33 billion from $10.34 billion, partly helped by higher demand for construction equipment. Wall Street expected revenue of only […]
  • Philadelphia-area transit agency deals with station spiders

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area’s transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.

    KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2utfAKR ) reports the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has hired an exterminator to battle the bugs that keep dropping down onto waiting passengers at its station in Northern Liberties.

    A SEPTA spokesman says that agency has also been cleaning light fixtures where a lot of the spiders have been hiding.

    The station says it’s noticing cleaning fixtures and fewer dead spiders at the station, but says a fair number of live spiders are still emerging at night to bug passengers like Adrian Hattaway. Hattaway says the spiders are “really bad” and that if you’re “sitting here not paying attention, they’ll be in your face before […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, Jake Paul poses for a portrait at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival oin Park City, Utah. Paul announced on July 22, 2017, that he was leaving the Disney Channel series "Bizaardvark." (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

    Disney splits with YouTube star Jake Paul after TV report

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney has parted ways with a YouTube star days after a local television news report that revealed some of his Los Angeles neighbors were fed up with his stunts.

    Jake Paul posted a note on Twitter over the weekend announcing his departure from the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark.” He says he feels he has “outgrown the channel” and would like to focus more on his personal brand. Disney confirmed the move, calling it a mutual decision.

    The split came after KTLA-TV reported that neighbors were angered with Paul’s antics for his nine-million follower YouTube account, which included setting furniture on fire in a pool. Neither Paul, nor Disney, has mentioned the report in their comments on the split. Disney didn’t immediately return a request for comment Tuesday. Copyright © The Associated […]
  • Florida teen jumps into murky canal, pulls man to safety

    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When a 19-year-old auto parts employee heard screams coming from a nearby canal, he stripped to his boxers, jumped into the water and pulled a 56-year-old man to safety.

    Nic Berry tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that he gave the man a bag of chips, a bottle of water and a ride home last Wednesday in New Smyrna Beach. The man told Barry he fell into the water while walking home from a hospital where his wife had been admitted.

    The man refused medical help. Berry’s mother, Melody Moses, says she’s proud that her son did something “that not a lot of people would’ve done in a lifetime.” On July 9, three Florida teens stood on a bank and watched a man drown while recording the scene and mocking him. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • South Carolina Sheriff: Deputy feared for life in shooting

    DILLON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff’s office says an officer shot and killed a man earlier this month because the officer feared for his life.

    Dillon County Capt. Cliff Arnette said in a news release Monday night that deputies were looking for 40-year-old James Gerald Davis on a domestic violence charge July 13 and were unable to find him at his home in Lake View.

    Arnette said after deputies left, they were told Davis was threatening to harm himself. Deputies returned and Arnette said an officer who feared for his life shot Davis.

    The deputy’s name hasn’t been released. The officer wasn’t hurt. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. The officer and suspect’s race haven’t been released. Lake View is about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Charleston. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday July 24, 2017, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. then onto the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    The Latest: Trump keeps up Twitter pressure on health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):

    7:20 a.m.

    President Donald Trump says “we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!” on health care.

    Trump has been pressuring Senate Republicans to vote on a health care bill “after 7 years of talking.” A procedural vote is planned for Tuesday.

    Trump says on Twitter Tuesday morning that Obamacare is “torturing” Americans. He says “I have pen in hand” to sign a bill and is urging a vote either to repeal, or to repeal and replace the Obama law. Trump says it’s “so great” that ailing Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain is returning to Washington to […]
  • 2 rescued after climbing Philadelphia Ben Franklin Bridge

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two people are under arrest after police rescued them from atop Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Bridge.

    Police say the men climbed one of the bridge’s 382-foot (116 meters) towers to spray paint it with graffiti when they got stuck around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Officers using safety harnesses rescued them.

    The bridge was closed to traffic for about 90 minutes.

    No names have been released.

    The bridge crosses the Delaware River and connects Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.

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  • Alligator bites man several times at Florida retention pond

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida was bitten several times by an alligator at a retention pond.

    News outlets report Frederic Iman was attacked Monday morning.

    Charlotte County Fire and EMS said in a news release that emergency crews responded about 10:20 a.m. after a man suffered serious injuries from the bites. Iman was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital and is listed in fair condition.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating. Further details have not been released.

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  • Man accused of 4 sexual assaults in NYC is arrested

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted four women.

    A 19-year-old Bronx man was arrested Monday in Brooklyn. The man faces multiple charges including sexual abuse, sexually motivated burglary and harassment.

    Police say the suspect attacked four women in Brooklyn between the night of July 12 and the following morning. Investigators say the suspect followed the women into their apartments before trying to sexually assault them in each attack. Police say the women were all able to fight off the suspect.

    Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect Sunday. Police say other charges are pending. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Small plane with WWII Nazi design lands on Georgia highway

    DACULA, Ga. (AP) — A small airplane designed to look like a Nazi Germany-era warplane landed safely on a Georgia highway.

    News outlets report that Gwinnett County police said the aircraft landed safely in the median on Ga. 316 Monday afternoon in Dacula, with no reported injuries. The plane was piloted by Fred Meyer, who doesn’t own the aircraft but built its engine and helps with maintenance.

    Meyer said the engine suddenly quit, 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of the Gwinnett County Airport.

    The Federal Aviation Administration described the plane as a “Sonex experimental, amateur-built aircraft.” The plane is designed to look like a Messerschmitt BF 109, a plane used by Nazi Germany in World War II, and includes a swastika on the tail. Meyer said the design was “just for fun.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All […]
  • Woman gets kidney donation from stranger-turned-friend

    WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother has a new outlook on life after receiving a kidney donation from a complete stranger.

    WBZ-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2vV5eRX ) Nicole Baltzer never thought about being a living donor. Then she read a Facebook post about a single mother with lupus who needed a new kidney.

    Baltzer says she remembers reading about Kara Yimoyines and thinking “this is so unfair.” She decided to see if she was a match for the fellow Winchester mother.

    Several months of screening later, doctors announced they had found a perfect match. Yimoyines says the donation has helped her be involved in her children’s lives in a way she hadn’t been before. The two women are now friends after finding they shared more than their kidneys in common. ___ Information from: WBZ-TV, http://cbsboston.com Copyright […]
  • In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, two Chinese J-10 fighter jets fly in formation during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II in Beijing. China on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, denied that two of its J-10 fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

    China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.

    Spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement on the defense ministry’s microblog that the performance of the pilots of the two J-10 fighters was “legal, necessary and professional.”

    Ren criticized frequent close-in surveillance runs by U.S. planes as raising the chance of accidents, saying such missions “threatened China’s national security, harmed China-U.S. sea-air military safety, endangered the safety of pilots from the two sides and were the root cause of China-U.S. sea-air unexpected incidents.” The U.S. should stop such “unsafe, unprofessional and unfriendly […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012, file photo, groups of home-schooled students walk under the Natural Bridge during a field trip organized by the Home Educators Association of Virginia in Natural Bridge, Va. Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11. (Jeanna Duerscherl/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

    Virginia to test Natural Bridge arch for long-term stability

    ROCKBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11.

    A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Sandy Myers, tells The Roanoke Times the tests could start this week. Workers will look for underground voids and weaknesses in the roadbed.

    There’s no evidence so far that the formation is unsafe for the 2,000-some cars and trucks that pass over it on an average day. But Myers says that after questions were raised, transportation officials decided to look for ways to ensure “everything is stable.”

    The newspaper reports the last known evaluation of the bridge’s structural integrity was done in 2000, after a tourist was struck and killed by a falling rock. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.