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  • LOS ANGELES— The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast. Shocked Twitter and Facebook users urged others not to click on, retweet or otherwise circulate the recording made by Vester Lee Flanagan that he posted before he died hours later from a...

  • WASHINGTON— Famous people don't often get involved with Medicare payment policy, but a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg in wartime service have joined an industry campaign to block new requirements for artificial legs and feet. A Medicare spokesman refused to answer questions about the proposed changes, issuing a...

  • Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread sold in 11 states because they may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory. The recall covers seven different Sara Lee products, two each sold under the Nature's Harvest and Great Value brands, and one each for the Kroger,...

  • BNY Mellon said an accounting system it relies on to calculate the prices of clients' mutual funds and exchange traded funds broke down over the weekend just as investors headed into a global market meltdown sparked by fears over the Chinese economy. The system, run by financial software provider SunGard, resumed with limited capacity on Tuesday but was still...

  • Aug 26- Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the top seller of guns and ammunition in the United States, said on Wednesday it will stop carrying the AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles at its stores due to sluggish demand. A spokesman for the world's largest retailer said the decision was based solely on demand and was not related to recent high-profile incidents involving...

  • 1st enlisted female sub sailors start training in Groton Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    The barracks at the Navy base have been reconfigured for privacy, but officials say the first co-ed class of enlisted recruits is not being received differently from any others. The Navy ended a ban on women serving aboard submarines in 2010. It began integrating crews by introducing female officers, who already have been assigned to ballistic-missile and...

  • RICHMOND, Virginia— US governor: Arrest of suspect in on-air shooting is' imminent,' police on pursuit on highway.

  • The American Red Cross, a leading trainer of lifeguards, has taken note and added training for extreme shallow water rescues. "We pretty much have an ambulance call every weekend," said Brian Machemer, superintendent of the Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti Township. While no figures are available for overall waterpark injuries, the Red Cross cited U.S....

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • NEW YORK— Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico. Oreo's parent company Mondelez International Inc. said last month that it decided to invest $130 million in building four new production lines at a...

  • DC regulators reject proposed merger of Exelon, Pepco Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Regulators in the District of Columbia rejected the proposed merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco on Tuesday, saying the deal would not benefit ratepayers. Chicago- based Exelon announced in April of 2014 that it was buying Washington, D.C.- based Pepco Holdings Inc. for $6.8 billion. "We found no benefit to District ratepayers in a new...

  • Japan delivers whiskey to space station_ for science Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Spirits arrived at the International Space Station on Monday. The station's big robotic arm— operated by Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui— grabbed onto the supply craft launched Wednesday by his homeland. An identical set of samples will be stored on the ground in Japan.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan last week that allows drones to be flown up to 1,200 feet above the entire state and permits flights at night, a combination that makes North Dakota unique, since other test sites are limited to a 200- foot blanket and daylight hours. Alaska, New York, Nevada, Texas and Virginia also were selected in December 2013...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia residents have been billed tens of thousands of dollars to pay for donations the state's most powerful electricity company has made to politically connected charities, according to company records obtained by The Associated Press. The practice is not unique to Virginia, though it's barred in some states. said former Virginia...

  • With fire and smoke billowing along the James River in Lynchburg, city fire battalion chief Robert E. Lipscomb said the sooner he could get answers about the train from the company, the better. "I felt, from an incident commander's perspective, that that two hours was a little bit long," he told the National Transportation Safety Board a day after the April 30, 2014...

  • Altria Group increases dividend by 8.7 percent Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Altria Group Inc. is boosting its quarterly dividend by 8.7 percent. The increase to 56.5 cents per common share from the prior rate of 52 cents per common share is payable on October 9 shareholders of record as of September 15. The Richmond, Virginia- based maker of Marlboro cigarettes, cigars and smokeless products said the dividend increase reflects...

  • Economic issues occupied a small portion of the GOP's first presidential primary debate last month, a stark contrast from the primary debates of 2012, which focused heavily on jobs and the economy. In Nevada, which will pick Republican and Democratic nominees Feb. 20, unemployment is still high at 6.8 percent. Nevada has added about 45,000 jobs in the past year,...

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 21- Smartphone apps that help people learn languages for free or nearly free, a few sentences at a time, are piling pressure on established education firms and setting the pace for how to make lessons more engaging. Phone and tablet-based mobile products from newcomers like Germany's Babbel, Britain's Memrise and U.S.-based Duolingo have...

  • As part of the three-day visit, senior U.S. and Indian naval officers visited the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, where Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc is building the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in a new class of aircraft carriers, according to Navy spokeswoman Colleen O'Rourke and Huntington Ingalls spokeswoman Beci Brenton. The group also met with...

  • Lumber Liquidators shares soar after analyst upgrade Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A Wall Street analyst says it's time to buy stock of troubled flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators, citing the company's recent hiring of an executive to manage its legal problems. Shares of Lumber Liquidators soared more than 13 percent Thursday. The company's stock has been falling since March when the CBS news program "60 Minutes" reported that...