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Leaping sturgeon kills Florida girl, 5

posted: 07/05/2015 3:52 a.m. Discuss

A 5-year-old Florida girl riding in a boat has died after a sturgeon leaped from the Suwannee River and struck her.

At nuclear talks, experts draft Iran sanctions deal

updated: 07/05/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told reporters on Saturday.

Trees tumbling in St. Louis’ wet soil

posted: 07/05/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

The wettest June on record in St. Louis has caused rivers to rise and saturated farmland. It’s also a factor in toppling trees.

Deaths rekindle concerns about using spike strips in police chases

posted: 07/05/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

When the police on stretches of country road want to stop a high-speed chase, they reach for their spike strips. Long and spiny like the tail of some steel porcupine, the strips are hurled into the road to flatten a fleeing suspect's tires, ideally ending a dangerous pursuit in just moments. The devices sit in thousands of patrol cars across the country.

Bush tax files show wealth skyrocket

posted: 07/05/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Shortly after Jeb Bush left the Florida governor’s office in 2007, he established his own firm, Jeb Bush & Associates, designed to maximize his earning potential as one of the country’s more prominent politicians.

WikiLeaks again says U.S. tapped Brazil phones

posted: 07/05/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The National Security Agency monitored the phone numbers of top Brazilian officials, WikiLeaks revealed, less than a week after President Dilma Rousseff visited the U.S. to mend relations derailed by earlier spying accusations.

In Wisconsin, open-records limits pulled from budget

posted: 07/05/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to remove a part of the proposed state budget that would roll back open-records laws.

The Nation in brief

updated: 07/05/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Ferris wheel reopens after 66 stranded ORLANDO, Fla. -- The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction.

Names and Faces

updated: 07/05/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building. The News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill., reports the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter last week to call attention to the Danville home he and his brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.

TV News shows

updated: 07/05/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows: ABC's This Week -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

In the news

updated: 07/05/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban offensive demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's plan to draw down U.S. troops in that country by the end of 2016, noting that the Afghan national forces are suffering heavy losses.

Noteworthy deaths: Mormon leader, critic of liberalism

posted: 07/05/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Mormon leader Boyd Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90.

Best Buy rolls out stores-in-stores for Samsung appliances

posted: 07/05/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Best Buy's alliance with Samsung is getting even deeper. In some stores, the electronics retailer will add a Samsung branded space for appliances.

Molycorp woes continue despite rare earths' glow

posted: 07/05/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

In late 2010, two questions were on the minds of many commodities investors: What are rare earths? And where could they buy some?

Aetna offering $35B for rival

updated: 07/04/2015 4:16 a.m. Comment 1

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the 2010 federal health care overhaul.

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