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Local fire departments work the scene of a fire at the Sunset Mini Mart convenience store in Sunset, La., where a suspect drove into the front facade of the building before a standoff with the police Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The man barricaded himself in the store following a fatal incident. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Chief: Stabbing suspect who killed officer was cop's cousin

The man accused of stabbing two sisters and killing a Louisiana police officer with his own gun then barricading himself inside a convenience store was a cousin of the slain officer, officials said. Harrison Lee Riley Jr. had stabbed the two women, who were trying to protect his wife during ...

US stocks rise after Chinese market surges

U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday extended their recovery from a sharp sell-off that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy. Investors were encouraged by a surge in Chinese stocks. China's main stock index logged its biggest gain in eight weeks. There was also good ...

Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

A Kentucky clerk's office on Thursday again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country two months ago. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses, citing her Christian ...

Stephanie Gray attends a vigil for journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were killed during a shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire during a live on-air interview for WDBJ, killing the two journalists Wednesday. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance via AP)

Slain TV reporter, cameraman were eager young journalists

Alison Parker seemed destined for the anchor chair. Adam Ward was upbeat, the kind of cameraman everyone wanted to work with in the wee hours of the morning. The two young journalists were killed on live television Wednesday by a disgruntled former reporter they once worked with at WDBJ-TV. They ...

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.84 percent from 3.93 ...

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, left, hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings

A day after two journalists were slain on live television, their colleagues at a Virginia morning newscast returned to the air with memories, tears and a determination to carry on the victims' dedication to the news. The emotional crescendo of WDBJ-TV's "Mornin'" show on Thursday came when two anchors and ...

The Latest: Closing arguments begin in prep school rape case

The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Closing arguments have begun in the case of a recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school ...

'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it

A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed. The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/1KOm9FS ) reports that Bradley and Penny Mason bought the house in Meyersdale ...

In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo provided by KUSA-TV, expectant mother Amber McCullough is pictured during an interview with Colorado's KUSA-TV, a day before she was to give birth to conjoined twins in Aurora, Colo. McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado by C-section on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hospital officials said Wednesday they had no update on the surgery. (KUSA-TV Photo via AP)

Woman to give birth to conjoined twins in Colorado

An expectant mother of conjoined twins in Colorado has been told by doctors one of her babies won't survive, but she's hopeful the other can be saved. Amber McCullough, of Hastings, Minnesota, was scheduled to have a cesarean section to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at ...

Freeport-McMoRan lowering spending, production, cutting jobs

Copper producer Freeport-McMoRan Inc. is lowering its spending and production as it deals with declining copper prices and soft economic conditions worldwide. It plans to cut about 10 percent of employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. Shares gained more than 6 percent before Thursday's market open. Freeport-McMoRan said that ...

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, smiles as he crosses the finish line with South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana after their men's 200m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The Latest: After 200 victory, cameraman takes Bolt down

The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 9:45 p.m. Shortly after winning another 200-meter race at the world championships, Usain Bolt was accidentally taken down by a clumsy cameraman on a two-wheel vehicle. With Bolt taking in the adoration of the crowd at the Bird's Nest, ...

Children's Museum of Manhattan features NYC's sights, sounds

An upcoming installation at the Children's Museum of Manhattan invites kids to explore the sounds, sights and flavors of New York City. Young visitors will play-act parallel parking, driving a taxi and writing a parking ticket inside an interactive 3,000-square-foot gallery. They can pretend to be a construction worker by ...

List limits booze sales for Illinois city's habitual drunks

The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication. Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://trib.in/1IhxoVp ) that includes people ...

Dennis Godfrey, with the Great Basin Incident Management Team 4, walks across a bridge from the Gorge Powerhouse, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, near Newhalem, Wash. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes Wednesday that had been fighting the fires. (Mark Mulligan/The Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Smoke grounds aircraft battling some Washington wildfires

Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range grounded helicopters and airplanes that have been battling the flames in Washington state. The dense smoke also was causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines. In Spokane County, which has nearly 500,000 residents, the air quality was ...

FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, workers harvest early apples at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

US economy likely grew more in spring than first estimated

The U.S. economy likely gained more momentum in the spring than the government previously estimated. The question now is whether shrunken global stock markets and a sharp slowdown in China will weaken the economy in coming months. The Commerce Department on Thursday will update its estimate of the economy's growth, ...

FILE -  In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies guard the entrance to Woods Canyon Road near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed after their engine rushed up a steep gravel road and crashed down a 40-foot embankment near the mountain town of Twisp. Before they could escape, they were overrun by flames. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Documents: Winds shifted minutes before firefighters killed

Seven minutes after a deputy radioed that the wind from a growing wildfire had shifted direction, dispatchers got a second call: A burn victim needed an ambulance. Five minutes later, another caller said several firefighters were trapped. Within the span of 12 minutes, the wildfire in Washington state went from ...

Pamela Cook, of Roanoke, Va., delivers flowers to WDBJ's Digital Broadcast Center after hearing news of a shooting involving two of the news team members, in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. A WDBJ- TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Emotional newscast after shooting that shocked millions

One day after the on-air killings of reporter and a cameraman shocked millions across the country, the grieving staff at WDBJ-TV came together Thursday for an emotional broadcast of its "Mornin'" show. At 6:45 a.m. — the time of the shooting that took the lives of reporter Alison Parker and ...

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, with exercise rider George Alvarez up, works out at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. American Pharoah is the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a 10-horse field for Saturday's Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

American Pharoah gets 1st look at Saratoga Race Course

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has taken his first trip around Saratoga Race Course, galloping a mile in preparation for Saturday's Travers Stakes. American Pharoah walked onto the track about 6:40 a.m. Thursday. After a quick, smooth trip under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez, American Pharoah was on his way back ...

US economy surged at 3.7 percent rate in April-June quarter

The U.S. economy posted a much bigger rebound in growth during the spring than previously reported, thanks to improvements in a number of areas including consumer spending and business investment. The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, more than a percentage point greater ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, a job seeker fills out an employment application during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Applications for US jobless aid drop to very low 271,000

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off few workers. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 1,000 ...

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