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Google exec sets space jump record

A 57-year-old Google executive is the world’s new space daredevil. Alan Eustace yesterday traveled more than 25 miles up to the top of the stratosphere in a balloon and then parachuted back down to earth in Roswell, NM, at speeds…

When parents kill: FBI data reveal disturbing patterns

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Kristi Hooper called her husband’s cellphone on a mild January morning eager to hear her 3-year-old twins squeal with laughter as they gave her a rundown of their morning with their dad. It was the Saturday morning…

Panel OKs bond deals key to Detroit bankruptcy

LANSING, Mich. — A state panel on Friday approved four bond deals worth up to $1.1 billion that are needed for the city of Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy, plus the sale of city-owned land parcels needed for a new…

Uber driver charged in hammer attack on passenger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger in the head with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office said Friday. Patrick…

Democrats pull ad in N.J. congressional race

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — The campaign to replace Republican Rep. Jon Runyan in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District has officially gotten nasty. Republican nominee Tom MacArthur was successful this week in getting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to remove a…

Syrian refugees find a ‘miserable’ existence in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Nawwar Munim Diab is a slender, shy 11-year-old girl whose skin is slightly sunburned from the long hours she spends on a street selling bottled water. She has been selling water to help her family make ends meet…

More than half in U.S. at greater risk in disasters

More than 50% of the U.S. population may be in need of special attention during extreme weather events, with such emergencies putting the disabled, seniors and children at greater risk. Nearly one in five Americans is disabled, which means about…

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to a baby girl: Charlotte

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a daughter named Charlotte, the first grandchild of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky announced the birth of…

Texas and Florida did expand Medicaid — for kids

Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year — for school-age children. Those states were among 21 — including some big Democrat-led states, such…

Mo. police told no bracelets backing teen-killing cop

Under pressure from the Justice Department, police officials in and around Ferguson, Mo., have agreed to prohibit their forces from wearing wristbands in support of the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Justice Department also directed Ferguson…