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Hiroshima bombing order offers glimpse into fateful day

1 hour 28 min ago

This image provided by the Museum of World War II Boston shows the operations order for Hiroshima, dated Aug. 5, 1945. According to the museum, this operations order was carried on the Enola Gay in the flight log of Jacob Beser, the radar and electronics specialist. The original copy of the operations order for dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is on display at the private museum in the Boston suburbs as the deadly attack marks its 70th anniversary. (Museum of World War II Boston via AP)BOSTON (AP) — An original copy of the operations order for dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is on display at a private museum in the Boston suburbs as the 70th anniversary of the deadly attack approaches.

Q&A on Blagojevich: What's next after request for rehearing

1 hour 31 min ago

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, lawyers for Blagojevich filed a request with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to rehear his appeal after three judges recently overturned five of his 18 corruption convictions. Blagojevich is hoping the full court will overturn more counts. Full-court hearings aren't granted automatically. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear his appeal. A three-judge panel of the court in July threw out five of 18 corruption counts and ordered that the Chicago Democrat be resentenced. But if the full court rehears the case and tosses more counts, Blagojevich's chances of shaving significant time off his 14-year prison term would improve.

Historian Robert Conquest, Soviet regime expert, dies at 98

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:40
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Historian Robert Conquest, whose influential works on Soviet history shed light on the terror during the Stalin era, has died. He was 98.

Winning cities in Bloomberg Philanthropies' data contest

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced the first eight winners Wednesday in a competition that will provide 100 mid-sized U.S. cities with $42 million worth of expert help to make data more accessible and useful to citizens and officials. The first winners are:

8 cities win open-data contest from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time. Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to make its data releases more useful for the public. Seattle wants to use contract data to help ensure vendors deliver on their promises.

Triple homicide investigated as ritualistic killing

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:59
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A triple homicide in Florida is being investigated as a possible ritualistic killing connected to the recent blue moon, a sheriff said Tuesday.

The Latest: California wildfire 20 percent contained

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:45

A firefighter watches a backfire as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fire has charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 residences. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local):

Storage burglary leads to chase in Northeast Philadelphia

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:43

Storage burglary leads to chase in Northeast PhiladelphiaA man suspected of breaking into several storage units in Northeast Philadelphia was almost caught by police.

Florida triple murder may have been ritualistic killing: police

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:42
The victims, identified as Voncile Smith, 77, John William Smith, 49, and Richard Thomas Smith, 47, were found dead on Friday, three days after police believe someone the family knew entered the home and killed them as part of a witchcraft ritual. "The elements of this case are odd, at best," Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told a news conference. All three victims had their throats slit and were bludgeoned with what was believed to be a claw hammer, Morgan said, and Richard Thomas Smith, a Department of Homeland Security employee, was also shot in the head, perhaps to incapacitate him before the murders.

AccuWeather: Turning More Comfortable

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:40

 Turning More ComfortableMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the heat wave will be ending soon and some wet weather is possible later this week.

Week-old wildfire wreaks havoc on California vacation spot

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:39

Flames rise as a fire crew works near Clearlake, Calif., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Officials called for evacuations Monday as numerous homes were threatened by the flames. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California's largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as an erratic, week-old wildfire that has wiped out dozens of buildings continued to threaten nearly 7,000 more.

Building police-community partnerships with National Night Out

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:38

Building police-community partnerships with National Night OutEvery year police and the communities they serve come together for a night out. The initiative took place Tuesday night in cities all across the country, including here at home.

Officials probing New Hampshire tent collapse that killed 2

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:35

Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed Monday during a show by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — It's unclear why after a widespread warning of impending severe weather a circus put on its planned show in a tent that ended up collapsing in a storm, killing a spectator and his 8-year-old daughter, the state fire marshal said Tuesday.

Franco's slam lifts Phillies over Dodgers 6-2

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:32
Maikel Franco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning to spoil Jimmy Rollins' return to Philadelphia and lead the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers

6 officers cleared in deadly shooting

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:29

6 officers cleared in deadly shootingA Camden County grand jury has cleared six police officers of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a suspect last summer.

Son arrested after fatal stabbing of father in Langhorne

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:28

Son arrested after fatal stabbing of father in LanghorneA heated argument turned deadly Tuesday, and now a Bucks County man is under arrest, accused of killing his own father.

Wawa one step closer to beer sales in Pennsylvania

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:26

Wawa one step closer to beer sales in PennsylvaniaWawa is one very big step closer to selling beer at one of its Pennsylvania stores. And if the state gives the final green light, it may mean six packs coming to a Wawa near you.

Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:22

In this undated handout microscopy photo provided by NOAA Fisheries, the algae pseudo-nitzchia, which produces the toxic domoic acid, is seen from an algae bloom sample that the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada collected during its survey this summer on the West Coast. One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is much denser, more widespread and may go extend deeper than initially thought, say scientists who surveyed the event aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. (NOAA Fisheries via AP)SEATTLE (AP) — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

Truck crash ties up New Jersey Turnpike for hours; 1 dead

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:01

In this photo provided by Patti Anderegg, a woman stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike reads a book on a lawn chair to pass the time in Linden, N.J.,after a dump truck struck an overpass, causing a fire and a miles-long standstill, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. State Police said the toll road, which Anderegg was also driving on, was closed in both directions near Interchange 13A after an the accident in the southbound lanes. (Patti Anderegg via AP)LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A dump truck crashed into an overpass on one of the nation's busiest toll roads on Tuesday, killing one person, sparking a fire and causing a miles-long traffic standstill that lasted for hours.

Man found guilty of 2010 killing of Chicago police officer

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:01
A judge on Tuesday found a man guilty of fatally shooting a Chicago police officer after a scuffle in a police station parking lot in 2010, prosecutors said. Cook County Criminal Court Judge Timothy Joyce rejected a defense argument that Bryant Brewer, 29, was insane at the time he shot and killed Officer Thor Soderberg. Brewer was convicted of first degree murder in the killing of Soderberg and the attempted murders of Officers Kim Thorpe, Officer Lynn Casey and Sgt. Jason Kazinski, said Cook County State's Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.