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Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller Police Chief John Miller tells The Sun-Herald (http://bit.ly/1wS5t9H ) 30-year-old Roger Beasley Jr. was stopped by officers last Wednesday ...

A model walks down the runway with a live snake wearing swimwear designed by We Are Handsome during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

Surf's up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. "Sport luxe is making a big ...

In this July 16, 2014 photo, Police Chief Terry Isaacs stands in the hallway at the Police Department in Fruitland Park, Fla. Two police officers at this department are no longer with the city after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux ...

Palestinian-American talks about Mideast beating

A 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Florida who was taken into custody by Israeli security forces during a family visit to the Middle East says he was beaten and kicked so much he lost consciousness after the slaying of a cousin living there. Tampa teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home last week ...

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Rimes applauds skimpy bikinis at Miami Beach show

Country singer LeAnn Rimes attended the Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim shows in Miami Beach and says she was wowed by a selection of skimpy swimwear on the walk. "I like butts and they do a really good butt," she said after the Luli Fama show, which she attended along with ...

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, speaks during interview at his home, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and said in an interview Sunday that he hopes one day to visit loved ones anew and “come back safe.” Israeli authorities released Tariq three days after he was detained and sentenced him to nine days of house arrest while they investigated what they said was his participation in violent protests over the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir.  (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

American teen beaten in Mideast talks about ordeal

A Palestinian-American teen detained by Israeli security forces while on a family visit to the Middle East said Sunday he had been beaten, kicked and blindfolded after a cousin there was abducted and killed. Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and told The Associated Press in ...

FILE - In this July 6, 2005 file photo, James Brown performs on stage during the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. A judge has ordered South Carolina’s attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown. Sue Summer wants to see the diary of the woman who said she was Brown's wife when he died in 2006, an appraisal of Brown’s assets and other records she requested under the Freedom of Information Act. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Judge orders James Brown documents made public

A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown. Sue Summer wants to see the records, which include the diary of the woman who said she was Brown's wife when he ...

In this Saturday, July 19, 2014, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Wally Collins holds a bust of Ernest Hemingway after winning the 2014 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. A Phoenix resident, Collins won the title on his sixth try during the event that attracted 131 entrants. Collins is surrounded by previous winners including, from left, John Stubbings, Gregg Fawcett and Charlie Bicht. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Arizona man wins Hemingway look-alike contest

A white-bearded Arizona restaurateur has won Key West's annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his sixth attempt. Wally Collins of Phoenix triumphed over 130 other entrants, including his son Matt Collins, late Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar. The bar was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during the 1930s. Competitors ...

In this Feb. 6, 2008 photo, a smokestack of an old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco plant frames the Reynolds American building in Winston-Salem, N.C., A Florida jury has slammed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by Cynthia Robinson, the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.  The damages the jury awarded to Robinson on Friday, July 18, 2014, after a four-week trial come in addition to $16.8 million in compensatory damages.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages

The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a ...

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters. The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic transformation in East Coast states, potentially creating ...

In this Feb. 2009 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States near the border between Florida and Georgia. The Obama Administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades. The announcement made Friday, July 18, 2014, also approved the use of sonic cannons to map the ocean floor identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware. The sonic cannons pose real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles.(AP Photo/New England Aquarium) ** NO SALES **

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday's announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs ...

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seeker U.S. Air Force veteran Jesse Jefferson, Jr., right, talks to Arianna Alexander, of the Pompano Beach Veterans Center, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida led the nation in job growth in June, a sharp turnaround from the previous month. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years

Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. But the gains haven't been spread evenly across the country. Some states have boomed. Others have struggled to add jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly ...

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, William Lee Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman kiss during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after the couple's legal challenge. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Judge OKs gay marriage in Florida Keys

A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding Thursday with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells. Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia said same-sex couples could get marriage licenses ...

Uproar: Self-published poet laureate in NC resigns

North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued. Valerie Macon, a disability examiner for the state, said in a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory that she was resigning ...

History buffs? Police say museum's dinosaur stolen

Talk about exploring the past. Police say a pair of thieves stole a baby dinosaur replica from a science museum and took props from a history exhibit at another facility. A police statement says the 21-year-olds were charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries ...

Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga.

A casino boat stuck on a rocky sandbar freed itself Thursday without help from tow boats and returned to its home dock, a day and a half after the vessel ran aground during its first passenger cruise out of Savannah. The Escapade, a 174-foot ship, made its escape at high ...

EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's on-scene coordinator, Myles Bartos, said Duke had dredged up about 2,500 tons of ash ...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2009 file photo, Paul MacLeod stands before a poster of Elvis Presley in the antebellum home and a private Elvis Presley museum he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. MacLeod, a lifetime Elvis fanatic, was found dead on the porch of his home early Thursday, July 17, 2014, two days after authorities say he shot and killed a man who forced his way into the attraction. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Owner of offbeat Elvis museum found dead

A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum. A motorist called police Thursday morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, ...

Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

Now's the time to get moonstruck. Forty-five years ago Sunday, Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. Armstrong's "one small step ... one giant leap" on the dusty lunar surface July 20, 1969, still stirs hearts. You can join the ...

Couple pilfers replica of baby dino from museum

Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum. The theft at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences happened Monday. A statement from police says a young couple passed through the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit while ...

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