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Tropical Storm Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday

ATLANTA - By MATT SEDENSKYAssociated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday as it bore down on the Florida Keys, with forecasters warning it could grow into a dangerous Category 2 hurricane as it nears the northern Gulf Coast. Isaac drew new strength early Sunday during a warm-water crossing of the Florida Straits after causing weekend havoc in Cuba, where it downed trees and power lines. Before that, Isaac was blamed for four deaths in Haiti. On Key West, locals followed time-worn storm preparedness rituals while awaiting the storm after Isaac swamped the Caribbean and shuffled plans for...

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Anti-Doping Agency said it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

By JIM VERTUNOAP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With stunning swiftness, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, he could lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings while the International Olympic Committee might look at the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Games. Armstrong,...

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Firefighters in Northern California are making progress in containing a huge wildfire

By HAVEN DALEY and TERRY COLLINS Associated Press MANTON, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California are making progress in containing a huge wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other structures in remote, densely forested terrain. The Ponderosa Fire, which has scorched about 38 square miles, was 50 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The threat to homes about 35 miles east of Redding has dropped from 3,500 earlier this week to roughly 200 residences. "There's still work to be done, but good progress is definitely being made," Berlant said Wednesday. Fire crews assessing the...

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Authorities say three suspects are in custody in Cherokee County

Authorities say three suspects are in custody following a home invasion and chase in Cherokee County on Monday. HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. - Authorities say three suspects are in custody following a home invasion and chase in Cherokee County on Monday. Police say the armed intruders burst into a home on Amylou Circle in the Riverside subdivision in Holly Springs at around 2 a.m. Police say that the residents of the home reported that two of the suspects broke into their home, and forced them to lay face down on the floor with their hands behind their backs while the they searched the home.  One...

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The jobs-and-economy election suddenly seems all about Medicare

By By CHARLES BABINGTON and BEN FELLER Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - The jobs-and-economy election suddenly seems all about Medicare - for now, at least. Republican Mitt Romney is embracing a topic his party usually approaches gingerly. He is taking a calculated risk that voters' worries about federal deficits and the Democrats' health care overhaul have opened the door for a robust debate on the solvency of Medicare, the insurance program for retirees. President Barack Obama is welcoming the conversation, which has temporarily taken attention from the weak economic recovery. One party may regret its position on Nov. 6. Retirees in politically prized states such...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Oil rises for 3rd straight … – MyFox Atlanta

By By JOSHUA FREEDOil prices rose for the third day in a row on Thursday as hopeful signs for U.S. housing suggested that oil demand could rise, too. Applications for building permits rose to their highest level in four years, according to the Commerce Department. If housing is picking up, the economy could be, too, and that would tend to raise oil prices. Benchmark oil for September delivery rose $ 1.27 to finish at $ 95.60 per barrel in New York. It's now up almost 3 percent from $ 92.87 per barrel on Friday. On Wednesday, oil rose 90 cents...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Officer, gunman among 3 … – MyFox Atlanta

Law enforcement officers congregate at the site of a shooting near Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Dave McDermand)By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A deadly shootout erupted Monday near the Texas A&M University campus when a man being brought an eviction notice opened fire on a Texas law enforcement officer, leaving three people dead, including the officer and the gunman. Police say Thomas Alton Caffall, 35, opened fire on Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann just after noon as the lawman brought an eviction notice. Both men were later pronounced...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 It’s Paul Ryan: Romney … – MyFox Atlanta

By KASIE HUNT Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney anointed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, an ardent conservative and devoted budget cutter, as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, and the two men immediately embarked on a tour of campaign battleground states vowing to defeat President Barack Obama and repair the long-ailing U.S. economy. America is "a nation facing debt, doubt and despair," and a transformative change in leadership is vital, Ryan declared to a flag-waving crowd in the first moments after Romney introduced him as his partner for the fall campaign. "Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem...

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Dishwashers causing fires – 1.3 million recalled – Examiner.com

The manufacturer of GE dishwashers, located in Louisville, KY, has issued an immediate recall for over a million dishwashers due to customer complaints of fires caused by faulty wiring. These fires start instantaneously and with no warning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued the following information regarding this recall. If you have any of these products, you should immediately stop using them and report that you are in possession of such a product to receive information for a remedy. Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage....

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Police: Woman stole baby … – MyFox Atlanta

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who snatched an infant from an Orange County hospital had lied to her estranged husband that she was pregnant and was trying to continue her deception, police said Tuesday. Grisel Ramirez, 48, allegedly disguised herself in hospital scrubs and posed as a visitor to enter the hospital where she attempted to abduct a baby from Garden Grove Medical Center on Monday, Lt. Jeff Nightengale said. The husband had no idea she wasn't pregnant and was shocked to learn she tried to steal a baby to back her claims, Nightengale said. "She perpetuated this...

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