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  • Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is stonewalling questions about deflated footballs for the second straight day. Belichick said before the team’s first practice of training camp on Thursday that he’s…

  • DC Fire missteps bring up old wounds

    WASHINGTON — Missteps at the D.C. Fire and Emergency Services department recently brought to light have recalled old wounds for one family. This week, a fire lieutenant was singled out for wrongdoing in response to…

  • Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists on Thursday urged Uganda’s government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda’s border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region’s…

  • Long way from home: Manatees show up in North Carolina

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Researchers say manatees have again been spotted in the marinas and waters in southeastern North Carolina — far from their natural Florida habitat. The StarNews of Wilmington reported (http://bit.ly/1IaAyLM) that local…

  • Kanye, Sam Smith, the Who set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West, Sam Smith, Janet Jackson and the Who are some of the A-listers set for the iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall. Lil Wayne, Coldplay, the Weeknd and Blake Shelton will…

  • Slain senator’s widow sets up foundation to honor his causes

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Family and friends of a South Carolina state senator slain at the Charleston church he pastored have set up a foundation in his honor. The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation…

  • British review of Salazar finds no issue with Mo Farah

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s track and field body says its review of doping claims against coach Alberto Salazar has found no “evidence of impropriety” involving Mo Farah. The review was launched after Salazar, an American…

  • US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for…

  • Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France

    PARIS (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a…

  • Your chance of a rags-to-riches story in D.C.? 7 percent

    It can be difficult to move up to a higher income bracket in the District. It can be even harder when you start at the bottom. That’s why Steven Giachetti at the D.C. Office of…

  • Baby OK after man steals car with her inside, hits tree

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Police say an 8-month-old baby is safe after a man stole a car with the child inside and led police on a chase through two counties before crashing into a tree.…

  • Lawyer: No charge yet for 2nd Zimbabwe lion killing suspect

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe prosecutors Thursday are still trying to figure out how to charge one of the suspects in the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist that has outraged animal…

  • Lion-hunting is legal in parts of Africa despite concern

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the “Big Five” animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment.…

  • Hercules recalling 90,000 SUV tires

    DETROIT (AP) — An Ohio company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 15- and…

  • Virginia State Bar reprimands ex-Culpeper County prosecutor

    CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — The Virginia State Bar has publicly reprimanded a former Culpeper County prosecutor for statements he made to a jury in a capital murder case. The Culpeper Star-Exponent (http://bit.ly/1KzwfzF ) reports that…