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Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statues of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

Official: 13 killed as shells hit Gaza UN school

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — At least 13 people were killed early Wednesday after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Obama gets a taste of KC barbecue alongside some fellow citizens

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—President Barack Obama feasted on working-class delicacies in Kansas City Tuesday night as he sought to bond with people unaccustomed to having the ear of the most powerful man in the world.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Obama makes stop in KC ahead of economic speech on Wednesday

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—President Barack Obama landed at Kansas City International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, where Mayor Sly James waited to greet him.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Hundreds mourn 3 children killed in Philadelphia carjacking

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of people gathered at a rally and vigil Tuesday evening on the grassy lot where three children were killed by a carjacked SUV that veered out of control in Philadelphia last week.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Fire near Yosemite turns up heat on California wildfire season

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California’s wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Jewish Federation calls for resignation of NRA lobbyist over alleged Holocaust remarks

SEATTLE—The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Court blocks Mississippi from closing state’s last abortion clinic

NEW ORLEANS — After a series of setbacks, abortion rights advocates claimed a small victory Tuesday after a federal appeals court blocked a law that would have closed the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Admiral who coordinated bin Laden raid to be new University of Texas head

AUSTIN, Texas — Adm. William McRaven, whose 37-year career arc has taken him from University of Texas journalism graduate to coordinator of the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed, is the sole finalist for chancellor of the 15-campus University of Texas System.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Massive water main break floods area near UCLA

LOS ANGELES — A massive water line break sent a geyser shooting 20 to 30 feet into the air and flooded part of busy Sunset Boulevard and the University of California, Los Angeles, campus.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Sandy Hook teacher to publish book

HARTFORD, Conn.—Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a teacher credited with saving her class of first-graders during the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, has written a book about the aftermath of the shootings, her publisher announced Tuesday.

Posted: July 29, 2014
10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Posted: July 29, 2014
Tipster noted fugitive’s dog, leading to NYC shootout, official says

NEW YORK — Police were able to track down California sex-crime fugitive Charles Mozdir, who was killed Monday in a shootout with officers, because he was traveling with his black Labrador named Lucky, a federal official said Tuesday.

Posted: July 29, 2014
PG&E hit with new federal charges in San Bruno explosion

SAN BRUNO, Calif.—A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued a new criminal indictment against PG&E in connection with its alleged role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno in 2010, leaving the utility to face dozens of charges, including a claim of obstruction of justice.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Boulder County, Colo., told to stop same-sex marriage licenses

The Colorado Supreme Court took another hand in the gay marriage battle Tuesday, ordering Boulder County to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Former Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura wins $1.84 million in defamation suit

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the estate of author Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who said he punched out the former Minnesota governor for criticizing the SEALs’ role in the Iraq war.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown

There's a delicious moment in "Get On Up," Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, when Brown — played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance — is about to appear on the T.A.M.I. Show, a multi-act concert filmed in 1964.

Posted: July 29, 2014
APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the college's provost said Tuesday.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Iraq and its Kurds fight over oil tanker off the Texas coast

A $100 million bonanza of crude oil sits in a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas, but moving it to shore has become a knotty foreign policy problem.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.

Posted: July 29, 2014
Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

Posted: July 29, 2014
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