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Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday that he reached a settlement with the team to avert a threatened lawsuit over his release, saying the club had agreed to donate to several groups that support gay rights. Kluwe had accused the Vikings of...
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U.S. home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. The Commerce Department says construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally...

Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices. The Labor Department says consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4...

Home Depot 2Q profit climbs 14 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot’s fiscal second-quarter net income increased 14 percent thanks to a rebound in its spring selling season. Spring is the biggest season for home-improvement retailers, as homeowners and others work on their yards and gardens. While the season...
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US won’t reveal records on health website security

WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over “speculative or abstract fears,” the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government’s health...
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Manziel struggles in Browns’ loss to Redskins

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski) Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan...
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Kurdish military says it controls Iraq’s Mosul Dam

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon at his combat position near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Aug 17, 2014. Kurdish forces took over parts of the largest dam in Iraq on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the...
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Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

Pope Francis smiles as he meets the media during an airborne press conference on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans – from the North and the South –...

Tidbit from Rowling: bio on minor Potter character

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling has posted new details about a minor character from her Harry Potter books on the fan website Pottermore.com. The author has written a short biography of Celestina Warbeck, a glamorous singing sorceress resembling Shirley Bassey and a favorite...
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Government wants to make cars talk to each other

FILE – This May 22, 2012 file photo shows a demonstration of a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be...