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US home prices rise in May by most in 7 years

US home prices rise in May by most in 7 years

July 2nd, 2013 9:05 pm by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.

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Authorities urge caution when dealing with fireworks

Authorities urge caution when dealing with fireworks

July 2nd, 2013 8:42 pm by Nick Shepherd

Celebrating the Fourth of July comes with a few traditions, cookouts, family and fireworks. The latter is the most popular and the most dangerous.

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Prosecutors chip away at Zimmerman’s version of fatal shooting

Prosecutors chip away at Zimmerman’s version of fatal shooting

July 2nd, 2013 8:41 pm by Evan S. Benn,The Miami Herald (MCT)

SANFORD, Fla. — Prosecutors on Tuesday chipped away at George Zimmerman’s version of what happened the night he fatally shot a Miami Gardens teen.

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Obama administration delays major requirement of health law

Obama administration delays major requirement of health law

July 2nd, 2013 7:15 pm by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage.

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Investigators to examine why Ariz. blaze killed 19

Investigators to examine why Ariz. blaze killed 19

July 2nd, 2013 6:47 pm by BOB CHRISTIE, MICHAEL R. BLOOD and TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews battling a wildfire should identify escape routes and safe zones. They should pay close attention to the weather forecast. And they should post lookouts.

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US stocks turn lower after Egypt turmoil worsens

US stocks turn lower after Egypt turmoil worsens

July 2nd, 2013 6:37 pm by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday after reports of intensifying political turmoil in Egypt offset good news about the U.S. economy.

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Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

July 2nd, 2013 5:55 pm by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund.

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Egypt: Army to suspend constitution, legislature

Egypt: Army to suspend constitution, legislature

July 2nd, 2013 1:28 pm by HAMZA HENDAWI,Associated Press; MAGGIE MICHAEL,Associated Press

The agency's report Tuesday provides the first details of the road map the military has said it will implement if a deadline it set for Wednesday runs out with no solution.

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Pigeon Forge police chief fires 3 who discussed killing other officers

Pigeon Forge police chief fires 3 who discussed killing other officers

July 2nd, 2013 10:50 am by Lance Coleman, Knoxville News Sentinel

Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said today that he fired three officers who were caught on an in-cruiser video discussing the killing of other officers.

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Gun pulled in dinnertime dispute, two arrested

Gun pulled in dinnertime dispute, two arrested

July 2nd, 2013 10:26 am by Rain Smith

A third party called police to a residence off Forest View Road, claiming a man had pointed a gun at a female. The suspect told a responding deputy that the woman actually had the weapon, had been, "waving it around and cursing."

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