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Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.

Driver charged in market crash denied lower bail

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has refused to lower bail for the driver accused of causing a deadly crash at a New Jersey farmers market.

Lawyers for mother of autistic girl want off case

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers representing a northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter have asked to withdraw from the case.

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park A man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.

Drop in disaster payouts strengthens case for reinsurance price cut

Payouts by insurers for disaster claims in the first six months of the year were below the average for the past 10 years, a study showed on Wednesday, which is likely to bolster insurers' calls for cheaper reinsurance. The global insurance industry covered $21 billion in losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of the year, preliminary estimates from a study by reinsurer Swiss Re showed. Second-quarter figures showed that lower claims from natural disasters boosted reinsures' earnings. The Swiss Re study showed that insurers covered nearly half of the $44 billion in estimated economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2014.

2 rescued from disabled boat near brink of falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two boaters were less than a half-mile from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Man faces arraignment in estranged wife's slaying

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man faces arraignment on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the slaying of his 27-year-old estranged wife.

ECB speculation drives down yields, weighs on euro

Photo illustration of Euro notes at a bank in Seoul By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - Euro zone government bond yields plumbed record lows on Wednesday and the euro fell to its weakest in a year against the dollar on expectations the European Central Bank will act soon to counter low growth and slowing inflation. The prospect of further stimulus, through an asset-buying program known as quantitative easing, also buoyed stock markets. Fuelling the speculation of ECB easing, Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Italy must lower its growth forecast for this year, and German consumer sentiment fell for the first time since early last year. "When the (euro zone's) largest economy is falling behind, this is very much increasing the chances of the ECB heading for further monetary measures, above all QE," said DZ Bank strategist Daniel Lenz.

Futures point to a flat open for TSX

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange stock information is seen in Toronto (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a flat opening for Canada's main stock index on Wednesday with September futures on the S&P TSX index marginally lower at 0715 ET. No major Canadian economic data is due for release on Wednesday. Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as shares of Tim Hortons Inc  climbed after the coffee chain said it planned to merge with Burger King Worldwide Inc  in a C$12.64 billion deal. Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.10 percent at 0715 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.05 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0. ...

Local Corporation to Present at Two Financial Conferences in September

Local Corporation , a leading local search and technology company, today announced it will present at two financial conferences in September:

Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bound bodies of two people were found in a Philadelphia river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said.

Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago’s Ed Howard celebrates after his team won 7-5 over Las Vegas to win the U.S. final baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Chicago's beloved Little League champions, will be feted Wednesday, Aug. 27 with their own parade. Then they will assume their new roles in the city as models, off the field as well as on, for how to keep vulnerable kids out of trouble. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) CHICAGO (AP) — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should.

Asia shares higher after S&P 500 breaks record

Pedestrians pass before a share prices board in Tokyo on August 11, 2014 Asian markets mostly ticked higher Wednesday following another record close on Wall Street as investors welcomed more upbeat data indicating the US economy is back on track.

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered along Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park A man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The ...

Dispatcher faces discipline over response to call

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa 911 dispatcher faces disciplinary action because of his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car while playing with a set of keys.

Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) BUNOL, Spain (AP) — The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.

APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

Huge flames destroy vacant house in Camden

Huge flames destroy vacant house in Camden Firefighters battled huge flames at a vacant house in Camden, New Jersey early Wednesday morning.

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, a large size figure of Godzilla in a diorama is on display at Cheepa's gallery in Tokyo. At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. Experts say the chemical reactions used to make old movies stored far greater detail than was visible with the limited projection technology of the era, as well as with subsequent digital updates. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File) TOKYO (AP) — At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.

Eurozone borrowing costs fall to record lows

The Euro logo is displayed in front of the European Central Bank, ECB in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on August 7, 2014 The cost of borrowing for eurozone countries fell to record low levels on Wednesday, despite gloom over the economic outlook and crisis over economic policy in France. The bond interest rates are falling following comments made by the head of the European Central Bank assuring that deflation will be kept at bay. The interest rate or yield indicated by traded German 10-year bonds, the benchmark for the eurozone, fell to a record low level of 0.915 percent from 0.939 percent late on Tuesday. The rate for French 10-year debt fell to a record low of 1.249 percent from 1.275 percent, against a background of the formation of a new government in France following the shock dismissal on Monday of economy minister Arnaud Montebourg, who had criticised economic policy.

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

Contractors pull loose bricks from the roof of an earthquake damaged 36,000 square foot former boat shop on Mare Island Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Vallejo, Calif. The building dates from 1904 and was used by the Navy. The bayside city that twice was briefly the capital of California sustained more than $5 million in damage and dozens of injuries. It was the latest blow to a town that has weathered years of bankruptcy and is now beset by gangs and crime. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

10 Things to Know for Today

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

India's Modi slams whispering campaign against top minister

Modi speaks with Singh before releasing their election manifesto in New Delhi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday denied reports that the son of a top minister was involved in influence peddling, seeking to staunch the type of corruption allegations that sent the country's last government to election defeat. Modi's office issued the rebuttal shortly after Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave an emotional statement to the media, saying he would quit public life if reports in recent days about his adult son proved to be true. "The reports are plain lies," the prime minister's office said in a statement, adding that they "constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of this government." Earlier, the Economic Times wrote that Singh had complained to leaders of the ruling party that a ministerial colleague had been spreading false rumors against him. Singh, a former president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), holds the second most senior cabinet post after Modi and is responsible for policing and internal security.

Southern California prepares as big waves brew

A body surfer swims through a wave at Seal Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Residents in Southern California coastal areas filled sandbags and built sand berms Tuesday to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie off Mexico's Pacific coast. A large southerly swell was expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing.

Released Hostage Peter Theo Curtis Back in US

American writer and journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned to the United States Tuesday, two days after his release by his captors in Syria following 22 months as a hostage of Syrian militants believed to be allied with Jabhat al-Nusra.

Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown

Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown It happened overnight, before the business opened. Investigators say one of the owners answered to the door to find two men dressed as police pointing guns at him.

France's economic malaise: A sense of deja-vu?

-French President Francois Hollande looks on in front of Paris' town hall during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation during World War II on August 25, 2014 When Francois Hollande's inaugural parade was drenched in rain and his plane hit by lightning on the same day, some jokingly wondered whether this was a divine warning of things to come. More than two years on, a deep-set malaise has gripped France as record unemployment, stagnant growth and political instability take their toll on a country already well-versed in what the New York Times once dubbed "existential anguish". "People feel exasperated about a lot of things with the economy because it seems that nothing works," said Stephane Garelli, a professor at the Swiss-based IMD business school.

Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

Dwayne Isgrig pulls his children through the street while taking part in a protest in Ferguson By Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago. By nightfall, a small group of about 30 protesters marched along the street that has been the center of demonstrations since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the majority of residents are black and most elected officials and police are white. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. Brown's death focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.

City worker fined $2K for soliciting two $40 food event tickets

A city worker agreed to pay a $2,000 fine for soliciting two free tickets for a food festival last summer — worth a measly $40 each. Cathy Luong, a borough...

Police: Robbers steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown

Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown Police say suspects posing as officers robbed a food distribution center in Philadelphia's Fishtown section early Wednesday morning.

Japan Abe aide Hamada: Could do next sales tax hike in stages

Koichi Hamada, an economic adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaks during an interview in Tokyo Japan could soften the impact of a planned sales tax increase by raising it in stages rather than IN a single hike, an outside adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday. Koichi Hamada, professor emeritus of economics at Yale University, also told Reuters that Abe should focus on structural reforms and slash corporate taxes deeper than currently planned to boost the economy and attract investment. Abe raised the sales tax in April to 8 percent from 5 percent to curb Japan's runaway government debt. "As we have seen, the shock from the consumption tax hike could be large," Hamada said in an interview.

New French economy minister pledges end to infighting

Newly-named French Economy Minister Macron attends the official handover ceremony at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris France's new economy minister vowed on Wednesday to ‎rebuild trust in the euro zone's second largest economy and put an end to mixed messages and infighting on its economic policy. Speaking a day after President Francois Hollande named him to replace maverick, anti-globalisation leftist Arnaud Montebourg, 36-year-old former investment banker Emmanuel Macron sought to reassure that he would form a close-knit partnership with Finance Minister Michel Sapin. Macron, a former Rothschild banker who was seen as the corporate world's ‎ear at Hollande's office until he stepped down from the role this year, pledged to try and rebuild trust in France among investors and the French themselves.

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."

Top Chinese former planning official 'under investigation'

A former director at China's powerful economic planning agency who oversaw pricing is being investigated, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday, the latest high-level official from the department to be probed. Cao Changqing, who recently retired as the head of the pricing division at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), had been "taken in for questioning" around Sunday, Caixin said, citing sources familiar with the matter. The NDRC did not reply to a request for comment. The news of Cao's investigation comes five days after China's top prosecutor said a former director at the NDRC was being investigated on suspicion of "taking bribes".

Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist waves to supporters while speaking at a victory party after Florida's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Crist defeated Nan Rich, a former Senate Democratic leader who has been campaigning for governor longer than Crist has been a Democrat. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat. At right is Crist's wife Carole. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office.

Arizona treasurer claims victory in Republican primary for governor

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, Phoenix By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory on Tuesday in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has clashed repeatedly with the White House over illegal immigration. With border security issues high on the political agenda, Ducey held a convincing lead of 37 percent in the six-way race after most of the ballots had been counted. His closest rival, ex-mayor Scott Smith, took some 22 percent of the vote. Christine Jones, 46, a former internet hosting company executive, finished third.

Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality

People work on computers at a communal workbench at HeatSync Labs in Phoenix, in this photo made Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores offers a space where inventors and tinkerers can work on projects and share ideas. (AP Photo/Emaun Kashfi) MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.

Former Va. governor wraps up his trial testimony

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption trial is winding down in federal court in Richmond.

Niger reports 2013 GDP growth of 4.1 pct, beating estimate

Niger's economy grew by 4.1 percent last year, beating an earlier estimate of 3.6 percent, following new data from the mining and agricultural sectors, a government statistics body said on Tuesday. Still, the pace of growth in the West African oil and uranium producer was much slower than initial forecasts given by both the International Monetary Fund (6.3 percent) and the Niger government (7.5 percent).

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, a U.S. official said McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office) NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.

Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers

BERLIN (AP) — A closely-watched survey shows economic expectations among German consumers have "completely collapsed" over concerns about the conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine.

American released by Syrian militants excited to be free, mother says

Still frame taken from video shows U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who has been freed by kidnappers in Syria An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, went missing in 2012 and was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, whose rivals, the militant group Islamic State, last week killed journalist James Foley. "He was so excited," his mother, Nancy Curtis, told ABC News in an interview taped on Monday. Last week, Islamic State released a video showing his beheading and threatening to kill another American journalist being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.

California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

Camera drone flown by Wilson flies near the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York City By AARON MENDELSON SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking. Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their "core mission," so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.

Brazil candidate Neves says hedge fund founder to be his finance minister

Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves said on Wednesday hedge fund founder and former central bank chief Arminio Fraga would be his finance minister if he wins an Oct. 5 election. The announcement was made during an election debate on national television. Fraga, a Brazilian economist who was president of Brazil's central bank during the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, is one of the founders of JPMorgan’s flagship Brazilian hedge fund and private equity group, Gávea Investments. He previously accused Rousseff of weakening the so-called "tripod" of economic policies that have been sacrosanct in Brazil since they helped reverse a period of rampant inflation and erratic growth in the 1990s.

European stocks subdued as dealers eye Ukraine

Stock brokers work at the stock exchange in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany on March 14, 2014 European stock markets were subdued on Wednesday, as investors tracked news from Ukraine and shrugged off gains in Asia and on Wall Street, dealers said. In midday deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.08 percent to 6,828.64 points. "Traders are sitting on their hands as they await further developments from the Ukrainian situation," said analyst David Madden at trading firm IG. Kiev said a convoy of tanks and heavy weapons from Russia was travelling towards a government-held town in restive east Ukraine.

Poroshenko to seek ceasefire plan after 'very tough' talks with Putin

Russia's President Putin, Belarus' President Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Poroshenko react while posing for a family photo during their meeting in Minsk Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels, and threatened economic retaliation for signing a trade accord with the European Union. At the leaders' first meeting since June, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko replied by demanding a halt to arms shipments from Russia to the separatist fighters. The pair shook hands at the start of talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk, only hours after Kiev said it had captured Russian soldiers on a "special mission" on Ukrainian territory. Responding to a video of the detained servicemen, a Russian defense ministry source told Russian news agencies that the servicemen had crossed the border by mistake.

U.S. loses bid to dismiss ex-AIG CEO's $25 billion lawsuit over bailout

Former CEO of American International Group Inc, Greenberg, checks his phone inside a car after leaving a building in Downtown New York where he was deposed by the Attorney General's office A federal judge has rejected the United States' bid to dismiss a more than $25 billion lawsuit filed by Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chief executive of American International Group Inc, over the insurer's government bailout, clearing the way for a Sept. 29 trial. Court of Federal Claims said the case brought by Greenberg's Starr International Co on behalf of itself and other AIG shareholders involves "complex financial and economic issues" that deserve analysis and testimony from qualified expert witnesses. "The decision speaks for itself," David Boies, a lawyer for Starr and Greenberg, said in a statement. Starr sued in 2011, contending that the $182.3 billion bailout was an illegal taking that violated its due process rights under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S.

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