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‘Ballers’ Makes the Most of Its South Florida Location

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Miami — Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on CSI: Miami, but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.” Miller appears on Ballers, HBO’s new series that …

Scientists Study Whether Pills Prevent Diabetes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chicago — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Ill., is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 …

Greeks Finish in Close Vote

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Athens, Greece — Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece’s most important vote since it joined the European Union. More than 40,000 people gathered at the …

Greeks Warned on Debt Vote

Friday, July 3, 2015

International lenders owed $270 billion from Greece for five years of bailouts warned Thursday that a “no” vote in a referendum on their final offer for another extension won’t elicit an easing of its austerity terms. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the Eurogroup that coordinates monetary policy for the …

Scientists ‘Resurrect’ Mammoth Cold Gene

Friday, July 3, 2015

No one has brought a woolly mammoth back from extinction, but a team of scientists has brought back a woolly mammoth gene, discovering that it and others unique to the long-vanished elephant-like beasts probably helped the animals withstand the harsh cold of the Arctic tundra. The work helps …

Perfume Bottle Leads to Court Evacuation

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cincinnati (ap) — A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped …

U.S., Cuba Will Open Embassies

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War …

Feds Probe Possible Airfare Price-Fixing

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the possibility of improper collusion between several major U.S. airlines that could have resulted in higher airfare prices in recent years, a spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times. Emily Pierce, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in an email that …

Clinton Raises $45 Million

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton raised a record $45 million in political contributions since entering the race in April, powered primarily by donations of less than $100, her campaign said Wednesday. The figure represents money donated for Clinton’s use during the primary election, although she …

Democrats Cheer Trump’s Surge

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty …

Islamic State Makes Assault Against Egypt

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cairo — Militants linked with the Islamic State unleashed a wave of attacks on the military in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, briefly seizing key checkpoints and signaling a bold new campaign by insurgents in one of the region’s most stable countries. As many as 70 soldiers and …

Church Fires Stir Fears, Questions

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thousands of social media users are tweeting the same question: Who is burning black churches? Fires at six black churches in the South over the last 10 days have stirred fears that racial violence on houses of worship is making a comeback — perhaps as a backlash to …

N. Carolina Sees 7th Shark Attack in a Month

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Raleigh, n.c. — A 68-year-old man was bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island on Wednesday afternoon — the seventh attack off the North Carolina coast in the past month. The man, who has not yet been identified, was swimming 25 to 30 feet offshore in waist-deep water …