CIA acknowledges Area 51 _ but not UFOs or aliens

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades. The recently declassified CIA…

Flap continues over Lejeune health assessment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Centers for Disease Control to complete a new, comprehensive report on the health effects of toxic tap water at the Camp Lejeune Marine base. The lawmakers…

Mediation papers filed in Cherokee custody battle

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle entered an Oklahoma county courthouse without his daughter Friday for a hearing about visitation. A separate hearing in Cherokee Nation court…

Bear run-ins injure 4 in and near Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A couple of run-ins with bears in and near Yellowstone National Park have left four people injured. The National Park Service says a grizzly bear charged a group of hikers in Yellowstone,…

Obama says he’s having a ‘great time’ on vacation

WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s having a “great time as always” on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late Friday morning bike ride…

SEC approves $8B sale of NYSE parent to ICE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have approved the proposed $8 billion sale of the venerable New York Stock Exchange to a much younger futures exchange. The deal is a symbol of the swift evolution of financial markets reshaped by…

RI doctor makes 4 a.m. house call at wrong home

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island doctor charged with breaking and entering after walking through a stranger’s home at 4 a.m. says it was “an honest mistake.” Internist Roy Main of Westerly says he was trying to…

Son of Red Sox broadcaster charged with murder

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has been charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says Jared Remy is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a…

3-day marijuana festival, rally at Seattle park

SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are expected to crowd a waterfront park in Seattle Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the city’s annual Hempfest, a combination political rally and celebration with music, food, arts and crafts.…

US builders broke ground on more homes in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in July. But the rise was all due to apartment construction, which is typically volatile. By contrast, builders began work on fewer single-family homes…

Voice-over business explored in ‘In A World…’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film fans everywhere can identify that movie-trailer voice: A booming baritone that entices viewers with cryptic explanations of the latest upcoming epic. The business behind such voice work is the backdrop of Lake Bell’s…

US worker productivity up modestly in April-June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. worker productivity accelerated to a still-modest 0.9 percent annual pace between April and June after dropping the previous quarter. The second-quarter gain beat economists’ expectations and reversed a decline in the January-March quarter, when…

Students bunk at water park amid housing squeeze

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio university short on housing says some students will start the school year in temporary, off-campus living quarters with an unusual perk: free access to water slides. Capital University says Fort Rapids…

600 homes evacuated as Idaho wildfire burns

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) — Evacuations have been lifted for several communities, but remain in place for 110 homes as crews gain the upper hand against a destructive Utah wildfire. Fire officials on Thursday night also revised down the…

Fort Hood suspect kicked gun from officer’s hand

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Witnesses have started to describe what happened outside the medical building where the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting opened fire on unarmed soldiers. Maj. Nidal Hasan could face the…

Tulsa keeps street name but changes who it honors

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The name Brady that adorns a popular downtown street in Tulsa will remain the same but instead of honoring the city’s founder and businessman who was in the Ku Klux Klan it will now…