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Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.

10 Things to Know for Today

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

An Ohio lawmaker wants to create a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of LeBron James.

Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions — but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.

Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack.

Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

| |Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and "take care of my guys."

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The Associated Press-GfK poll on foreign policy and President Barack Obama's approval ratings was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 24-28. It is based on online interviews of 1,044 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Dow has worst drop since February: What happened?

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 317 points on Thursday, wiping out its gain for the year. It was the biggest drop since February and gave the index a loss for July after five straight months of gains. Here are some questions and answers about the sell-off and what might come next.

Yosemite wildfire weakened, evacuations to end

|Friday, Aug. 01, 2014

A day of big firefighting gains against a wildfire in Yosemite National Park means the last evacuations will soon end and threats to a rare grove of giant sequoias will shrink further.