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NYC mayor calls for probe as many wait for power to return

Mayor Bill de Blasio called for an investigation Monday of power outages that came at the end of this weekend's oppressive heat, saying he no longer trusts utility Con Edison after it decided to turn off power to thousands of customers.

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Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the U.S. and states over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.

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City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children’s songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility.

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All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.

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Herman rides President Trump’s putting advice to PGA victory

Golf in Brief

Jim Herman rode President Donald Trump’s putting advice to victory in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

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Arizona in Brief: Wildfire north of Flagstaff leads to rec areas’ evacuations

An evacuation notice has been issued for some recreational areas as firefighters battle a growing wildfire north of Flagstaff.

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More drug users getting treatment instead of jail in Tucson

Hundreds of Tucson residents wrestling with substance abuse are getting treatment instead of jail under a program funded with federal grants.

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Heat, humidity grips East Coast as central US sees reprieve

The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of heat and humidity in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck and suburban Boston police jokingly asked criminals to take it easy.

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Woman who got postcard sent in 1993 tracks down sender

An Illinois woman who recently got a 1993 postcard in her mailbox has tracked down the man who sent it to his children more than two decades ago.

Cardinals place 6 on unable to perform list before camp

NFL

The Arizona Cardinals have placed six players on the Physically Unable to Perform list before the start of training camp next week.

Brittney Griner scores 17 points, Mercury beat Wings 70-66

WNBA

Brittney Griner had 17 points and eight rebounds, DeWanna Bonner added 14 points, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 70-66 on Saturday night.

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Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

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Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world

A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or since.

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Ex-Cardinals lineman surrenders to police on assault charge

NFL

An offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals who was released this week has surrendered to police in North Carolina after a warrant was issued for his arrest on an assault charge.

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Phony Ferraris, ‘Shamborghinis’ seized at Brazil factory

Brazilian police say they’ve shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis.

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Tight budget at home? 8 tips for saving money on groceries

I do not know of a single person who doesn’t like to save money in your personal budget.

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Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe

Hopefully, I’ve caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe.

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Concrete planters are easy, cheap to make

What’s the difference between cement and concrete? In my case, about $9, 55 pounds and a slightly sore back.

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Arizona waterfall featured in Beyoncé 'Lion King' video

For a few hours, Beyoncé had a famed blue-green waterfall in northern Arizona to herself. The Havasupai Tribe says it was honored to grant the singer's request to film part of her latest music video on its reservation.

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Oscar Mayer Opens the Wienermobile for Overnight Stays on Airbnb

In celebration of National Hot Dog Day on July 17, Oscar Mayer gave hot dog fans the opportunity to eat hot dogs, dream of hot dogs and yes, live in a hot dog – by listing the Wienermobile on Airbnb.

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Tick removed from Kentucky man’s eye

A Kentucky man who went to the doctor with an irritated eye got the unsavory news that it contained a tick.

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Nebraska woman arrested, fined for climbing Mount Rushmore

A Nebraska woman has been fined $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

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D-backs tie franchise record with 21 hits, beat Rangers 19-4

MLB

Eduardo Escobar and his Arizona teammates jumped all over Texas’ pitchers en route to a record tying night.

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California officers reunite 250-pound tortoise with owners

A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol officers found it on the side of a road.

Cardinals cut OT Harrison after arrest warrant issued

NFL

The Arizona Cardinals released tackle Desmond Harrison on Wednesday after police in North Carolina issued a warrant for his arrest on assault charges.

Phoenix clips Dallas’ wings with 69-64 victory

WNBA

Brittney Griner scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 33.9 seconds left, and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Dallas Wings 69-64 on Wednesday.

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Arizona Amber Alert canceled after children 'found safe'

Arizona authorities say an Amber Alert issued for two young boys taken from state Department of Child Safety custody was canceled Wednesday after they "were found safe" in Louisiana where their parents were taken into custody.

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Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

Police say an expert from Florida has captured an elusive alligator in a Chicago public lagoon.

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Rookie Young outpitches Lynn as Diamondbacks top Rangers 9-2

MLB

It took more than any homecoming jitters to cool off Arizona Diamondbacks rookie pitcher Alex Young on Tuesday night.

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Welsh street named steepest in world; New Zealand loses out

A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents.

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Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer’s

Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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Man arrested in double hit-and-run fatalities in Phoenix

A 29-year-old man arrested in two hit-and-run fatalities that occurred minutes apart later said he fell asleep at the wheel because he was on painkillers and then fled after the wrecks because his license was suspended, Phoenix police said Tuesday.

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Hot chocolate: 17 tons of cocoa burns on German highway

German authorities say a busy stretch of highway had to be shut down after a truck carrying 17 tons of cocoa caught fire.

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Toxic lake in Russia’s Siberia becomes selfie sensation

Residents of a city in Siberia don’t need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters.

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Thomas blowing in the wind at Tour de France

Cycling

Geraint Thomas and his teammates don't need a mountain to deliver a hammer blow on their rivals at the Tour de France.

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Clarke's double-double leads Grizzlies to title

NBA

Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA Summer League on Monday. Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn the championship game MVP.

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Ex-ADOT employee is accused of tampering with 16 MVD files

Authorities say a former Arizona Department of Transportation employee has been accused of tampering with the Motor Vehicle Division files of 16 state prison inmates.

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Arpaio claims not to be behind billboards urging 2020 run

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no idea who is behind Phoenix billboards urging him to run for office in 2020.

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Harley-Davidson’s electric Hog: 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds

Harley-Davidson is releasing details about the electric motorcycle it’s rolling out this year that it hopes will capture the imagination of a new generation of riders and put a charge into its diminishing sales.

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Doughnuts with filling syringes nixed from Minnesota fair

Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized.

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MLB Roundup: Rays carry combined perfect game into 9th, beat Orioles 4-1

MLB

The Tampa Bay Rays took a combined perfect game into the ninth inning before Hanser Alberto beat the shift with a leadoff single against Ryan Yarbrough, wrecking history in the making and taking some of the edge off their 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

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Fowles makes history, helps Lynx beat Mercury 75-62

WNBA

Sylvia Fowles set a WNBA record with her 157th career double-double and the Minnesota Lynx pulled away in the second half to beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-62 on Sunday night.

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NFL opens football academy in London

NFL

For the past three years, the only way Sergei Starodoubtsev experienced the NFL was by watching highlights of JuJu Smith-Schuster and other players on Instagram.

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Phoenix police seek hit-and-run driver in 2 fatal collisions

Police in Phoenix say a man and a teenager are dead after being struck by the same hit-and-run driver and they're still searching for the suspect.

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Arizona man accused of 2nd-degree murder in wife's death

Police in Chandler say a man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife.

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Police test lighting in probe of Uber self-driving crash

Police outside Phoenix recently closed part of a street to conduct a lighting test as an investigation continues into the 2018 death of a woman who was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving SUV.

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9-week-old kitten well after rescue from car’s subframe

A 9-week-old kitten survived a 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip trapped in the frame of a car.

NBA Roundup: No. 8 seed Grizzlies beat No. 1 Celtics in Summer League

NBA

Tyler Harvey scored 20 points to lead No. 8 seed Memphis past top-seeded Boston 94-88 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League tournament.

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Stocks climb to records on hopes for lower interest rates

The major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending above 3,000 for the first time.

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Police: Man dies after attacking immigration prison in Washington

A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said.

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