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Last Update on July 02, 2015 09:10 GMT

CHURCH OF CANNABIS INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There was no holy smoke -- at Indianapolis' First Church of Cannabis. About two dozen police officers kept watch over the inaugural service yesterday, after authorities threatened to arrest congregants who smoked pot there. Still, the lack of marijuana didn't seem to be too much of a buzz kill. Congregants danced to reggae and funk, passing and puffing from imaginary joints. A mural mimicking Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel fresco was painted on a wall behind them -- but instead of God's hand reaching out to man, the image shows God offering mankind a big joint. The church was formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law. Members are hoping to legalize marijuana in the state as a religious liberty.

DIAMONDBACKS-MCCAIN FOUL BALL

PHOENIX (AP) -- Senator John McCain is blaming glaring sunlight for his failure to catch a foul ball that fell onto his lap at an Arizona Diamondbacks game Tuesday night. The foul by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins landed in the seats, took a big bounce and caromed into McCain's lap. He wasn't able to react fast enough, throwing his hands up in disgust as the ball rolled back toward the field. A fan tried to give McCain the ball, but he waved it off. McCain explained the botched catch in a tweet the next day.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-BRITNEY SPEARS

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Donate baby one more time? One of Louisiana's candidates for governor is trying to draw campaign donors with a Britney Spears ticket giveaway and backing from the superstar's mom. State Rep. John Bel Edwards, one of four major gubernatorial candidates and the only Democrat, has released a fundraising email touting the Lynne Spears endorsement. In the email, the Edwards campaign offers people who donate $50 a chance to win a trip to see Britney Spears live in Las Vegas.

STOLEN TOILET PAPER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The T-P is M-I-A. After a citywide effort to collect toilet paper for charity in Springfield, Illinois -- 10,000 rolls have gone missing. Officials with the St. Martin de Porres Center say someone took the toilet paper from a locked trailer. Volunteers collected thousands of rolls after the food pantry reported it hadn't been able to distribute toilet paper for five years because it is too expensive. But there is some good news -- a local grocery store says it will replace the stolen rolls for free.


Science & Tech News

Last Update on July 02, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: MAINE CREWS USE DRONE TO RESCUE 2 BOYS FROM RAGING RIVER

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) -- Officials in Maine have used a drone to deliver a lifejacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river.

Two boys needed rescuing after their tube overturned in the Little Androscoggin River. Only one was wearing a lifejacket.

Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma tells WGME (http://bit.ly/1U8y2hC ) that before attempting a rescue, crews wanted to get a lifejacket to the boy without one.

Roma said they used a drone to get a line to the boys so they could pull the lifejacket to them.

With both boys safely in lifejackets, two rescuers paddled out to them. They rescued the younger boy first, then came back for the teenager.

Both boys were uninjured.

IN THE NEWS: AGENTS CHARGED-SILK ROAD

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A former undercover federal agent pleaded guilty to extortion and related charges after acknowledging he channeled more than $700,000 in digital currency from the Silk Road online drug bazaar he was investigating.

In addition to extortion, Carl Force also pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering and obstruction of justice.

The 46-year-old Force was tasked with masquerading as a drug dealer and establishing communications with Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht, who was recently sentenced to life in prison. After he infiltrated the website, Force sold Ulbricht information about the Silk Road investigation.

Force faces a maximum 20 years in prison when sentenced in October.

Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges earlier also agreed to plead guilty to theft charges stemming from his separate involvement in siphoning funds from Silk Road.


National/International News

Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
July 02, 2015 07:49 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June.

Economists surveyed by the data firm FactSet believe employers added 233,000 jobs in June and that the jobless rate dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May. The federal government releases unemployment figures this morning.

For the first five months of 2015, monthly job growth has averaged 217,000, a healthy streak that is steadily absorbing the unemployed as well as part-time workers looking for more hours.

The job gains are also showing tentative signs of finally forcing up wages, which have remained stagnant for many Americans during the 6-year-old economic recovery. Pay is now rising for some because employers have been forced to offer higher wages to attract qualified employees.

Those trends have raised economists' expectations that the Fed will soon raise the key short-term rate it controls in September or, if not, in December.


The Latest on Philippines: US man on board tried to help
July 02, 2015 08:50 GMT

By The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Among the 173 passengers were at least three Americans and a Canadian who were rescued Thursday.

Lawrence Drake, 48 years old, of Rochester, New York, said he was able to revive a woman who wasn't breathing while they were in the water via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

He says he is a retired firefighter and emergency medical technician. He says he also saved an 8-year-old boy and the woman's pregnant daughter.

He says he saw at least 7 bodies floating in the water, including two children.

Drake is married to a Filipino. His wife was traveling with him from Ormoc to Camotes along with her mother. They too survived by swimming out of the boat after it overturned.

4:30 p.m.

Survivors tell The Associated Press by cellphone that the bow of the ferry suddenly rose from the waters before the vessel flipped over on one side and began to sink near the port of Ormoc.

The ferry boat is made of wood.

4 p.m.

A ferry with 173 passengers has capsized 100 meters (yards) from a pier in the central Philippines, and 36 people are confirmed dead.

Rescuers are in the waters off Ormoc city on Leyte Island looking for 19 people still missing.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo in the capital, Manila, says 118 have been rescued so far.

Balilo says the ferry, MB Kim Nirvana, had just left Ormoc for Camotes Islands, about 44 kilometers (27 miles) to the south, when it was hit by big waves.


Business/Consumer News

Major business and economic reports scheduled for release today:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department will report today on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. The department will also release unemployment data for June.

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
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 P: 561-713-2503
   AP-WF-03-21-14 1926GMT

Posted 5:30 AM EDT on March 21, 2014

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   BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Nike says strong global demand for its athletic goods helped third-quarter net income beat expectations as it readies for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
   The world's largest athletic clothing maker says that not counting income from discontinued operations, earnings rose 3 percent, to $685 million, or 76 cents per share, in the three months ended on Feb. 28. The year before, profit came to $662 million, or 73 cents per share. The discontinued operations added another $204 million in profit to last year's period. Analysts expected 72 cents per share, according to FactSet. Nike sold its Cole Haan and Umbro brands last year.
   Revenue rose 13 percent to $6.97 billion, beating analysts' expectation of $6.81 billion.
   The Beaverton, Ore.-based company said Thursday that future orders worldwide rose 12 percent.
   AP-WF-03-20-14 2110GMT

Posted 5:27 AM EDT on March 20, 2014

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/14 --
 PunchTab, the leading omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform,
 announced today the release of their Android SDK. The SDK is a free
 toolkit that provides Android mobile and tablet developers the capability
 to add customized loyalty and engagement programs to any app to help
 increase usage, purchase, awareness, and brand engagement.
   With tens of thousands of apps hitting the market every month and
 billions of dollars spent on mobile marketing, the world of mobile
 development has become a congested, competitive marketplace to carve out
 success. Generating user awareness and continued use remain critical
 challenges for organizations that utilize mobile applications to engage
 customers, or add mobile as part of larger omni-channel initiatives.
 Android developers can now implement PunchTab's loyalty and engagement
 infrastructure in mobile apps, incentivizing users to take actions that
 meet marketing agendas and business goals.
   "Mobile is the most important channel for brands when it comes to
 engaging consumers with relevant, real-time messages and offers.
 According to a recent study, 83% of consumers expect to make more
 purchases via mobile in the next 12 months, a 15% increase from today's
 current statistics -- this is a critical proof point of how important
 mobile has become for brands. Awareness, engagement, and enhanced loyalty
 are essential components in the success of a mobile app," said PunchTab
 Founder and CEO Ranjith Kumaran. "With our Android SDK we can provide
 Android developers with the same high-quality, easy-to-use functionality
 that the PunchTab platform offers to over 19,000 active programs on our
 platform."
   The Android opportunity is significant. Google Play accounted for almost
 75 percent of total app downloads in 2013 and according to Distimo,
 Google Play's revenue share has actually been growing at the expense of
 Apple's. Since June 2013, Google Play's revenue jumped 51 percent. The
 statistics are a window into the continuously growing Android mobile
 application market that does not appear to be slowing down. Brands have
 taken notice and with the PunchTab Android SDK, they have an opportunity
 to reach even more consumers on mobile.
   Analyst and TIME tech columnist, Ben Bajarin estimates that over one
 billion Android smartphones will be sold in 2014, and by the end of 2014
 mobile web users will be three times that of the desktop web. "Mobile can
 no longer be a side strategy for brands, it needs to be a central
 strategy as it's an essential element for maintaining consumer
 engagement. The Android opportunity is one that cannot be overlooked,"
 Bajarin reports.
   PunchTab's Android SDK offers mobile developers a free toolkit with an
 easy to integrate static library and customizable features to most
 effectively meet bottom line business goals. Developers can easily
 reward-enable engagement, repeat usage, social sharing, and more.
   For more information on PunchTab's developer kit visit
 www.punchtab.com/developer.
   About PunchTab, Inc.
  Founded in January 2011, PunchTab is an
 omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform that enables agencies,
 brands, and enterprise organizations to incentivize user behavior and
 drive business success. PunchTab's customers use the company's flexible
 solutions to deepen audience engagement, drive purchase, and build
 awareness by leveraging everything from social sharing and UGC and
 awareness campaigns, to sophisticated B2E and B2B programs. PunchTab
 offers both an out-of-the-box product and a fully customizable,
 white-labeled solution that can reward any action with virtual, social
 and real-world rewards. For more information, please visit
 www.punchtab.com.
   Media Contacts:
 Ben Barenholtz
 Sparkpr for PunchTab
 ben@sparkpr.com
 415.241.5207
 Robyn Hannah
 PunchTab
 robyn@punchtab.com
 408.823.3863
   AP-WF-03-06-14 1315GMT

Posted 12:49 PM EST on March 06, 2014

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/28/14 --
 ADP Dealer Services, Inc., a division of ADP(R) and a leading global
 technology solutions provider dedicated to helping dealerships drive
 measurable results across every area of their operation, announced today
 that due to the overwhelming interest and positive feedback they received
 surrounding their Fixed Ops Expos, they will be launching a new round of
 Dealer Solutions Expos for automotive retail dealers. They will be
 thought leadership events designed to show what successful dealerships
 are doing to change the way they do business in order to meet
 technology-driven consumers' demand.
   Last year, over 600 dealers attended 25 expos across the country, touting
 them as very insightful and informative. One dealer described their
 experience as the "best three-hour time investment I've made in a long
 time."
   ADP Dealer Services will offer dealers a unique opportunity to join an
 interactive discussion with industry thought leaders as well as their
 peers during each event. The first subject will feature automotive retail
 expert, Mike Stoll, presenting, "How to Optimize Your Front Office for
 Maximum Customer Retention" and business security expert, Jim Foote,
 presenting "Who Let the Data Out?". They will each share strategic best
 practices and insider knowledge designed to give attendees a competitive
 edge around customer retention and security.
   These expos are a key pillar in Dealer Services' strategy to provide
 insights that help their dealer clients transform how vehicles are
 marketed, sold, and serviced using technology.
   The Dealer Solutions Expos is open to all dealership management across
 the country and will begin in early March, extending throughout 2014. For
 more information or to register for an event in your area, please visit
 our website, email events@adp.com or call 866.722.1844.
   About ADP
  With more than $11 billion in revenues and more than 60 years
 of experience, ADP(R) (NASDAQ: ADP) serves approximately 620,000 clients
 in more than 125 countries. As one of the world's largest providers of
 business outsourcing and Human Capital Management solutions, ADP offers a
 wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and
 benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients
 comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable
 Care Act (ACA). ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide
 superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading
 provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle,
 marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the
 world. For more information about ADP, visit the company's Web site at
 www.adp.com.
   The ADP logo and ADP are registered trademarks of ADP, Inc. All other
 marks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright Copyright
 2014 ADP, Inc.
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   Media Contact:
 Michelle Benko
 ADP Dealer Services
 michelle.benko@adp.com
 847.485.4389
   AP-WF-02-28-14 1106GMT

Posted 5:27 AM EST on February 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 --
 The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors(R)
 President Steve Brown:
   "NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly
 oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment
 in real estate. Real estate powers almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy,
 employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all
 federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes.
   "We are extremely disappointed with several of the provisions contained
 in U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform draft
 released today, namely proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction
 and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local
 property taxes. These proposed changes to the taxation of real estate
 will impact every single American, either directly or indirectly.
   "NAR will carefully analyze the details of the Chairman's plan so we can
 best educate Congress and the public about how this plan would impact the
 owners, consumers, and producers of both residential and commercial real
 estate."
   The National Association of Realtors(R), "The Voice for Real Estate," is
 America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members
 involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate
 industries.
   Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other
 news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the
 website.
   For further information contact:
 Jenny Werwa
 202-383-1193
 jwerwa@realtors.org
   AP-WF-02-26-14 2105GMT

Posted 5:26 AM EST on February 26, 2014

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