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  • As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

    9 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage plans to name himself as the state's education commissioner to avoid confirmation hearings for his choice to head the department. The move comes two days after the Republican governor withdrew his nomination ...

  • What We Know: Last occupiers of nature preserve surrender

    9 hours, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) The last four occupiers of an Oregon nature preserve surrendered Thursday to the FBI, ending a nearly six-week standoff that began when a larger armed group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and demanded that the land be turned over ...

  • Standoff over guns at Tennessee legislative office complex

    9 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If it's up to the Republican speakers of the state House and Senate, the more than half-million Tennesseans with handgun carry permits will soon be able to be armed inside the legislative office complex. But Gov. ...

  • What We Know: Scientists find Einstein's gravity waves

    9 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves, proving Einstein right again. Here's what we know: — Gravitational waves are extraordinarily faint ripples in the fabric of space of time, caused by cataclysmic events such as star collisions. Albert Einstein ...

  • Lawsuit: Principal was warned about volunteer's behavior

    9 hours, 46 minutes ago

    (AP) GLENARDEN, Md. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against a public school system in Maryland claims that the predatory behavior of a volunteer, who is now facing criminal charges, was known by students and teachers and even reported to the school's ...

  • Utility estimates Los Angeles-area gas leak will cost at least $250 million to $300 million

    9 hours, 49 minutes ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utility estimates Los Angeles-area gas leak will cost at least $250 million to $300 million.

  • Maine landlord who killed tenants gets life in prison

    9 hours, 54 minutes ago

    (AP) ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine landlord who admitted killing two tenants following a dispute over parking spots after a snowstorm was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. A judge imposed Maine's maximum penalty on James Pak, 77, who pleaded ...

  • Police: Suicide may be reason man shot by Florida deputy

    9 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A police detective has testified that a mentally troubled man fatally shot by a Florida deputy while carrying an air rifle may have been attempting to commit so-called "suicide by cop." Broward Sheriff's Office Detective ...

  • Driver indicted in police officer's death at traffic stop

    10 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A driver who police say struck and killed an officer working on a drunken-driving task force has been indicted on a manslaughter charge. A Montgomery County grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging 47-year-old Luis Reluzco ...

  • Records detail break-in attempt by man questioned in killing

    10 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) DENVER (AP) — Court documents show a man questioned in the killing of Colorado's prisons chief brazenly tried to break into the home of a former corrections employee. An arrest affidavit unsealed Thursday says 34-year-old Thomas Guolee asked a neighbor ...

  • Change would allow handguns at Tennessee legislative complex

    10 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate are moving to end a total gun ban at the legislative office complex. Sen. Ron Ramsey of Blountville and Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville, the Republican speakers of ...

  • Paralyzed man awarded $23 million wants apology for shooting

    10 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 24-year-old black man awarded $23 million in a lawsuit says he forgives the sheriff's deputy who shot and paralyzed him but would like an apology. Dontrell Stephens told reporters Thursday he holds no ...

  • Officials in Hawaii create nursery for fast-growing coral

    10 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) HONOLULU (AP) — Most of Hawaii's species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult. But officials in Hawaii have come with a ...

  • The Latest: Police dies after gun battle in suburban Atlanta

    11 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a gun battle during a law enforcement operation in suburban Atlanta that killed an officer and wounded a suspect. (all times local): ___ 4 p.m. Police say an officer has died after being ...

  • Groups decry US election official acting on citizenship rule

    11 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 30 advocacy groups are asking a federal elections official to withdraw changes made to a national form requiring residents of Kansas, Alabama and Georgia to provide proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register ...

  • What We Know: 52 inmates killed in prison riot in Mexico

    11 hours, 30 minutes ago

    (AP) A brawl between rival drug gangs turned into a riot early Thursday at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico, leaving 52 inmates dead and 12 injured. Here's what we know about the country's deadliest prison melee in years: — The ...

  • Irish nanny cleared of killing baby is sued by the parents

    11 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) BOSTON (AP) — An Irish nanny who spent two years in jail over accusations she killed a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care now faces a lawsuit filed by the child's parents after prosecutors dropped a murder charge. The Boston ...

  • Girl pleads guilty to plotting mom's death with soldier beau

    11 hours, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl accused of plotting with her soldier boyfriend to kill her mother has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. The Lehigh County district attorney's office says Jamie Silvonek entered the plea Thursday ...

  • Virginia school district nixes video on race after criticism

    12 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia has decided not to use a video about race and affirmative action after it made students uncomfortable and drew criticism from parents who called it "white guilt." The video was ...

  • Aunt of teen accused in slaying charged with supplying gun

    12 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Chicago woman has been indicted on charges that she supplied her 14-year-old niece with the handgun the girl allegedly used to kill another teen during an argument over a boy. The U.S. Attorney's ...

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