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North Dakota State Fair attendance down slightly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:30am

Officials say attendance at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot is down slightly from a year ago.

Online high school to give Detroit adult dropouts diplomas

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:20am

A program aims to provide online education for the 25 percent of Detroit's adult residents who don't have a high school diploma.

U of Illinois chancellor brings wide-ranging experience

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:10am

The newly appointed leader of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign brings a wide range of experiences that include growing up in a segregated city, recording a song with Stevie Wonder and working with Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu.

Powerball's eye-popping jackpots explained

Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:00am

Powerball players will have a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot this weekend, but they'll face long odds that have led to nearly three months without a winner.

Powerball $478 million jackpot is nation's 8th largest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:00am

Powerball players have a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot, but they should keep in mind that their dreams of riches likely won't become a reality.

Former Vermont governor touts instant-runoff voting in Maine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:50am

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — who's also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee — says he favors a voting system that would bring big changes to the American electoral process.

City officials: 3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting north of Seattle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:40am

Gunfire disrupted a small gathering at a suburban Seattle home, leaving three people dead and a fourth person injured early Saturday, police said.

Nonprofit's ID cards get recognition from police, immigrants

Anna Gronewold, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:30am

A privately issued ID card that enables illegal immigrants in North Carolina to identify themselves to police is getting national attention, though Republican lawmakers want to shut it down.

Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:30am

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement.

Riverboat loses power, drifts from Nebraska to Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:20am

Three people were injured when a riverboat carrying 135 passengers struck a riverbank in Omaha, Nebraska, lost power and drifted across the Missouri River before coming to rest near a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 5:40am

A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday.

Doubts about informant cause Chandra Levy case to crumble

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:30am

Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Police: Off-duty cop wounds detective probing domestic claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:10am

Officials say an off-duty Indianapolis police officer shot a detective investigating a reported domestic violence incident involving the officer and his estranged wife. The off-duty officer fled to Ohio before being taken into custody.

Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional

Emery P. Dalesio and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:50am

A federal appeals court ruled that a North Carolina law illegally targeted minorities with tougher ballot access rules, such as requiring photo identification to vote, adding a new partisan flashpoint in a swing state with a raft of hotly contested elections.

More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone

Jennifer Kay and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:50am

As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests.

Animal lovers, young and old, celebrate teaching zoo

Mickie Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:10am

Three-year-old Sofia Testa, a large cat litter scooper in each small hand, gingerly picked up one big pine cone after another, balanced them for a few steps, then plunked them into a bin.

Roseburg teen had cancer 6 times, but vows to keep fighting

Carisa Cegavske-Review, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:10am

Jazmyn Dream Zeller, 15, has had many experiences that most teens have not.

Teacher crafts lessons on rights during police stops

Debbie Cafazzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:10am

When Lincoln High School government teacher Nathan Gibbs-Bowling teaches his Tacoma students about the U.S. Constitution, he adds a few lessons on survival skills.

Army report: Grenade found in room of Dallas gunman in 2014

Reese Dunklin and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:40pm

The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him.

2 Chicago officers relieved of powers after suspect killed

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:30pm

Two Chicago officers involved in a shooting that left a suspect dead were relieved of their police powers even as the case is still being investigated, police say.