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NTSB: No specific cause behind fatal Tupelo plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 1:00pm

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board into a plane crash in Mississippi that killed four people does not point to a specific cause for the crash and says the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after taking off.

Man shot and wounded in parking lot of South Carolina mall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 1:00pm

Authorities say a man has been shot and wounded in the parking lot of a South Carolina shopping mall.

Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:56pm

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.

Fort Smith lawyer drops effort to restore Rebel mascot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:50pm

A Fort Smith lawyer is giving up his efforts to restore the Rebel mascot at Southside High School after two board members told him they would no longer vote to restore the mascot.

Teen removed from graduation for wearing African cloth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:50pm

A black teenager says he was escorted out of his high school graduation ceremony in Sacramento by three deputies for refusing to remove his kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric.

DOD uses undisclosed files to defend sex assault testimony

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:50pm

The Pentagon is relying on information it won't make public to dispute an Associated Press investigation that found the military misled Congress about sexual assault cases to blunt support for Senate legislation.

Men who stole metals from Hill Air Force Base get probation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

Two men convicted of stealing thousands of pounds of metals from Hill Air Force Base have avoided jail time.

Lawmakers ban cash for superintendents' group after election

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

State lawmakers have made it illegal for school districts to spend any public money on the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents.

Honolulu schools to let kids with lice stay in class

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

Honolulu students who get lice next year can stay in schools that are included in a new education department policy.

For NY lawyer, a 45-year-old surveillance case is her legacy

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

Barbara Handschu barely gave it a thought 45 years ago when she was listed first among plaintiffs in a Vietnam-era lawsuit challenging how New York City police officers conducted surveillance of political activities.

New U of Illinois contract gives non-tenured faculty raises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:30pm

A new labor contract between the University of Illinois and faculty members who aren't on a tenure track provides retroactive merit raises, higher minimum salaries and academic freedom protections.

Medical pot advocates cheer Illinois governor's about-face

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:20pm

Medical marijuana advocates are applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner's about-face on expanding Illinois' pilot program in length and qualifying conditions, saying it will allow time to show the program is worthwhile and will help more patients — including many veterans — who are suffering.

3 arraigned on charges related to Detroit girl's shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:20pm

Three men have been arraigned on charges connected to the shooting of a 2-year-old Detroit girl, who suffered significant head injuries.

The Latest: Tropical depression brings rain to Carolinas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:20pm

The Latest on a tropical disturbance off the coast of South Carolina (all times local):

19-year-old Vernal man killed in 3-vehicle crash on SR 40

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:50am

Authorities say a Vernal man has died in a three-vehicle crash.

Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:47am

Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.

County commissioner appeals conviction in ATV protest ride

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:10am

A southern Utah county commissioner who became a cause celebre in a movement challenging federal management of Western public lands calls charges against him "a modern-day witch hunt" in documents appealing a conviction for his role in an ATV protest ride.

Mountain Home fire chief resigns over discipline discord

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:00am

The fire chief in the city of Mountain Home has resigned from his post, citing a disagreement with the mayor over how to discipline a firefighter following a February blaze.

Community coping with loss of girl in freak rodeo accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:00am

A 12-year-old Missouri girl's death in a freak rodeo accident has many in her community struggling to find words to express their grief for a family who has lived there for generations.