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Train trestle fire near New Orleans doused, Amtrak route cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 5:40pm

Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse a blaze on a train trestle west of New Orleans, but some Amtrak and freight service remain disrupted.

Pierre hospital changing policy for mental health patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:51pm

Avera St. Mary's hospital in Pierre is changing how it treats patients with mental health issues after a person who needed further care walked away recently.

Thune tours Rosebud hospital, calls for accountability

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:41pm

U.S. Sen. John Thune says the problems facing an Indian Health Service hospital in Rosebud are "life and death issues."

Arkansas lawmaker proposes tax on some college properties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 4:11pm

A Republican state lawmaker wants to levy property taxes on public colleges and universities for property they rent to commercial businesses or use for a "nonpublic purpose."

Greek farmers end blockade of central Athens in tax dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 1:41pm

Greek farmers protesting planned tax hikes and pension changes have left a central Athens square where they had been camped out since Friday but are vowing to keep protesting until the government listens.

As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 1:41pm

As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300-square-mile (780-square-kilometer) area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

Beckley students perform in 'High School Musical'

Wendy Holdren-Herald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 11:41am

Bright and early on the morning of Feb. 4 inside Stephen Wilson's classroom at Woodrow Wilson High School, more than a dozen students of all grade levels and all social cliques stood on a wooden platform dancing and singing, "We're All in This Together."

Head of BAFTA: Film industry not diverse enough

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 11:41am

The head of the British Academy Film and Television Awards says its annual ceremony does not feature more ethnic minority nominees because the film industry itself is not diverse enough.

1st year schools chief brings stability to Wyoming education

Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 11:31am

Order has been restored in Wyoming K-12 education during state schools Superintendent Jillian Balow's first year, officials involved with state education say.

Jennifer Lawrence donating $2 million to hometown hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 10:00am

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home.

As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:12am

As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

Historic Kearsarge Peg Co. destroyed by fire after 121 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 8:40am

A historic mill in Bartlett, New Hampshire, was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon after more than a century in operation.

Feds: New traceability rules would cut down illegal seafood

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 8:31am

Federal authorities say they want feedback from the public about proposed rules they hope would take a bite out of illegal fishing imports that jeopardize the country's multibillion dollar commercial fishing industry.

NC high court to decide if teaching vets earned job security

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 7:51am

A North Carolina law that sought to strip job protections from public school teachers is being attacked by groups representing police officers and state government retirees.

Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 7:30am

Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don't work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.

Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 6:21am

Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:00pm

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:21pm

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

US senator calls for backup proof when gas leak sealed

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20pm

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called Friday for third-party air quality testing to confirm that a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles has been permanently sealed and it's safe for residents to return home.