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Large fire breaks out at Puyallup School District bus garage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:21pm

Authorities say a large fire has broken out at a garage housing school buses for the Puyallup School District.

School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:21pm

It would be a mistake for state officials to start closing underperforming Michigan schools for academic reasons because it would devastate communities while not improving student achievement, concerned educators said Wednesday.

Group asks Arkansas court to block medical marijuana measure

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:10pm

A group opposing efforts to legalize medical marijuana asked Arkansas' highest court to block a legalization measure on the November ballot, saying the proposal misleads voters about its consequences.

The Latest: Lawmakers OK year's supply of birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:10pm

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The Latest: Louisiana closely monitoring tropical weather

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:10pm

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:03pm

Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday.

Minneapolis bridge collapse survivor faces terror charge

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:02pm

A survivor of the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people is now facing terror charges after authorities say he went to Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:01pm

Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia's capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

The Latest: Deaf driver killed by trooper afraid of police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:01pm

The Latest on the police shooting of a deaf man in North Carolina (all times local):

Weather Service: 'Destructive tornado' in central Indiana

Ken Kusmer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:52pm

At least two tornadoes struck cities in central Indiana on Wednesday, tearing the roof off apartment buildings, sending air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cutting power to thousands of people.

Family sues Navy, blaming it for contaminated drinking water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:51pm

A Pennsylvania family is suing the Navy, alleging their drinking water has been tainted by firefighting foams once used at two former bases in suburban Philadelphia.

The Latest: District says it welcomes dialogue on discipline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:51pm

The Latest on a federal complaint alleging that public schools in Virginia's capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates (all times local):

State: No single cause for high lead levels in Saline County

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

State health officials are notifying families in and around Saline County that investigators have found no single cause for elevated lead levels in their children's blood.

The Latest: Roofs destroyed, cars damaged in Indiana tornado

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

The Latest on tornadoes touching down in central Indiana (all times local):

Coroner: Woman who burned to death near Laughlin killed self

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

Authorities have identified a Las Vegas woman found burned to death near a highway south of the Colorado River resort city of Laughlin, and say she killed herself.

40 votes separate Oklahoma Democrat congressional candidates

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

The runner-up in a Democratic runoff election for an Oklahoma congressional seat in which the two candidates are separated by only 40 votes said Wednesday he has not decided whether to seek a recount, as the front-runner refocused his campaign against the Republican incumbent in November's general election.

Surveillance plane was not a secret, Baltimore police say

Kasey Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

Baltimore police, using money provided by a wealthy, anonymous donor, have been surveilling the city with a manned plane loaded with cameras that can view 30 square miles.

Navy says Iranian boats harassed US ship in Strait of Hormuz

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:41pm

The top naval officer says four Iranian small boats harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired.

NTSB: El Faro audio includes captain's abandon ship order

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:31pm

The captain of the doomed freighter El Faro ordered his crew to abandon ship about 10 hours after leaving a Florida port and becoming caught in a hurricane last year, audio from the sunken ship's "black box" shows.