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The Latest: Smoky haze in Vegas blamed on California fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:02pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

Group asks Arkansas court to block medical marijuana measure

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

A group opposing efforts to legalize medical marijuana has asked Arkansas' highest court to block a legalization proposal from appearing on the November ballot.

Suspect in Oregon killing extradited from California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

A community college safety officer charged with murder in Oregon has been extradited from California, where he was in custody in connection with other violent crimes.

The Latest: Couple sought in woman's killing, kidnapping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

The Latest on the kidnapping of three children whose mother was killed in Southern California (all times local):

Defense: Boiled water attack on gay couple was not hate

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:01pm

A Georgia man accused of throwing boiled water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment acted recklessly but wasn't motivated by hate or malice, his defense attorney said Wednesday.

Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant

Rachelle Blidner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:53am

A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years.

Stray bullets blamed for wildfire in west-central Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:51am

Investigators say bullets from a gun club may have started a large wildfire in west-central Idaho.

Army general testifies no one swayed him in Bergdahl case

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:50am

The Army general who ordered Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's court martial testified Wednesday that he wasn't swayed by negative comments from a powerful U.S. senator, saying that he takes his duty "very, very seriously."

The Latest: Jury to begin deliberating in boiled water trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

The Latest on the trial of a man accused of pouring boiled water on a sleeping gay couple (all times local):

Bond found in Missouri farm pond was that of stillborn baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

Authorities say the body that was found last month in a southwest Missouri farm pond was that of a stillborn baby.

School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

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

Judge denies bond for man held in 5 Alabama killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

A judge refused to set bond Wednesday for a Mississippi man accused of killing five people and an unborn child who were slain one by one with an ax and shot inside a home in rural Alabama.

Florida A&M leader remains in limbo after trustee vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

The future of Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum remains unclear.

The Latest: Number of FEMA aid-seekers edges up after floods

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

Park Service celebrates 100 years, seeks minorities' support

Felicia Fonseca and Beatriz Costa-Lima, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

When Asha Jones and other Grand Canyon interns arrived for their summer at the national park, they were struck by its sheer immensity, beauty and world-class hiking trails. Soon, they noticed something else.

Washington sheriff critically injured in motorcycle crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:23am

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington state says Sheriff John Snaza has been critically hurt in a motorcycle crash in Montana.

Persons of interest named in death of teen egging cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:21am

Police have identified two persons of interest in connection to the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy who had been throwing eggs at passing vehicles in Salt Lake City.

Air quality advisory in Vegas blames 3 California wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:21am

Officials in Las Vegas are blaming poor air quality and a smoky haze in southern Nevada on wildfires in coastal and mountain areas of California.

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Swimmer Feigen apologizes for 'serious distraction' in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:17am

U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

FEMA asks schools to reconsider using portable classrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:11am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked schools in West Virginia to reconsider using portable classrooms for students affected by recent floods.