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Memorial held for Gen. John Vessey, ex-Joint Chiefs chairman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:51pm

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring former Army Gen. John Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan.

Survey: More US adults use marijuana, don't think it's risky

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:44pm

Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.

Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

Audrey McAvoy and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:43pm

Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded a previously issued warning for Hawaii's Big Island, saying Hurricane Madeline would likely weaken to a tropical storm as it passes to the south of the island.

Evacuations lifted, California fire now 45 percent contained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:42pm

Crews increased containment of a wildfire that sent about 700 people scrambling from their homes east of Los Angeles.

US lawmaker urges Utah man's release from Venezuela jail

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:42pm

U.S. Rep. Mia Love is coming out in support of a Utah man jailed in Venezuela for two months on weapons charges — demanding his release.

Wyoming Supreme Court won't hear appeal of $470K seizure

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:41pm

The Wyoming Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from a man who contends it was unconstitutional for the state to seize $470,000 in cash from him and then seek to forfeit it on the grounds that it was drug money, all without charging him with a crime.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:33pm

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

FBI seeks public's help in Indiana girl's 2005 killing

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:30pm

Haunted by the 2005 slaying of an Indiana schoolgirl, whose decapitated and dismembered body was found by boaters in a river near Chicago, federal and local officials appealed for the public's help Wednesday in solving the crime.

NYPD might not say if officer in chokehold death is punished

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:24pm

New York City might never tell the public if the police officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death case is disciplined, the mayor and police commissioner indicated this week after reaching a new interpretation of a 40-year-old state civil rights law.

Toxic algae bloom closes Utah reservoir to fishing, boating

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

A toxic algae bloom closed a popular reservoir in east-central Utah to fishing, boating and swimming on Wednesday, and will likely keep it closed through the Labor Day weekend.

Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

All those on board two small planes died in a midair collision Wednesday in western Alaska, state troopers said.

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Dog swims over 6 miles, walks 12 more to find family

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:11pm

A dog swam more than 6 miles and walked a dozen more before being reunited with its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.

Woman whose feticide conviction overturned to be released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:10pm

An Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned should be released from prison immediately, a judge said Wednesday, after she was resentenced to less time than she already has served behind bars.

At Lake Tahoe, Obama links conservation to climate change

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:02pm

Standing beneath the forest-green peaks of the Sierra Nevada, President Barack Obama drew a connection Wednesday between conservation efforts and stopping global warming, describing the two environmental challenges as inseparably linked.

The Latest: Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

The Latest on a midair collision in Alaska (all times local):

Ex-Atlanta police officer indicted in death of unarmed man

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A grand jury on Wednesday charged a white former Atlanta police officer with felony murder and other crimes in the death of an unarmed black man who was driving a car.

US high court refuses to reinstate North Carolina voter ID

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting.

2 dead in plane crash at Nevada RV park near airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A small plane that crashed into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing both people on board, plunged nose-first close to occupied RVs — and no one on the ground was hurt, authorities said Wednesday.

The Latest: Man who allegedly kidnapped wife now brain dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:11pm

The Latest on a man hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the wife he allegedly kidnapped was found dead in a barn (all times local):

To quell uproar, Maine governor seeking 'spiritual guidance'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:11pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him.