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Homeless students get more attention under new education law

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:12am

School administrators this year are being pushed to get better at recognizing homeless students — those "hidden" in other people's homes or whose families are staying in places like campgrounds, motels and cars — and to keep them in school even if they're missing paperwork or move around.

Man accused of south Alabama massacre pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:12am

A Mississippi man accused of killing five people in a south Alabama home with blows from an ax and gunshots has pleaded not guilty.

Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:11am

Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers from the federal government.

Family wants DOJ to investigate death after stun gun used

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

The family of a Florida man who died after Georgia sheriff's deputies repeatedly used their stun guns on him is asking for a federal investigation into his death.

Yellowstone to begin taking entries for snowmobile permits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01am

Begging Thursday snowmobilers will be able to enter a drawing for permits to ride through Yellowstone National Park without a guide.

Boise National Forest plans logging around Bogus Basin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

The Boise National Forest is planning a logging project to help get rid of diseased trees surrounding the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Hepatitis A from Egyptian berries infects 50 in 4 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

A hepatitis A outbreak linked to Egyptian strawberries has grown to more than 50 cases in four states.

Mom convicted of withholding son's medicine to change plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

A Massachusetts woman convicted of withholding potentially life-saving medications from her cancer-stricken son is back in court for a change of plea hearing.

Maine governor says he plans to seek 'spiritual guidance'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:50am

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.

The Latest: North Carolina apparently dodging storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:22am

The Latest on tropical weather systems threatening the Southeast (all times local):

Tropical weather system spares North Carolina's Outer Banks

Ben Finley and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:20am

North Carolina's Outer Banks have been spared from a tropical storm system that has been moving toward the state for two days, an official said Wednesday.

Police: Man dies after killing neighbor at school bus stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 8:10am

An Ohio man who shot a couple, killing a woman, at a school bus stop amid what neighbors called a long-running feud has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

3 dead, 9 injured in multi-vehicle crash in New York City

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:42am

Three people were killed and nine others were injured early Wednesday in a collision on a major Long Island highway where just 10 days earlier six other people died in a horrific crash.

Police: Woman kidnapped by husband found dead, he's wounded

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:31am

A woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint by her husband while he was under home confinement on charges he beat and abducted her two months earlier was found dead inside a barn, and he was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, state police said Wednesday.

Police cuff lawmaker as he tries to defuse Milwaukee tension

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:10am

A state lawmaker says police officers threw him to the ground and put him in handcuffs as he tried to de-escalate tensions after 10 people were arrested at the scene of a recent fatal police shooting on Milwaukee's north side.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:00am

A dog swam more than 6 miles and walked a dozen more to find its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.

STORY REMOVED: BC-US--Handcuffed Suspect Flees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:41am

The Associated Press has withdrawn a story about a suspect who fled while still handcuffed. The story included a name for the suspect provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which the sheriff's office now says is incorrect.

Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:40am

President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip to the region.

Troopers say alcohol involved in Tennessee fire truck wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:40am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says alcohol was involved in the wreck of a fire truck that overturned on its way to a house fire.