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The Latest: DA: Families a factor in death penalty decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:31pm

The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

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Clinton aide Abedin dumps husband Weiner over new scandal

Jennifer Peltz and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:31pm

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is done playing the good wife to Anthony Weiner, announcing Monday she is leaving the serially sexting ex-congressman after he was accused of sending raunchy photos and messages to yet another woman.

Report: Clown spotted trying to lure kids into woods

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:30pm

A neighborhood in South Carolina is reporting that people dressed as clowns have been seen trying to lure children into the woods.

1 dead, 4 hurt in highway shootout; bullet holes cover SUV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:30pm

A shootout on a highway on Monday afternoon left one person dead, four others hurt and a sport utility vehicle riddled with bullet holes.

The Latest: Tropical storm warning issued for North Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:22pm

The Latest on tropical storms (all times EDT):

Maine GOP leaders call for closed-door meeting with governor

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:21pm

Republican leaders in Maine are trying to figure out a fitting punishment for racially charged comments and a threatening voicemail made by Gov. Paul LePage, who has repeatedly avoided punishment for impolitic remarks. Meanwhile, a top state Democrat repeated a call for the Republican governor to resign.

Yellowstone River's closure worries outdoors industry

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:20pm

Tens of thousands of dead fish have closed Montana's Yellowstone River and stirred new worries Monday about lasting impacts to the region's lucrative outdoors industry.

Court denies asylum to 28 detained Latin American mothers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:20pm

A legal ruling that would send 28 detained immigrant mothers and their children back to Latin America despite their claims they would be persecuted upon return was upheld on Monday by a federal appeals court.

Driver charged in Minnesota crash that killed 2 firefighters

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:11pm

A Michigan firefighter charged in a crash that killed two fellow firefighters and injured seven others told investigators he hadn't slept more than 45 minutes in more than 24 hours and had used marijuana hours before the crash, Minnesota prosecutors said in charges filed Monday.

Girl, 8, in critical condition after Miami drive-by shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:01pm

Police say an 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head during a drive-by shooting outside a Miami home.

Reward offered for capture of fugitive polygamist from Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:01pm

Federal authorities hope a $50,000 reward announced Monday, coupled with a falling out between polygamist fugitive Lyle Jeffs and his brother — imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs — will lead someone to reveal his whereabouts.

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Airport scare hard to avoid with cascade of false reports

Brian Melley and Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:51pm

In the moments before reports of gunshots created a panic at the Los Angeles airport, police with weapons drawn had confronted a masked man outside a terminal who was carrying a plastic sword and dressed like Zorro.

Sheriff: Man on flakka and LSD smashes window, attacks woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:41pm

A 19-year-old man who smashed through the front window of a Florida home and attacked a woman and her adult son said he was on the powerful street drug flakka, a sheriff said Monday.

2 slain nuns remembered for helping the needy

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:41pm

Hundreds of people filled a cathedral in Mississippi's capital city on Monday to remember two nuns who spent decades helping the needy and were found stabbed to death last week in their home in one of the poorest counties of the state.

The Latest: Utah lake closed for firefighters to tap water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:31pm

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

Obama to juggle security, climate, rights on final Asia trip

Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:31pm

President Barack Obama faces thorny talks about the fight against the Islamic State group, climate change and human rights when he sets off this week across the Pacific for an eight-day valedictory tour through Asia.

Crews to retrieve plane from lake; 2 men still missing

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:20pm

A small plane that crashed in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans had been chartered by a couple taking an aerial tour of the city when it hit a rainstorm and went down, an airport director said Monday.

Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:12pm

Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill.

New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:11pm

Elementary school students attended school in Sandy Hook on Monday for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

The Latest: Driver charged in crash that killed firefighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:11pm

The Latest on a crash in Minnesota that killed two Michigan firefighters who were on their way to a Utah wildfire (all times local):