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Airport scare hard to avoid with cascade of false reports

Brian Melley and Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:31pm

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

FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks

Bree Fowler and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:31pm

The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states.

The Latest: Police look at bus owners in deadly wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:41pm

The Latest on a bus-firetruck wreck in Louisiana that left two dead (all times local):

Hurricane watch issued as storm nears Hawaii's Big Island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:40pm

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the Big Island of Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline closes in on the island.

Man arrested in triple-slaying in northwestern Indiana home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:30pm

Police arrested a man Monday in connection with the slayings of three people found dead in a rural northwestern Indiana home after their elderly roommate discovered one of them bleeding.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is top party school in US

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:30pm

University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders are chafing under a state-imposed tuition freeze and the football team didn't crack the Top 25 preseason rankings. But no school in the country throws a better party, according to the Princeton Review's 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges."

Honduran teen held by ICE: 'I learned a lot' in detention

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:11pm

Wildin Acosta had grabbed his book bag and left the house, and was just about to get in his car to drive to school in January when two men approached him.

Police investigate report that female inmates were assaulted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 5:11pm

Nearly two dozen female inmates have been removed from a Missouri jail after two women said they were sexually assaulted by male inmates who somehow got into their cells.

VA: Ex-Marine who killed 3 in Baton Rouge did not have PTSD

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:50pm

A former Marine who ambushed and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers last month never saw combat in Iraq, but told doctors he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because a buddy showed him videos of maimed and decapitated bodies, according to newly released Veterans Health Administration medical records.

2 slain nuns remembered for helping the needy

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:50pm

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.

Driver in fatal wreck previously cited for no license

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:50pm

Louisiana State Police say a bus driver accused of killing two people in a five-vehicle wreck on Sunday had been ticketed Aug. 5 for driving without a license.

Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:50pm

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.

Honduran teen held by ICE: 'I learned a lot' in detention

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:44pm

The Honduran teenager who spent nearly seven months in federal custody under threat of deportation says it's difficult to explain what he went through while he was kept away from family and friends in North Carolina.

Judge weighs if N. Carolina man wrongly convicted of murders

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:40pm

A North Carolina man was wrongly convicted of killing a woman and her daughter two decades ago in part because jurors didn't know about DNA evidence that implicated another man, defense attorneys said Monday.

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Ben Finley and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:32pm

Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.

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 New Jersey 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.