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Wildfires burning around South as drought worsens

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:04pm

Wildfires are charring hundreds of acres daily in the South as drought conditions worsen across the region, and the heavy, widespread rains that officials say are needed to end the threat are nowhere in sight.

Halloween brings little respite from heat in Arizona

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:01pm

In Arizona, jack-o'-lanterns may not be the only things melting this Halloween.

Recorded statements of 2 officers in custody death released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:01pm

The videotaped statements of two Baltimore officers charged in the death of a young man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van have been released publicly for the first time.

People in Florida's latest Zika 'hot zone' want more buzz

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:01pm

Mosquitoes bite everyone, not just Haitians. It's a point health educator Marie-Jose Ledan is sure to make when she approaches Little Haiti's churches, laundromats and mom-and-pop businesses about protecting people from the Zika virus.

Police officer shoots, kills man inside Montana hotel

Matthew Brown and Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:51pm

A police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old Wyoming man in a hotel in Montana's largest city early Thursday after he allegedly turned on officers while holding a handgun, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said.

Lawyers: Ohio execution plan like burning inmates at stake

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:44pm

Ohio's new lethal injection system is akin to burning inmates at the stake or burying them alive, say federal defense lawyers rushing to stop the state's first execution in three years.

Citizen journalists covering Islamic State win courage prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:41pm

A citizen journalist group that reports secretly from the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa is being honored with a $50,000 prize for courage.

Lawyer says Justice Thomas groped her in 1999; he denies it

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:41pm

An energy company lawyer says Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas touched her inappropriately at a 1999 dinner in suburban Washington. Thomas denies the allegation.

Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:31pm

Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

Arkansas court disqualifies 2nd medical marijuana proposal

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:31pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday disqualified a medical marijuana proposal from the ballot less than two weeks before the election and with thousands of votes already cast, but voters will still be able to consider a competing plan.

Oklahoma officer fatally shoots man during disturbance call

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:31pm

Authorities say a police officer in northern Oklahoma fatally shot a man while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Milwaukee cop who killed man facing trial for sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:31pm

A Milwaukee police officer whose fatal shooting of a black man sparked a weekend of violent unrest in the city has been ordered to stand trial on unrelated sex assault charges.

Latest: Group urges backers to vote for both marijuana plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:24pm

The Latest on the Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to disqualify one of two medical marijuana proposals from the November ballot (all times local):

At retrial in 1979 case, the (ex) jury is in _ the audience

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:24pm

They spent four emotionally draining, inconclusive months on jury duty in one of America's most notorious missing-child cases. But over a year after hitting a deadlock, some jurors now feel a duty not to let it go.

Mom: Son shook in fear after schoolmates put noose on him

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:12pm

A black mother in Mississippi says her 15-year-old son was shaking in fear as he described white schoolmates putting a noose around his neck two weeks ago and pulling it tight.

Repo man charged in car owner's death due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:11pm

A Utah repossession agent accused of forcing a woman off the road and killing her while trying to take back her car is set for an evidence hearing in court Thursday.

Prosecutors: Mom pleads guilty to abuse after men rape girl

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:11pm

A Utah woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge after authorities said her 9-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by three men while her mother was smoking methamphetamine in a garage.

Los Angeles firefighters rescue man from deep excavation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:11pm

Los Angeles firefighters rescued a delivery truck driver from a deep and narrow hole at a construction site Thursday.

US charges 61 defendants in call center scam based in India

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 12:11pm

It can be a frightening call to get — and it's a familiar one for many thousands of Americans.