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The Latest: Smoky haze in Vegas blamed on California fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:53am

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

Stray bullets blamed for wildfire in west-central Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:51am

Investigators say bullets from a gun club may have started a large wildfire in west-central Idaho.

Army general testifies no one swayed him in Bergdahl case

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:50am

The Army general who ordered Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's court martial testified Wednesday that he wasn't swayed by negative comments from a powerful U.S. senator, saying that he takes his duty "very, very seriously."

The Latest: Jury to begin deliberating in boiled water trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

The Latest on the trial of a man accused of pouring boiled water on a sleeping gay couple (all times local):

Bond found in Missouri farm pond was that of stillborn baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

Authorities say the body that was found last month in a southwest Missouri farm pond was that of a stillborn baby.

School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

It would be a mistake for state officials to close underperforming schools for academic reasons for the first time in Michigan because it would devastate communities while not improving student achievement, concerned educators said Wednesday.

Judge denies bond for man held in 5 Alabama killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

A judge refused to set bond Wednesday for a Mississippi man accused of killing five people and an unborn child who were slain one by one with an ax and shot inside a home in rural Alabama.

The Latest: Couple sought in woman's killing, kidnapping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:41am

The Latest on the kidnapping of three children whose mother was killed in Southern California (all times local):

Florida A&M leader remains in limbo after trustee vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

The future of Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum remains unclear.

The Latest: Number of FEMA aid-seekers edges up after floods

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

Park Service celebrates 100 years, seeks minorities' support

Felicia Fonseca and Beatriz Costa-Lima, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

When Asha Jones and other Grand Canyon interns arrived for their summer at the national park, they were struck by its sheer immensity, beauty and world-class hiking trails. Soon, they noticed something else.

Washington sheriff critically injured in motorcycle crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:23am

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington state says Sheriff John Snaza has been critically hurt in a motorcycle crash in Montana.

Persons of interest named in death of teen egging cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:21am

Police have identified two persons of interest in connection to the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy who had been throwing eggs at passing vehicles in Salt Lake City.

Air quality advisory in Vegas blames 3 California wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:21am

Officials in Las Vegas are blaming poor air quality and a smoky haze in southern Nevada on wildfires in coastal and mountain areas of California.

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Swimmer Feigen apologizes for 'serious distraction' in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:17am

U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

FEMA asks schools to reconsider using portable classrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:11am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked schools in West Virginia to reconsider using portable classrooms for students affected by recent floods.

Oregon Douglas fir trees stunted by fugal disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:11am

Oregon State University researchers have found that an increasing number of Douglas fir trees in the Oregon Coast Range are suffering from a fungal disease.

Anti-pot initiative sponsor gives up Montana ballot effort

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:10am

The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law said Wednesday he won't appeal a judge's refusal to place the measure on November's ballot, but instead will focus on defeating a separate initiative to expand medical pot distribution.

Summit focuses on coordinating efforts to fight drug abuse

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:10am

State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.

Black teen pushed down by Iowa officer got money for secrecy

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:10am

A black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a white police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement including a secrecy provision that may violate state law.