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US appeals court tosses out $654 million verdict against PLO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:14am

A U.S. appeals court has tossed out a $654 million jury verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization for damages Americans suffered in Palestinian terror attacks.

The Latest: Maine governor: I don't have 'mental issues'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:14am

The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage's obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):

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.

Technology on new $12.9B aircraft carrier to undergo review

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:11am

A new, $12.9 billion aircraft carrier program will undergo a 60-day review after a key Pentagon official expressed concerns about critical systems on the ship.

Maine governor says he plans to seek 'spiritual guidance'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:11am

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.

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.

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 about 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.