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911 calls: 'Gunshots going like crazy' in Pulse nightclub

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:22pm

Friends and relatives of patrons trapped in a gay Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead asked police dispatchers why it was taking so long for their loved ones to be rescued.

Woman sets herself on fire in Chicago congressman's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:21pm

Police say a woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' office on Chicago's West Side, drank out of a bottle of hand sanitizer, poured the sanitizer over herself and set herself on fire with a lighter.

People stock up, board up as hurricane hurtles toward Hawaii

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:20pm

Residents of Hawaii's Big Island were evacuating animals and stockpiling water Tuesday, bracing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in decades.

LePage: Reports of my political demise 'greatly exaggerated'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:20pm

Outspoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage, amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, on Tuesday suggested he might be considering stepping aside but hours later seemed to reject the idea, tweeting, "The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated."

5 face weapons charges in deadly New Jersey highway shootout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:11pm

Four men and a teenager have been charged in a rolling shootout on a New Jersey highway that left one man dead and four of the suspects injured.

Baltimore County school board changes heat closure policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:54pm

The Baltimore County Board of Education has amended a policy that required dozens of schools without air conditioning to close for two days already this school year.

Charges filed to fire 5 officers in Chicago police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:52pm

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed formal administrative charges to fire the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

The Latest: GOP leader: Media coverage punishing LePage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:51pm

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

USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:30pm

The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.

US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:03pm

The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.

Court: Texas death row inmate may have faked mental illness

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:50pm

A Texas death row inmate may have faked mental illness to avoid execution for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her daughter 23 years ago in Houston, a federal appeals court said.

Elite boarding school finds 5 cases of sexual misconduct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:50pm

An independent investigation into possible sexual abuse at an elite boarding school has uncovered several cases of sexual misconduct by faculty members, the school announced on Tuesday.

Chicago mayor unveils plan for new police oversight agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:41pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday released a proposed ordinance that creates a new agency to investigate police misconduct to replace the agency that came under fire in the wake of a video of a police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Australian man with British title to stay jailed in Vegas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:31pm

An Australian man who identifies himself as the 13th Duke of Manchester will remain jailed in Las Vegas at least until next month, pending possible resolution of felony false police report and burglary charges.

5 bodies found in burned California care home for disabled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:20pm

The bodies of five people were found after a fire gutted a board-and-care home for developmentally disabled people southeast of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

Defendant wore girlfriend's ashes to fatal crash sentencing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:03pm

A western Michigan man wore a vial containing his girlfriend's ashes when he was sentenced to jail in a crash that killed her and her unborn child.

Rep. Stewart: 'Just common sense' to expect Russian hacking of US elections

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:54pm

After issuing a warning earlier this month about the possibility Russian computer hackers could disrupt the U.S. presidential election, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said it's no surprise an attempt appears to have been made.

Settlement forces US to decide whether 9 species endangered

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:42pm

The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.

Yellowstone south entrance reopens after wildfire closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:20pm

The south entrance to Yellowstone National Park reopened Tuesday after being closed for more than a week because of a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park.

City, county leaders hold special meeting after girl's death

Mary Hudetz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:51pm

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address what led to the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.