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Infant mortality falls faster in Mississippi than nationwide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:51pm

Mississippi's infant mortality rate is falling faster than the national rate, but is still high, said the state health officer, Dr. Mary Currier.

Heavy rains diminishes drought in Western Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:51pm

Heavy rains have diminished drought conditions in most of Western Washington but much of Eastern Washington remains in "extreme drought."

Police union boss cited for access to pope during NYC visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:41pm

Officials have sought to discipline a powerful police union head for standing near Pope Francis without authorization during the pontiff's visit to New York City.

Police: Man shoots, kills himself at Ohio State art museum

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:31pm

A former Ohio State University employee shot and killed himself in a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum on Sunday after vandalizing some artwork, according to campus police.

Woman killed in hit-and-run in Las Vegas identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:01pm

Authorities have identified an elderly woman killed after she was struck by a car while crossing a Las Vegas street.

Minneapolis fire chief visits protest encampment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 4:00pm

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel has met with protesters outside a police station to discuss concerns about campfires there and emergency access to the site.

Storm lingering in southern Plains; more flooding possible

Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:51pm

A deadly storm that has caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend dumped more rain on already swollen rivers in parts of North Texas and Arkansas on Sunday and made driving dangerous in parts of Oklahoma.

Dissolved Iowa school district to begin settling liabilities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:41pm

A southwest Iowa school district that was dissolved now has to close its books, settle its liabilities and dispose of property such as desks and buildings.

Reality TV star says Las Vegas home was burglarized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:41pm

A star of a History Channel reality show says thieves cleaned out his Las Vegas home during Thanksgiving.

Sheriff: Couple, 2 young sons dead; apparent murder-suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:41pm

Authorities in a New Orleans suburb say a couple and their sons, aged 2 and 4, have been found fatally stabbed in an apparent murder-suicide at a home.

Central NY man arrested in 7-month-old boy's shooting death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:30pm

Authorities have arrested a central New York man who claims a loaded shotgun he was holding discharged accidentally when he tried to stand up, striking and killing a 7-month-old boy.

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:22pm

As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats.

Police officer shot, killed during call; suspect charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:21pm

A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute was charged with homicide Sunday.

Group seeks public support for mental health crisis centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 3:01pm

A coalition of three organizations is traveling Arkansas in search of support to fund crisis intervention centers for the mentally ill to help reduce crowding in county jails and state prisons.

Attorney compares Kansas sperm donor's plight, gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 2:51pm

An attorney representing a Kansas sperm donor who is being pushed by the state to pay child support says his client's legal battle is similar to the fight for same-sex couples to marry.

Graduate assistant accused of assaulting teenager over hijab

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 2:31pm

A University of Missouri graduate teaching assistant is accused of grabbing a teenage family member by the hair and pulling her out of school because she wasn't wearing a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

Utah Planned Parenthood assures facilities are secure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 2:31pm

Planned Parenthood officials in Utah issued assurances about security at its facilities in the wake of a clinic shooting in Colorado.

Kline, Franken back rewrite of No Child Left Behind Act

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 2:21pm

Minnesota will gain more control over its schools if Congress approves a rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to two Minnesota lawmakers who helped forge the deal.

Fall break boosts school custodians' fight against norovirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 2:21pm

School custodians spent hundreds of hours disinfecting surfaces to stem a norovirus outbreak that eventually reached 19 schools.