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Guillermo downgraded to tropical storm as it heads to Hawaii

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

Hurricane Guillermo was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday as it continued its course toward the Hawaiian Islands.

Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire

Terence Chea and Haven Daley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn't burned in years.

Florida man catches 412-pound grouper on paddle board

Nathan Harker  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:16pm

Do you have an incredible fishing tale? Well, this Florida man just topped it.

The Latest: Colorado theater jury to hear from families

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

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Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than three hours to reject arguments that the former neuroscience student's mental illness means he should not die.

Coroner: Ohio motorist shot by cop had bottle of fragrance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:02pm

A bottle held up by a motorist during a traffic stop before he was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer apparently contained a fragrance, not alcohol, a coroner said Monday.

Pennsylvania resident guilty in Chinese test-taking plot

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women.

Kansas teens less likely to be vaccinated against HPV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

A public health advocacy group says teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus than they are in other states.

Jindal canceling state contracts with Planned Parenthood

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced Monday that Louisiana is ousting Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.

Prosecutor: Police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:31pm

A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday.

Pennsylvania resident guilty in Chinese test-taking plot

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:22pm

A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.

Former teacher, assistant coach charged with more counts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A former teacher and assistant football coach at a Louisville parochial high school who was charged with child exploitation involving a 13-year-old has been charged with additional counts, and authorities say the case now involves 16 minors.

Fewer Indiana residents attend Purdue after tuition freeze

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

About 1,220 fewer undergraduates from Indiana and 330 more non-residents attend Purdue University since the school froze tuition rates at 2012 levels, according to the 2014-15 Purdue Data Digest.

Man pleads guilty to killing 10-year-old son found in river

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A Minnesota man admitted Monday that he killed his 10-year-old son, saying he beat the boy in a fit of rage, then wrapped the child with duct tape and threw him in a river because he feared he'd get in trouble.

Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:21pm

A white Charlotte police officer on trial for the on-duty killing of a black man panicked and didn't identify himself or give any commands before shooting 12 times at the agitated man seeking help in an unfamiliar neighborhood after a car crash, a prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard S. Schweiker, a liberal Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served in his Cabinet, has died. He was 89.

Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law

John Moritz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday.

Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:12pm

Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a full recovery after having an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, according to a spokeswoman.

The Latest: Residents say California wildfire spread fast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:11pm

The latest on wildfires burning in California:

Parents sue officer who handcuffed disabled kids

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 3:01pm

Two northern Kentucky women have sued the Kenton County sheriff and one of his school resource officers for placing their two disabled elementary school children in handcuffs.