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Alabama develops diversity plan for Greek system

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

Targeted by protests following allegations of racial discrimination in its traditionally all-white sororities nearly three years ago, the University of Alabama said Friday it has developed a plan for increasing diversity in the Greek-letter groups in consultation with the Justice Department.

Man loses hand to firework in early July 4th celebration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:00pm

Authorities say a central Florida man blew his left hand off with a firework during an early Fourth of July celebration.

US family pleads for mercy for couple held in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

The family of an American woman reported missing in Afghanistan in 2012 with her Canadian husband is pleading for mercy from the couple's captors.

Adult murder charges for suicidal teen after crash kills 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

Authorities say a suicidal 16-year-old girl will face adult murder charges on accusations that she was speeding near 100 miles per hour when she caused a fatal crash that killed other two people.

Nebraska man convicted in sword slaying loses appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

An Omaha man convicted of killing his girlfriend with a sword lost an appeal Friday before the Nebraska Supreme Court.

State reviewing security at youth centers in Elko, Caliente

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

State officials are reviewing security at two Nevada youth detention facilities, amid reports that a 17-year-old became the sixth teen to escape this year from a center near Elko.

Transgender teen fights delay request school bathroom case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:51pm

A transgender teen is asking a federal judge not to allow a Virginia school board to hold off on letting him use the boys bathroom when school starts this fall.

SW Idaho police seek man involved in shooting of girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:41pm

Southwest Idaho police have identified a man they say was involved in an exchange of gunfire with another man that resulted in a 10-year-old girl being struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet.

Clinics challenge new Louisiana abortion restrictions

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:22pm

Abortion clinics and their doctors in Louisiana are challenging new abortion restrictions that include making women wait longer and barring a common second-trimester procedure.

Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom

Jennifer Kay and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:21pm

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida's southern rivers and beaches.

Woman added this week to FBI's 'most wanted' list arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:21pm

The FBI says a Milwaukee woman added to its "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list this week has been arrested in North Carolina.

West Virginia flood wrecked 1,500 homes; $36M in road damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:11pm

The floods that ripped through West Virginia late last week and killed 23 people also destroyed 1,500 homes, ravaged 125 businesses and caused $36 million in damage to roads, state officials estimated Friday.

Officials: Rare wolverine hit by car in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:11pm

State wildlife officials say a rare wolverine was found in Utah this week after the animal was hit and killed by a car near northern Utah's Bear Lake.

Report: Judge who locked up 3 kids committed misconduct

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:11pm

A suburban Detroit judge who sent three siblings to juvenile detention during a rancorous custody case and made references to Charles Manson's cult committed several acts of judicial misconduct, according to a report released Friday.

North Dakota has 1st confirmed West Nile virus case of year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:01pm

North Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Latest: California Sierra fire forces evacuations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:01pm

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

Judge: Media can argue to make Bundy case documents public

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:01pm

Media organizations can argue for the release of documents that federal prosecutors want to shield from public view in a criminal case involving Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's 2014 armed standoff with government agents, a judge decided Friday.

The Latest: No luck in search for killer bear in Montana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:51pm

The Latest on the search for a bear that killed a Montana mountain biker (all times Mountain):

Centerville to pay $127K to family of man killed by police

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:51pm

The city of Centerville has agreed to pay $127,000 to the family of a man killed by police two years ago in a settlement announced Friday that resolves a civil rights lawsuit brought by the victim's wife.