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Fireworks season can trigger PTSD for veterans

Elizabeth Depompei, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 3:10am

Stationed in Khandahar, Afghanistan, for nine months in 2012, Sgt. Matthew Thomason got used to falling asleep to the lullaby of gunfire and explosions — so much so that he could tell what kind of weapon was being fired just by the sound. When he returned home to Clark County in September 2013, he thought he would miss the noise of war as he transitioned back to the quiet civilian world.

'Mister Safety' waving condom mascot gets drivers' attention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 2:30am

A man dressed in a giant condom costume drew the attention — and for at least one person, the ire — of Fayetteville drivers in order to raise awareness about National HIV Testing Day.

State School Building Authority awards funds to 13 counties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 2:10am

The West Virginia School Building Authority's board has awarded $7.7 million to 13 school systems for improvement projects.

Family of 97-year-old gets $500K after fall at Tacoma center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:50am

A Tacoma senior living center has paid $500,000 to settle claims brought by the family of a 97-year-old woman that the facility's negligence led to her death.

Court decision complicates prosecutions of elected leaders

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:41am

A Supreme Court opinion setting aside the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will make it harder for Justice Department prosecutors to bring similar cases in the future and brings welcome news to other elected officials investigated for or charged with corruption, legal experts say.

Coroner IDs man found dead, stuck in warehouse burglar bars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:40am

Authorities have identified a man with a history of burglary convictions as the person whose decaying body was found stuck in the burglar bars of an Alabama warehouse.

Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:30am

President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.

Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:22am

Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that since 2013 have drastically reduced the number of providers statewide.

Quotations in the News

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:10am

Hillary Clinton in a speech to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago about how her trustworthiness has dogged her for more than a quarter century.

Medford teacher faces new charges in sexting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:00am

A Medford teacher accused of having sexual contact with students and sending them explicit text messages now faces additional charges alleging he has exchanged such messages with students since 2014.

Rescuers must try again to free entangled blue whale

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:10am

Rescuers in Southern California failed to free a blue whale from a life-threatening tangle of fishing line but they'll keep trying — if they can find it again.

The Latest: Girl survives Colorado crash that kills family

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:50pm

The Latest on the deadly crash between a minivan and an Amtrak train in Colorado (all times local):

US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:30pm

At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication.

Education Secretary King to speak at charter conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:10pm

U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is scheduled to speak at a conference of charter schools in Nashville.

Va. state historical marker commemorates 1960 protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:00pm

Virginia officials are dedicating a marker commemorating a 1960 protest by students who sought to integrate a public dining facility at a Richmond department store.

Louisiana's 1st rescued and released dolphin doing well

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:50pm

The Audubon Nature Institute says the first Louisiana dolphin to be released after rescue is doing well in Barataria Bay.

Oakland City Council bans coal shipments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:30pm

Oakland City Council bans coal shipments.

Pilot, bystander hurt after plane crash-lands in Detroit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:20pm

Authorities say a small plane has crashed in Detroit, leaving the pilot injured along with a person on the ground who was struck by a power line the aircraft brought down.

Caldwell company pays $200,000 in discrimination case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 10:10pm

A Caldwell-based seed company has agreed to pay $200,000 in penalties to settle allegations that it illegally discriminated against citizens from outside the U.S.