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A year after Taiwan water park explosion, recovery continues

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 10:31pm

A year ago and far away from his hometown in New Hampshire, Alex Haas was fighting for his life after suffering burns to over 90 percent of his body at a water park party in Taiwan.

Maryland authorities say 3 killed, 2 hurt following shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 10:21pm

Maryland authorities say three people have been killed and two others wounded in a shooting in District Heights.

Police charge mother of 4-year-old shot in Philadelphia home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 10:11pm

Philadelphia police have charged the mother of a 4-year-old girl who died after being shot with third-degree murder.

Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:41pm

A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

Report: Lead levels higher in Flint kids after water switch

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:20pm

Flint children under the age of 6 had significantly higher blood-lead levels after the city switched its water source in 2014 to save money, according to a report released Friday by U.S. disease experts.

Teen pierced in eye by javelin flown to hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:11pm

Officials say a teen was taken to a hospital in a helicopter after he tripped and was stabbed in the eye by a javelin at a Portland track meet.

Former IG fired by Obama over investigation dies at 84

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:10pm

Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the federal AmeriCorps program who was fired by President Barack Obama over his handling of an investigation into a California mayor and Obama supporter, has died. He was 84.

Judge: Lawyers can have Michael Brown juvenile records

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:01pm

Attorneys for the city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Michael Brown's parents can have access to juvenile records involving the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014, a judge ruled.

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers end special session on schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:00pm

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on school funding (all times local):

Virginia jail pushes back against claims of mistreatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

Officials at a Virginia jail where a mentally ill inmate died last year dismissed allegations Friday that the man was abused in their custody and pushed back against claims of mistreatment made by other inmates.

Nevada deputy accused of misconduct in drug probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

A former Washoe County sheriff's deputy faces a felony charge of misconduct after he allegedly sold sensitive information to a purported drug dealer.

Items owned by gangster 'Whitey' Bulger to be auctioned

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

Some things seem to capture the public perception of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's life: a sterling silver "psycho killer" skull ring, a rat-shaped pencil holder, a stack of books about the Mafia.

The Latest: 2 dead in California blaze were trying to flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

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

Kansas legislators give final approval to plan to increase aid to poor school districts, avert shutdown of schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:20pm

Kansas legislators give final approval to plan to increase aid to poor school districts, avert shutdown of schools.

Inmate escapes custody after dentist appointment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:53pm

Authorities are searching for an inmate from the Box Elder County Jail who failed to return from a court-approved dentist appointment.

North Dakota spent $491K on fetal heartbeat abortion law

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:41pm

North Dakota spent $491,016 in legal costs defending an ill-fated law passed by the state's Republican-led Legislature three years ago that attempted to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

Detroit groups holding Blight Bootcamp educational event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:40pm

Several Detroit community organizations are holding workshops and presentations aimed at educating people about blight removal efforts in the city.

Police ID man arrested in shootouts that wounded 2 deputies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:01pm

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were critically injured during a series of gun battles with a man who had fled a routine DUI checkpoint and later held a resident hostage for hours before his arrest early Friday.

Arkansas execution drug expiring before ruling takes effect

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:51pm

One of Arkansas' execution drugs will expire before a court decision upholding the state's execution law goes into effect.