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California's golden hills blackened by wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:02am

The golden hills of California were being blackened Friday by a series of wildfires egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.

Chimps denied legal personhood will be retired from research

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:41am

Two chimpanzees that inspired an unsuccessful lawsuit to grant them personhood rights will be retired from research at a New York state university.

Google Street View cars will soon measure pollution

Ananya Bhattacharya, CNN  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:09am

What if air pollution data were as readily available as transit directions or weather forecasts?

DOJ report critical of St. Louis County family court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:20am

The U.S. Department of Justice has released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court, alleging that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights.

Bradley University presidential search down to 4 candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:11am

Bradley University trustees say they have four finalists who they will interview to be the private Peoria school's next president.

Outdoor Campus recovers from arson; ready for weekend event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:10am

Sioux Falls residents have come to the rescue of an outdoors program targeted by an arsonist.

US condemns terrorist attack that killed Palestinian toddler

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:01am

The Obama administration is condemning an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler, branding it a "vicious terrorist" act that must be punished.

Purdue University fields nearly 100 behavior reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:01am

The Office of the Dean of Students at Purdue University says the school has received nearly 100 reports under a new program aimed at flagging potentially harmful or strange student behavior.

3-vehicle crash in North Dakota kills 3, injures 3 more

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:01am

A three-vehicle crash in McKenzie County has killed three people and injured three others.

US Capitol Police: Vehicle hits barricade, driver in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 9:01am

Police say they've arrested a man after a car struck a barricade near the U.S. Capitol.

Hurricane Guillermo, swirling in Pacific, could hit Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:50am

Hurricane Guillermo is swirling in the Pacific and could be headed toward Hawaii.

Woman gets 15 years to life for husband's antifreeze death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:50am

An Ohio woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing her husband by poisoning his drink with antifreeze.

Cops: Woman drowns while trying to rescue daughter, 2nd girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:50am

Authorities in western New York say a 51-year-old woman drowned while trying to rescue her 11-year-old daughter and another girl from the rough waters of Lake Erie.

Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:31am

One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said.

29 vehicles broken into in Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:21am

Authorities say at least 29 cars, trucks and camp trailers parked throughout an area in southwest Moscow have been burglarized.

Attempt to call special session of Legislature fails

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:11am

An attempt by Black Hills lawmakers to call a special session of the South Dakota Legislature to address education funding has failed.

Sweet Briar alumnae make another payment to keep school open

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:10am

Sweet Briar College alumnae have made the second of three payments required under a settlement to keep the school open.

Ohio pizza deliveryman killed en route to vacant property

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 7:51am

Police in Ohio say a pizza deliveryman has been robbed and shot to death while taking an order to a property that turned out to be vacant.

Woman gets probation for drowning puppy in airport toilet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 7:40am

A Florida woman has been given two years of probation for drowning a 3-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport toilet.