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Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:31pm

Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

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Loose nut costs Air Force $62.4 million in accident

Tom Lobianco, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:30pm

An Air Force reconnaissance airplane caught fire in April, endangering the lives of 27 airmen aboard the plane -- all because a retaining nut connecting oxygen tubing was not tightened properly, accident investigators have determined. The report blamed a private defense contracting company for the accident.

Million gallons of wastewater closes another beach in Hawaii

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:12pm

For the second time in a week a popular Hawaii beach was closed Thursday after sewage from a treatment plant spilled near the ocean.

Obama sees message of resilience on streets of New Orleans

Darlene Superville and Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

Visiting on tidy porch stoops and dining at a thriving corner eatery, President Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Watch Taylor Swift, Phoebe Buffay perform 'Smelly Cat' live

Martha Ostergar  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:04pm

In an unexpected duet for the ages, Taylor Swift performed "Friends"-famous "Smelly Cat" with Lisa Kudrow.

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Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins says one of the babies has died.

Lockout lifted after bear tranquilized at high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:41pm

Lockouts at an Arvada high school and elementary school have been lifted after a bear was tranquilized at the high school and removed by wildlife officials.

Teen charged in death of 12-year-old neighbor due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:41pm

A teenager charged with luring a 12-year-old neighbor from her home and killing her is set to appear in court Thursday.

Feds: Arizona man helped student get Islamic State training

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:41pm

An Arizona man has been charged with helping a New York college student get Islamic State training in Syria.

Northern Kentucky student charged after gun spotted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:41pm

A Northern Kentucky University spokeswoman says a student has been charged after she was seen with a gun in the school library.

Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:41pm

Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

Coroner: Carson City deputy, suspect both died of gunshots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:31pm

The Washoe County Medical Examiner says a Carson City deputy and a suspect he confronted both died of gunshot wounds.

Man charged in death of 9-year-old girl in Ferguson

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

A suburban St. Louis man was charged Thursday with killing a 9-year-old girl who was sitting on her mother's bed doing her homework when shots were fired into her home.

ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative has attracted its first legal challenge, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.

High bacteria counts shut 4 beaches on Greenwich Bay

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:21pm

The Department of Health is recommending that four Warwick beaches on Greenwich Bay be closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts following strong storms earlier this week.

Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:13pm

A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways.

Texas A&M buildings, roads closed due to gas leak reopened

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:11pm

Activities on the Texas A&M University campus have returned to normal after a natural gas leak prompted the evacuation of several residence halls and other campus buildings.

State: First person infected this year by West Nile virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a Middlesex County man is the first person to contract West Nile virus in Massachusetts this year.

Hostage standoff ends with officer shooting armed suspect

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:01pm

A suicidal man holding his wife and three small children hostage was fatally shot Wednesday in West Jordan when an officer climbed a ladder, stepped through a second floor window and stood between the kids and the armed suspect, police said.