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Oregon students get bottled water; lead found at 2 schools

Kristena Hansen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:20pm

A third-party, independent investigation will be conducted after high amounts of lead were found in water sources at two schools, which led the district to close all water fountains, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said Tuesday.

Zoo exhibit breaches rare but can have deadly outcomes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:11pm

A 3-year-old boy's breach of a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, leading authorities to fatally shoot the gorilla to protect the child, has focused attention on zoo enclosures and security. Incidents of humans entering enclosures or animals escaping are rare, but can have tragic outcomes:

Cincinnati's pioneering gorilla exhibit now common in zoos

Dan Sewell and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:01pm

The Cincinnati Zoo, where a gorilla was shot and killed over the weekend after a 3-year-old boy climbed over a fence and fell into its enclosure, has an open viewing area that was among the first of its kind and is now common in many zoos around the country.

Saint Louis University law school looks to redefine itself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 11:00pm

Saint Louis University's law school is trying to redefine itself after it moving locations, facing personnel issues and experiencing an enrollment decline.

Pennsylvania to write medical marijuana program rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:40pm

Pennsylvania's Department of Health says it expects to write temporary regulations this year creating a medical marijuana program.

Sonoma State police chief fires gun, allegedly stabs stepson

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:30pm

Authorities say the police chief of Sonoma State University repeatedly stabbed his stepson in the chest with a power drill and fired a shot inside his home after an argument turned into a fight.

Police departments start addiction recovery program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:30pm

Six police departments in New Hampshire and Maine plan to open their police stations to drug addicts seeking treatment.

The Latest: Parents criticize school officials over lead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:20pm

The Latest on elevated levels of lead found in the drinking water at Portland Public schools (all times local):

Officers find shivering sea lion in San Francisco stairwell

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 10:00pm

The San Francisco Police Department says two of its officers helped rescue a stranded baby sea lion they found shivering at a stairwell in the city's Ocean Beach neighborhood.

Illinois officials: Look out for potentially rabid bats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:21pm

The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning the state's residents to look out for potentially rabid bats and avoid any contact.

Hiker's decision to stay put was the right one _ at first

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:10pm

An Appalachian Trail hiker who died after getting lost in the woods of Maine did the right thing by setting up camp to wait for help, officials say. But the guidance evolved into a gray area, they said, after she went a week without being rescued.

Video: Elk Charges tourist taking photos in Yellowstone

Nate Eaton,  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:31pm

Video shot by a tourist over the weekend in Yellowstone National Park is yet another recent example of why it's important to keep a safe distance from wildlife.

SDSU wins charity fundraiser against USD; effort raises $66K

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:20pm

South Dakota State University has edged out the University of South Dakota in an annual charity fundraiser that benefits Feeding South Dakota.

Detective whose story told in McFarland USA pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:20pm

An ex-detective who had been on the championship 1987 track team depicted in the movie "McFarland USA" pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and drug charges while he was with the Bakersfield Police Department.

Canadian charged with torture, mutilation in killing partner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:00pm

A Canadian man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of torturing, mutilating and killing a girlfriend whose bloodless body was found in their Southern California apartment.

Pacific military exercises to include 27 nations, a record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:40pm

The U.S. Navy says 27 nations will participate in the world's largest maritime exercises in coming weeks.

Testimony: House speaker hired to open doors with others

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:30pm

The president of an education curriculum company testified Tuesday that he hired Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, in a $7,500 a month consulting contract, to open doors with legislative leaders in other states as the company tried to sell digital courses to school systems.

Man frees Kansas judge after hourslong hostage standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:21pm

A gunman who held a Kansas county's chief judge and his wife hostage Tuesday over a child custody matter eventually surrendered, releasing the couple unharmed, police said.

Prosecutor: 3 men were persistent in efforts to get to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:11pm

A federal prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday that three Minnesota men were intent in their efforts to join the Islamic State group in Syria and knew they would be killing people once they got there, but defense attorneys for two of them said their clients were not part of any conspiracy.

Nevada prisons ending use of birdshot behind bars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:00pm

The new director of Nevada's prison system says he's ending the use of birdshot behind bars.