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Appeal for more relief for North Carolina transgender people

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:20pm

Advocacy groups are asking an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina.

Mystery solved: Cemetery group removed Confederate flags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:13pm

A nonprofit group that helps to maintain a Georgia cemetery removed 70 Confederate flags from graves because they became worn and faded, and that they weren't stolen as some suspected, the group's president said.

$50K reward for capture of fugitive polygamist Lyle Jeffs

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:11pm

Federal authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs.

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Police detain man dressed as Zorro just before airport panic

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

A false report of gunshots that sent panicked travelers fleeing from Los Angeles International Airport came right after officers with weapons drawn detained a masked man dressed in black and possibly carrying a plastic sword, officials said.

The Latest: Man charged in nuns' killing had record in Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

Orlando theme parks give free bug spray to ease Zika worries

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:04pm

Orlando's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellant to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount in Florida.

New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:03pm

About 400 elementary school students are attending school in Sandy Hook for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Maine GOP leaders call for closed-door meeting with governor

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:01pm

Republican leaders in Maine are calling for a closed-door meeting with GOP Gov. Paul LePage, who sparked outrage last week by leaving an obscenity-laced voicemail for a Democratic legislator and threatening violence.

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Weiner's wife is leaving him amid a new sexting scandal

Jennifer Peltz and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:01pm

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said Monday that she is leaving her husband, Anthony Weiner, after the former New York congressman was accused in yet another sexting scandal.

Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:53am

A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as she transitions to a woman, adding her voice to those of prisoners in other states who argue that denying such treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Captain of cruise ship suspended after hitting dock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:51am

Spirit Cruises says the captain of a cruise ship that crashed into a dock in Maryland has been suspended from duty.

The Latest: Utah lake closed for firefighters to tap water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:51am

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

Recycling center fire in Boise will smolder for several days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:51am

A recycling center fire that on Monday pushed air quality in Boise to unhealthy for sensitive groups is contained but will likely continue to smolder for several days.

FEMA criticized as slow on disaster housing aid in Louisiana

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:51am

The first out-of-state congressman to survey Louisiana's damage from catastrophic flooding Monday blasted the Federal Emergency Management Agency response as "pitiful."

University of Wisconsin-Madison is top party school in US

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:51am

University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders are chafing under a state-imposed tuition freeze and the football team didn't crack the Top 25 preseason rankings. But no school in the country throws a better party, according to the Princeton Review's 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges."

Officer shot by deputies in previous standoff found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:31am

Police say a Maryland police officer who was shot by sheriff's deputies during a standoff this spring has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Unprecedented overdose spike slows in Cincinnati

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:23am

Authorities in the Cincinnati area said Monday that an unprecedented spike of drug overdoses seem to be leveling off, although still at higher than normal levels, after a stunning wave last week.

Police: officer, 2nd person in hospital after shots fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:20am

Authorities say a police officer who responded with other officers to a report of shots being fired in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taken to a hospital with one other person.

Brown student accused of sex assault allowed back to class

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:10am

A federal judge has allowed a Brown University student accused of sexual assault and suspended for two years to resume classes while awaiting a decision on a lawsuit he brought against the Ivy League university.

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Ben Finley and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 11:01am

Business owners, beachgoers, and fishing captains on North Carolina's Outer Banks were warily watching tropical weather Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.