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Detroit mayor cites progress in school health, safety fixes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:01pm

Detroit school officials have spent $2.5 million on repairs and cite significant progress on building conditions a week before doors open for the new academic year, Mayor Mike Duggan said Monday.

Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:01pm

Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill.

Officials say 911 outage in DC was caused by contractor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 3:01pm

Officials say a contractor who was trying to turn off an alarm and hit the wrong switch caused the 90-minute outage of the 911 system in the nation's capital.

Reward offered for capture of fugitive polygamist from Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:51pm

Federal authorities hope a $50,000 reward announced Monday, coupled with a falling out between polygamist fugitive Lyle Jeffs and his brother — imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs — will lead someone to reveal his whereabouts.

New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:43pm

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

Obama to juggle security, climate, rights on final Asia trip

Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:41pm

President Barack Obama faces thorny talks about the fight against the Islamic State group, climate change and human rights when he sets off this week across the Pacific for an eight-day valedictory tour through Asia.


Clinton aide Abedin dumps husband Weiner over new scandal

Jennifer Peltz and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:41pm

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is done playing the good wife to Anthony Weiner, announcing Monday she is leaving the serially sexting ex-congressman after he was accused of sending raunchy photos and messages to yet another woman.

Yellowstone River's closure worries outdoors industry

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:30pm

The indefinite closure of Montana's Yellowstone River due to a major fish kill is raising worries about lasting impacts to the region's lucrative outdoors industry.

2 slain nuns remembered for helping the needy

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:23pm

Hundreds of people filled a cathedral in Mississippi's capital city on Monday to remember two nuns who spent decades helping the needy and were found stabbed to death last week in their home in one of the poorest counties of the state.

Officer pulls man from tracks just before train arrives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:20pm

A New Jersey Transit police officer is being hailed as a hero for pulling a man from the tracks and out of the way of an oncoming train last week.

Officials: Woman driving on rim sparks California wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:20pm

A car driven by a woman high on drugs sparked several wildfires that consumed at least 450 acres in Northern California, forced evacuations and burned one home, authorities say.

Judge weighs if N. Carolina man wrongly convicted of murders

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:20pm

A North Carolina man was wrongly convicted of killing a woman and her daughter two decades ago in part because jurors didn't know about DNA evidence that implicated another man, defense attorneys said Monday.

Man arrested in triple-slaying in northwestern Indiana home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:13pm

Police arrested a man Monday in connection with the slayings of three people found dead in a rural northwestern Indiana home after their elderly roommate discovered one of them bleeding.

Police investigate Cornell brawl that killed Ithaca student

Carolyn Thompson and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:12pm

An Ithaca College student fatally stabbed at Cornell University was attacked while trying to help a fellow student amid a series of fights after a weekend party, the slain man's sister said Monday.

Mother of 5-year-old who fatally shot boy, 4, pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:10pm

A woman whose 5-year-old son fatally shot his 4-year-old brother with her gun faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment.

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Ben Finley and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:10pm

Business owners, beachgoers, and boat 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.

Slain New Mexico girl's relatives mystified over mom's role

Mary Hudetz and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 2:01pm

Relatives of an Albuquerque woman whose 10-year-old daughter was drugged, raped, killed and dismembered in the mother's apartment last week are mystified over how she got involved with two convicted criminals accused with her of causing the girl's death, the family spokeswoman for the child's relatives said Monday.

Sheriff: Intruder smashes through window, attacks residents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:53pm

A 19-year-old man who smashed through the front window of a Florida home and attacked a woman and her adult son said he was on the powerful street drug flakka, a sheriff said Monday.

Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:51pm

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.

School asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:51pm

A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.