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US high court refuses to reinstate North Carolina voter ID

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting.

2 dead in plane crash at Nevada RV park near airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A small plane that crashed into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing both people on board, plunged nose-first close to occupied RVs — and no one on the ground was hurt, authorities said Wednesday.

Survey: More US adults use marijuana, don't think it's risky

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

New research shows more U.S. adults are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it's risky.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:43pm

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

Toxic algae bloom closes Utah reservoir to fishing, boating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:40pm

A toxic algae bloom has closed popular reservoir in east-central Utah to fishing, boating and swimming ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

Wyoming Supreme Court won't hear appeal of $470K seizure

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:21pm

The Wyoming Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from a man who contends it was unconstitutional for the state to seize $470,000 in cash from him without charging him with a crime.

At Lake Tahoe, Obama links conservation to climate change

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:14pm

Standing beneath the forest-green peaks of the Sierra Nevada, President Barack Obama drew a connection Wednesday between conservation efforts and stopping global warming, describing the two environmental challenges as inseparably linked.

The Latest: Man who allegedly kidnapped wife now brain dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:11pm

The Latest on a man hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the wife he allegedly kidnapped was found dead in a barn (all times local):

To quell uproar, Maine governor seeking 'spiritual guidance'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:11pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him.

Officials: Woman kidnapped by husband dead, man brain-dead

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:11pm

A man accused of kidnapping his wife while he was under home confinement on charges he beat and abducted her two months ago has been declared brain dead following a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday.

The Latest: Hawaii hurricane warning lowered as storm eases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:04pm

The Latest on tropical weather systems threatening Hawaii and the Southeast (all times Hawaii local):

Man freed after 1995 double-murder conviction tossed

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:02pm

A North Carolina man was freed from jail Wednesday after a judge tossed his conviction in a double-murder case tried 21 years ago by the prosecutor who was later disbarred for lying and misconduct in the Duke University lacrosse rape case.

Judge closes hearing in Charleston church shooting trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:02pm

A hearing on suppressing evidence in the Charleston church shooting trial will be closed because an open hearing could compromise Dylann Roof's right to a fair trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Heroin overdoses surge in Louisville

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:51pm

During a recent shift spent treating numerous overdoses, Dr. Robert Couch heard a similar refrain from patients: they couldn't believe that the small amounts of heroin they took nearly killed them.

HUD proposes lowering acceptable lead level for children

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:51pm

The nation's top housing official is proposing lowering the level of lead that must be detected in children's blood before triggering federal action to clean up the homes where they live.

Police investigating after cop pepper sprays elderly woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:41pm

An Oklahoma police department is investigating after an officer used pepper spray to subdue an 84-year-old woman in her home.

Woman gets 18 months after feticide conviction overturned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:41pm

An Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned has been re-sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Georgia university reopens after report of armed suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:41pm

Columbus State University police say the Georgia school has reopened after a report of an armed suspect in a student residence hall.

Kansas teen found guilty of killing mom, sister in fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 3:35pm

A Kansas jury on Wednesday found a 17-year-old Hutchinson boy guilty of killing his mother and sister in a fire at his home three years ago.