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Driverless van hits 2 pedestrians, killing 1, in New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:51pm

A driverless van hit two pedestrians, killing one of them, before crashing into a food cart in New York City.

Grand jury to mull case of Marine vet charged with murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 10:10pm

A grand jury will consider the case of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman following a traffic accident near Cleveland.

Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

Audrey McAvoy and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:42pm

Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded Hurricane Madeline to a tropical storm as it veered past Hawaii's Big Island, but officials reiterated warnings to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds.

The Latest: Forecasters issue hurricane warning in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:22pm

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

Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for portions of Florida's Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Hermine strengthens

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

Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for portions of Florida's Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Hermine strengthens.

Weinholtz criticizes Herbert for federal land demand

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 9:01pm

Democrat Mike Weinholtz criticized Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday for taking mega-checks from campaign donors and supporting Utah's push to take control of public lands from the federal government.

Woman whose feticide conviction overturned to be released

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

An Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned should be released from prison immediately, a judge said Wednesday, after she was resentenced to less time than she already has served behind bars.

Memorial held for Gen. John Vessey, ex-Joint Chiefs chairman

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

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for a service honoring former Army Gen. John Vessey, a Minnesota native who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan.

US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:41pm

A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:40pm

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.

To quell uproar, Maine governor seeks 'spiritual guidance'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:30pm

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.

Dog swims over 6 miles, walks 12 more to find family

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:16pm

A dog swam more than 6 miles and walked a dozen more before being reunited with its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.

FBI seeks public's help in Indiana girl's 2005 killing

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:03pm

Haunted by the 2005 slaying of an Indiana schoolgirl, whose decapitated and dismembered body was found by boaters in a river near Chicago, federal and local officials appealed for the public's help Wednesday in solving the crime.

The Latest: Rally for decency held after governor's outburst

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00pm

The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage's obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):

Authorities: Boy shoots 11-year-old in face

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:00pm

Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has been shot in the face with a handgun by another boy inside a Massachusetts home.

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

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:44pm

Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.

Evacuations lifted, California fire now 45 percent contained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:42pm

Crews increased containment of a wildfire that sent about 700 people scrambling from their homes east of Los Angeles.

US lawmaker urges Utah man's release from Venezuela jail

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:42pm

U.S. Rep. Mia Love is coming out in support of a Utah man jailed in Venezuela for two months on weapons charges — demanding his release.

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

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:41pm

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 and then seek to forfeit it on the grounds that it was drug money, all without charging him with a crime.

NYPD might not say if officer in chokehold death is punished

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:24pm

New York City might never tell the public if the police officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death case is disciplined, the mayor and police commissioner indicated this week after reaching a new interpretation of a 40-year-old state civil rights law.