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Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:10pm

Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found.

Federal judge blocks new Florida abortion law

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:01pm

A federal judge late Thursday put on hold key portions of a new Florida law that would block public funding for Planned Parenthood and greatly increase inspection requirements for abortion clinics.

Needle exchange opens in Ashland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:50pm

A needle exchange program is starting in Ashland to give heroin users access to clean syringes.

2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York

Chris Carola, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:50pm

A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago.

Job training requirements starting for 52,000 on food stamps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:30pm

New job training requirements are kicking in for thousands of non-working, childless adults in Louisiana who receive food stamps.

Federal judge blocks new Florida abortion law that adds restrictions for clinics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:50pm

Federal judge blocks new Florida abortion law that adds restrictions for clinics.

Police chief injured, dog dies after vehicle rear-ended

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:20pm

Authorities say a Boise area police chief was injured and a police dog was killed in a vehicle crash.

California voters will confront crowded November ballot

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:20pm

California is again testing how much democracy is too much, with voters facing up to 18 ballot questions in November that could end the death penalty, cut into the cost of prescription drugs and free marijuana smokers to legally light up in the nation's most populous state.

Police: Cowboy who rode across bridge abused his 2 horses

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:20pm

An 80-year-old man who has been riding around the country on horseback, saying he was trying to call attention to starving children, was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after investigators concluded his horses were malnourished.

Nampa man wanted on murder charge arrested in Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:51pm

Authorities say the suspect wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Nampa that killed a man has been arrested in Yakima, Washington.

Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:51pm

A bill extending Illinois' medical marijuana program by 2½ years has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:31pm

Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

Tim DeChristopher arrested in Boston protest

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:24pm

Tim DeChristopher, the environmental activist who was sent to prison for disrupting a BLM land sale in Utah, was arrested in Boston Wednesday during a protest against a new natural gas pipeline.

Lawmakers OK statewide expansion of needle exchange program

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20pm

The state House has given final approval to a bill authorizing the statewide expansion of a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

Marine Corps: 15 drill instructors under investigation

Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:20pm

The Marine Corps is looking into allegations of hazing, assault and physical abuse involving 15 drill instructors at Parris Island training depot in South Carolina, officials said Thursday.

Layton driver gets probation after teen struck, killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:19pm

The second of two drivers charged in a case involving a teenage girl who was struck and killed in a Layton crosswalk has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Judge's ruling still awaited on Mississippi gay-marriage law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:31pm

An attorney said he's "not at all concerned" that a federal judge didn't hand down rulings by the close of business Thursday in two challenges to a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to gay marriage.

Family of Austin teen killed by police sues city, ex-officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

The family of a nude, unarmed teen shot dead by an Austin police officer in February is suing the city and the since-fired officer.

CDC: System inadequate to stop amoeba at whitewater center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Chlorination and filtration systems were inadequate at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where a rafter became infected with a deadly amoeba, a federal health official said Thursday.