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Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

Audrey McAvoy and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:40pm

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.

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.

The Latest: Madeline downgraded to tropical storm off Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:30pm

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

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 6:11pm

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.

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.

Toxic algae bloom closes Utah reservoir to fishing, boating

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

A toxic algae bloom closed a popular reservoir in east-central Utah to fishing, boating and swimming on Wednesday, and will likely keep it closed through the Labor Day weekend.

Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:21pm

All those on board two small planes died in a midair collision Wednesday in western Alaska, state troopers said.

Woman whose feticide conviction overturned to be released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:10pm

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.

At Lake Tahoe, Obama links conservation to climate change

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:02pm

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: Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

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

The Latest on a midair collision in Alaska (all times local):

Ex-Atlanta police officer indicted in death of unarmed man

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:50pm

A grand jury on Wednesday charged a white former Atlanta police officer with felony murder and other crimes in the death of an unarmed black man who was driving a car.