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Boeing jet catches fire in Vegas...Teachers strike on first day of school in Seattle...Spear found

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 8, 2015 at 9:01 p.m.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — It wasn't what passengers aboard a Boeing 777 in Las Vegas wanted to see. Flames and black smoke billowed from under the wings of the British Airways jet as it was preparing to take off for Gatwick Airport near London. One-hundred-fifty-nine passengers and 13 crewmembers slid down emergency chutes as people inside McCarran International Airport watched in horror. Fourteen people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, most a result of sliding down the chutes to escape.

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle is scrambling to find alternative care for the public school system's nearly 53-thousand kids now that teachers have announced they'll strike on what was supposed to be the first day of the school year. The district earlier offered an increase of nearly 9 percent over three years. The union countered with a 10.5 percent increase over two years, but the district barely budged from its previous proposal. The strike comes as Washington officials are under increasing pressure to boost school funding. The state Supreme Court fines Washington's government $100,000 a day because justices say it has failed to adequately pay to educate public school kids.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took three interviews and five days for Hillary Rodham Clinton to say "I'm sorry." After resisting apologizing for using a personal email account run on a private server to conduct government business as secretary of state, Clinton shifted course today. Clinton tells ABC news she made a "mistake" and is "sorry about that." She says she takes "responsibility."

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Raising her arms like a boxer who'd just won a fight, Kim Davis walked out of jail today -- and onto a podium in front of thousands of supporters. The Kentucky court clerk who's refused to give same-sex couples marriage licenses told the crowd she just wants "to give God the glory." The judge who put Davis in jail for contempt let her free today, saying he's satisfied as long as other people in her office are issuing marriage licenses. He warned Davis not to interfere.

HONOLULU (AP) — Detectives have found the spear that was taken from King Kamehameha's (kah-MEH'-ha-MEH'-hahz) statue on Hawaii's Big Island. The top section of the spear held by a statue of the Hawaiian warrior was reported missing Sunday. Detectives today found the missing spear section in overgrowth on the banks of a channel behind the statue. Police say the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section. They'll now examine the spear segment for forensic evidence.

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