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Lightning safety tips for mountain visitors

07/15/2014 12:30am
Lightning strikes have killed two tourists and injured others in recent days in Rocky Mountain National Park. The strikes happened along a popular road that is above treeline and is prone to rapidly-developing early afternoon summer thunderstorms. Here are some precautions mountain visitors should take to stay safe:

Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

07/15/2014 12:41am
Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes at the popular park killed two people in two days at the height of summer travel season.

Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

07/15/2014 1:00am
A southern Oregon wildfire has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state.

Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

07/15/2014 1:10am
good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.

Grant to reduce diesel emissions from school buses

07/15/2014 1:40am
A western Kentucky school district has been awarded about $95,000 in funding to reduce diesel emissions from its school bus fleet.

Minnesota seeks doctor for medical pot program

07/15/2014 1:40am
Minnesota is looking for a doctor to help oversee the state's first medical marijuana program.

Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

07/15/2014 2:10am
good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.

Sea turtle saved from blindness being released

07/15/2014 2:10am
A nearly 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle is to be released into the Atlantic Ocean after being saved from blindness at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Mexican man dies while awaiting deportation

07/15/2014 3:10am
Federal immigration authorities say a 38-year-old Mexican man awaiting deportation died in their custody this past weekend.

U of I fraternity pursues $4.5 million house work

07/15/2014 3:20am
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Illinois is tearing down part of its fraternity house to modernize the building. But a portion built in 1908 will stay.

Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah

07/15/2014 3:30am
An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.

Sidewalk memorial honors New Jersey cop killer

07/15/2014 4:00am
A day after a rookie police officer was gunned down in an ambush, mourners came to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial with candles, balloons, empty liquor bottles and messages of love from friends scrawled on T-shirts taped to a brick wall — to his killer.

Jackson schools still short teachers

07/15/2014 4:10am
Jackson Public Schools still faces over 200 unfilled teacher positions with less than a month to go before school starts. However, the number is down from 218 last week.

Minnesota union head elected to national post

07/15/2014 4:20am
The head of the St. Paul teachers union will step down after being elected to a national union leadership role.

Dardenne, seafood board set cook-off for August

07/15/2014 4:41am
The best seafood chef in the nation will be crowned Saturday, Aug. 2, in New Orleans when the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is held.

NYC's St. Vincent's site to open as ER

07/15/2014 4:51am
The former St. Vincent's Hospital site in New York City's West Village is slated to open as a stand-alone emergency room and medical care center.

5 Washoe high school grads win Merit Scholarships

07/15/2014 5:10am
Five recent graduates from high schools in Washoe County have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships.

Central students to receive laptop computers

07/15/2014 5:20am
All sixth- through 12th-graders in Central will receive a new laptop computer, in addition to their textbooks, when they show up Aug. 7 for the start of the 2014-15 school year. But first they will have to abide by newly adopted rules.

At Elvis Fest, impersonations are reverent tribute

07/15/2014 6:10am
The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don't want to be called Elvis impersonators.

East Texas Alamo-like school building demolished

07/15/2014 7:01am
An East Texas school building designed to look like the Alamo has had its last stand.

Montana man dies in Idaho motorcycle crash

07/15/2014 7:10am
A 61-year-old Montana man died in a motorcycle crash during a rainstorm on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho.

Police: Taco Bell employee shot customer with BB

07/15/2014 7:21am
Police say a Massachusetts Taco Bell employee used a BB gun to shoot a customer who was enraged when no one came to the drive-thru window to take his order.

California freeway shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

07/15/2014 7:31am
A shooting on a Southern California freeway has left one person dead and another injured.

Michigan plans to up charter school accountability

07/15/2014 8:01am
Michigan's superintendent will meet with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize.

Ohio judge orders state to sponsor charter school

07/15/2014 8:01am
A southwest Ohio judge has ordered the state Department of Education to sponsor an inner-city charter school to keep it operating.

22.8 million New Yorkers' personal records exposed

07/15/2014 8:01am
New York's attorney general says the private records of nearly 23 million New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.

Howard County makes case for preschool vouchers

07/15/2014 8:20am
Spots are available in quality preschool programs in Howard County, yet more than 300 low-income children do not attend.

La. schools get federal funding for Wi-Fi

07/15/2014 8:31am
Louisiana schools will soon be able to tap into a $2 billion pool of federal money to improve wireless connectivity on their campuses. The Federal Communications Commission has approved a plan to funnel the money over two years towards high-speed Wi-Fi in public and private schools and in libraries.

Man's bail set at $100K in bogus bear report

07/15/2014 8:41am
A Vermont man who told police he urged his girlfriend to jump off a cliff in a drug-induced haze because of an imagined bear attack was being held on $100,000 bail on charges including attempted murder and arson.

Prosecutor: 2 former Utah attorneys general who are targets of bribery probe arrested

07/15/2014 9:01am
Prosecutor: 2 former Utah attorneys general who are targets of bribery probe arrested .

US hits Norwegian citizen with terror sanctions

07/15/2014 9:11am
The Obama administration says it has put a Norwegian citizen on a terrorism blacklist for traveling to Yemen to join al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The move underscores increased U.S. fears of Europeans and other westerners becoming involved in terrorism.

American Legion helping vets negotiate VA

07/15/2014 9:21am
Representatives of the American Legion are in Fort Collins this week to help veterans get health care.

App will help blind users navigate Minneapolis

07/15/2014 9:21am
Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app to help blind and visually impaired people navigate streets in Minneapolis.

Man kills wife, granddaughter; gets life in prison

07/15/2014 9:33am
A suicidal South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his bedridden wife and their 9-year-old granddaughter, saying he wanted to spare them the pain of living without him, prosecutors said.

University of Missouri names medical school dean

07/15/2014 9:40am
The chief of cardiology at Tulane University will become the dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, effective Dec. 1.

Memorial for man who killed New Jersey cop removed

07/15/2014 9:50am
A memorial for a man who was killed after he ambushed and shot to death a 23-year-old rookie police officer in New Jersey has been removed.

Crews battling outbreak of fires in central Idaho

07/15/2014 9:50am
Residents of about 60 homes in a small central Idaho town remained under voluntary evacuation Tuesday as crews fought nearly 20 lightning-caused fires in the Boise National Forest.

Senate panel doubles money for Israel's Iron Dome

07/15/2014 10:10am
Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

More Clinton White House records to be released

07/15/2014 10:10am
The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.

Vegas man held in shooting of girlfriend's husband

07/15/2014 10:10am
Authorities say a 39-year-old man faces attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon charges after he was accused of shooting his girlfriend's husband during an argument at a southeast Las Vegas home.

Man bitten by shark while fishing off Florida

07/15/2014 10:31am
Authorities say a Tennessee man was hospitalized after being bitten by a shark in the waters off Florida's Panhandle.

Military's tobacco discount: Up in smoke

07/15/2014 10:31am
The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.

2 get prison time in slaying of Vegas gang rival

07/15/2014 10:40am
Two accused gang members were sentenced to four to 10 years in prison in the April 2010 shooting of a gang rival at a downtown Las Vegas motel.

Minnesota hiker found dead near eastern Utah trail

07/15/2014 11:02am
Authorities say a 66-year-old Minnesota man was found dead near the Fisher Towers hiking trail in eastern Utah.

Bystanders stop San Diego carjacking

07/15/2014 11:11am
A group of quick-acting bystanders came to the aid of a woman who was being carjacked in San Diego, tackling the suspect and holding him for police.

Dollars for Obama library roll in from NY, Chicago

07/15/2014 11:11am
The first major donations to President Barack Obama's presidential library are rolling in from New York and Chicago, two cities that are competing vigorously to host the future library.

Tulsa center ramping up junior wheelchair sports

07/15/2014 11:11am
As a young child, Kirstie VanBecelaere would sit outside and dribble a basketball for hours.

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

07/15/2014 11:16am
A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Bandit with arm sling sought in Sparks bank heist

07/15/2014 11:30am
Sparks police are looking for a bandit with one arm in a sling who robbed a bank in a grocery store near Red Hawk Golf Course.

Oklahoma education secretary to resign in August

07/15/2014 11:50am
A member of Gov. Mary Fallin's cabinet has announced plans to resign.

Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway

07/15/2014 12:00pm
A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.

Santa Fe Fire Department provides home visits

07/15/2014 12:10pm
Santa Fe has a new program underway to help residents with health problems before they need to call an ambulance.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin files notice to appeal 10-year sentence in corruption case

07/15/2014 12:20pm
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin files notice to appeal 10-year sentence in corruption case.

4 teens charged in New Jersey sex assault

07/15/2014 12:21pm
Four teenagers are facing charges in what authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone.

Prosecutors won't use graphic pics in sexting case

07/15/2014 12:32pm
Prosecutors say they won't use any photos of a 17-year-old's genitals in their effort to prove a sexting case against the teen.

Los Angeles judge halts cannabis farmers market

07/15/2014 12:41pm
A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.

Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor files appeal notice

07/15/2014 12:41pm
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal Tuesday in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years.

Former inmate sues Yellowstone County over cancer

07/15/2014 12:51pm
A former Yellowstone County jail inmate is suing the county alleging his throat cancer went undiagnosed for nearly a year despite his numerous complaints about pain and a lump in his throat.

Patrons love EBR Library's new 3-D printers

07/15/2014 1:31pm
Layer by plastic filament layer, the three 3-D printers at East Baton Rouge Parish's main library build real, solid objects. Patrons and librarians are thrilled.

9-year-old girl dies from brain-eating amoeba in water

07/15/2014 1:39pm
A brain-eating amoeba that lurks in fresh water has prompted warnings from Kansas officials after it killed a 9-year-old swimmer.

Judge upholds suit over Marine's missing heart

07/15/2014 1:43pm
The family of a Marine whose body came back from Greece without his heart can pursue negligence claims against the United States, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled. However, the judge found that Greek officials and the Athens hospital where the autopsy was performed are immune from the Pennsylvania family's lawsuit.

Authorities: Nebraska man spotted naked on I-80

07/15/2014 1:51pm
Authorities say a Nebraska man was walking around naked on Interstate 80 before damaging a passing vehicle.

Advocates sue New Jersey, Rutgers for calculations

07/15/2014 2:01pm
Affordable housing advocates have sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Rutgers University, accusing them of hiding calculations used to determine how much housing each town should provide for lower-income people.

Medical marijuana rules OK'd by Illinois committee

07/15/2014 2:01pm
An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state's medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits and get the new industry started.

Ultrarunner says he was hit by lightning in race

07/15/2014 2:11pm
Adam Campbell heard a huge cracking sound, saw a flash of light and said he was knocked to the ground as he ran across one of Colorado's tallest peaks during a 100-mile endurance race.

Missouri man gets 14 years in sex trafficking case

07/15/2014 2:21pm
A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island, where he sold her to a man for $40 and two packs of cigarettes to use for sex.

Sedgwick County reports 2 more measles cases

07/15/2014 2:21pm
Officials say two more cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County, bringing the total number of measles cases in Kansas this year to 11.

Pistol-wearing man allowed to vote in Alabama

07/15/2014 2:21pm
A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry was allowed to vote while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.

Washington state park closes over health scare

07/15/2014 2:30pm
Authorities in Kitsap County, Washington, have temporarily closed Horseshoe Lake County Park while they investigate an outbreak of norovirus-type illness.

Ohio inmate who shot to death ailing wife dies

07/15/2014 2:30pm
A 68-year-old Ohio man who said he acted out of love when he shot to death his ailing wife in her hospital bed died while serving his six-year sentence, his attorney and the state prisons department said Tuesday.

Medical marijuana sponsor gives nod to Gov. Quinn

07/15/2014 2:31pm
The Skokie Democrat who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana legislation is praising state officials and Gov. Pat Quinn for moving deliberately on regulations for the program.

Woman gets life for Northwest crime rampage

07/15/2014 2:41pm
A woman who took part in a Pacific Northwest killing rampage fueled by white supremacist beliefs apologized for her actions, but not her views.

Feds: Terror support defendant a risk to reoffend

07/15/2014 2:41pm
Authorities are worried that a British citizen facing sentencing for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan will return to the same conduct when he gets out of prison, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Officials eye changes to trapping after dog deaths

07/15/2014 2:41pm
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has agreed to look at new rules for trappers after body-gripping traps killed two pet dogs in northern Idaho last winter.

Death penalty may be sought in officer's slaying

07/15/2014 2:41pm
Indiana's largest county has twice sought the death penalty for those charged in the slaying of a police officer in the last 12 years, and is considering doing so a third time.

2 die in home explosion; propane fuel suspected

07/15/2014 2:51pm
A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.

US appeals court rules University of Texas can use race as factor in college admissions

07/15/2014 3:01pm
US appeals court rules University of Texas can use race as factor in college admissions.

Gardnerville woman, 95, dies in I-580 crash

07/15/2014 3:01pm
The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a single-car accident that killed a 95-year-old woman south of Reno and caused traffic to be diverted on part of U.S. Interstate 580 in the Washoe Valley.

Former Gov. Andrus recovering after cancer surgery

07/15/2014 3:01pm
Doctors removed part of the right lung of former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus earlier this month after finding a malignant tumor.

Woman found stuck but OK in park's quicksand

07/15/2014 3:11pm
A 78-year-old woman who was reported missing after she failed to show up to an event at a nearby library was found stuck in quicksand, authorities said.

Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

07/15/2014 3:20pm
The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.

Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

07/15/2014 3:21pm
A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court.

Authorities: Electrical failure caused deadly fire

07/15/2014 3:31pm
An apartment building fire that killed seven people was an accident caused by an electrical failure that began in a concealed space between two floors, authorities said Tuesday.

4 guards eyed in Mississippi prison football fight

07/15/2014 3:33pm
A plan to toss footballs packed with cellphones and knives into a prison is to blame for a brawl that injured nine inmates, Mississippi's top prison official said Tuesday.

Rock Springs band teacher's prison sentence upheld

07/15/2014 3:41pm
The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a 15-to-25-year prison sentence for a former Rock Springs High School band teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three female students, two of whom testified they didn't consider themselves victims.

Man rescued from base of raging waterfall

07/15/2014 3:50pm
Sheriff's deputies and firefighters have rescued a man who was trapped in rushing water at the base of a southwestern Washington waterfall after his legs got caught in rocks.

Marathon suspect wants to boost case to move trial

07/15/2014 3:50pm
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to allow them to bolster their request to move his trial outside of Massachusetts.

Rock dropped on car critically injures Ohio woman

07/15/2014 3:50pm
An Ohio teacher who was badly injured when some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a central Pennsylvania highway overpass onto her family's car was hospitalized in critical condition on Tuesday, police and her family said.

Biden vows to work closely with new Iraqi speaker

07/15/2014 3:50pm
Vice President Joe Biden is congratulating Iraq's new parliamentary speaker on his election and says he'll work closely with him.

A look at state regulations changed after review

07/15/2014 3:50pm
Gov. Nikki Haley touts the work of a task force she created last year to review business regulations. So far, 31 of Haley's 60 suggestions stemming from that review have been adopted:

Man's statement can't be used in sex-abuse trial

07/15/2014 3:51pm
Self-incriminating statements a former girls' school teacher made about sex-abuse allegations can't be used against him at his trial because the student's father scared him into confessing, a judge ruled.

Oklahoma Supreme Court allows Common Core repeal

07/15/2014 4:00pm
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools.

Guilty plea in robbery of 101-year-old NV veteran

07/15/2014 4:01pm
One of the two suspects arrested in the home invasion robbery of a 101-year-old World War II veteran has pleaded gulity to a felony robbery charge.

Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

07/15/2014 4:01pm
Protesters carrying signs saying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" faced off with immigrant rights activists in a small Arizona town Tuesday.

Ex-wife: Police officer joined KKK undercover

07/15/2014 4:20pm
The ex-wife of a police officer who left the department after a report tied him to the Ku Klux Klan told investigators that the couple joined the group as part of an undercover operation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

No charges for marshal in Utah courtroom shooting

07/15/2014 4:21pm
Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who shot and killed a defendant during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.

Idaho endowment fund hits record $1.7 billion

07/15/2014 4:21pm
Idaho's endowment fund hit a record of $1.73 billion after earning high returns on its investments over the past year.

Gun deaths outpace car deaths in Nevada; both down

07/15/2014 4:31pm
Researchers say Nevada deaths involving guns have once again outpaced deaths involving motor vehicles, although both types of deaths have declined over a five-year period.

Military gives new fighter limited OK to fly

07/15/2014 4:41pm
The Pentagon is resuming test flights of its new-generation F-35 fighter while investigating the cause of an engine fire last month, but the plane will operate with restrictions and will not fly in the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

Police: No evidence of shooting at Ohio University

07/15/2014 4:51pm
Campus police have found no evidence of a shooting at Ohio University after a report of a possible threat.