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Descendants of America's first Africans will mark 400 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 11:08pm

A family that traces its bloodline to America's first enslaved Africans will gather at its cemetery to reflect on their arrival 400 years ago.

Memorials for former governor Blanco move to her Cajun home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 11:06pm

Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region.

Tennessee lawmakers in session Friday to replace ex-speaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 11:06pm

Tennessee lawmakers are returning in a special session to replace a former speaker who became mired in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages.

Arrest warrant issued in ice cream-licking incident in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:51pm

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year-old man who authorities say posted social media video of himself licking ice cream from a carton in Texas and returning it to a supermarket freezer.

Suspicious device snarls traffic on George Washington Bridge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:41pm

Traffic has reopened on the George Washington Bridge after authorities investigated a suspicious package scare.

Man charged after 2 bodies found in pickup in St. Louis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:19pm

A 63-year-old man is charged with killing two people whose bodies were found in a pickup truck parked in St. Louis.

Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time

Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 7:52pm

A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn't at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry.

Hispanic journalist group returns Fox News conference money

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 7:22pm

The nation's largest Hispanic journalist group is rescinding Fox News' sponsorship of its upcoming annual conference in Texas and returning nearly $17,000 to the network in response to a radio host's comments about Latino immigrants.

Shoplifters locked into California store by employee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 6:48pm

Authorities say shoplifters trying to boost thousands of dollars' worth of sunglasses from a Southern California store found themselves locked inside by a quick-thinking employee.

The Latest: 7 go to hospital after Hawaii emergency landing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 6:09pm

The Latest on a Hawaiian Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after reports of smoke in the plane (all times local):

Justice Dept. sent anti-Semitic post to immigration judges

Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 6:05pm

The Justice Department's immigration arm sent judges a morning news briefing that included a blog post from a virulently anti-immigration website that also publishes work by white nationalists.

Man gets life sentence in young relative's death in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:42pm

A 27-year-old Mexican national has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in Texas after pleading guilty to capital murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was his cousin.

Employee charged in California hotel shooting threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:39pm

A Long Beach hotel worker who allegedly had an arsenal at his home has been charged with threatening a mass shooting at his workplace.

The Latest: Mountain lions killed after Colorado boy bitten

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:28pm

The Latest on a mountain lion attack in Colorado (all times local):

Arkansas man pleads guilty to mailing powder to senator

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:16pm

An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he mailed white powder to Sen. Tom Cotton's Washington office along with a letter that stated, "Maybe this will get your attention."

Pilot, passenger escape plane crash on Maine lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:08pm

Law enforcement officials say two men escaped serious injury when a float plane crashed into Rangeley Lake.

Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:56pm

The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command on Thursday released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed a day earlier during combat operations in Afghanistan.

7 sent to hospital after smoke fills cabin of Hawaii flight

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:29pm

Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii.

Animal rights group wants probe of SeaWorld dolphin shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:25pm

An animal rights group is asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate SeaWorld over allegations that it misled investors about injuries during its dolphin shows.