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Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Deaths of Maine parents, son were murder-suicide

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) - The deaths of three members of a family were a double murder followed by a suicide, state police said on Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

SC Senate votes to remove flag from Capitol grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Los Angeles chief must take questions in shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Immigrant blames judicial error for deportation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An immigrant who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation should be allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a judicial error at a hearing more than a decade ago, his attorney said Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Deaths in Chicago highlights city’s gang warfare

CHICAGO (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.

July 06, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Nation

Standoff over password breaks new ground

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Deteriorating nails blamed for N.Carolina deck collapse

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 people as they posed for a picture at a North Carolina beachfront home, authorities said.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Arizona prison to relocate more than 350 additional inmates

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

‘Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

NEW YORK (AP) - July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Escapee will now spend 23 hours a day in a cell

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two people were killed and three remained missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit a barge and capsized in the Ohio River, Kentucky authorities Asaid Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation

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San Bernardino still bleeding

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - When Betty Saffi moved to San Bernardino a year ago, she was thrilled to slash her commute time and slice $400 off ...

September 23, 2016 | | Nation

Drought saps Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Donald Trump steps deeper into race debate

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Stepping deeper into America's race debate, Donald Trump on Thursday warned African-American protesters that their outrage was creating suffering in their own ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Third night of Charlotte protests stay largely peaceful

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Protesters massed on Charlotte's streets for a third night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Weiner online chats with teen investigated in 2 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Online communications between disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and a 15-year-old girl are being investigated by law enforcement agencies in New York ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) - A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Yahoo hack steals personal info from 500M accounts

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

LinkedIn adding news feeds, ‘bots’ & training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Luxury stores add more amenities in tougher market

NEW YORK (AP) - Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Tesla update halts automatic steering

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation

Chicago hiring 970 more cops

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Girl, 15, pepper sprayed, charged after bike crash

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Charlotte under state of emergency for 2nd night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

Missouri man accused of sexually attacking, killing teen daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his high school honors student daughter and leaving her body in a ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

‘Potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation

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