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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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FBI warns of possible election-system hacks

NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Older refugee students win order to let them attend regular high school

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Refugee students who accused a central Pennsylvania school district of diverting them into an alternative school have won a court ruling allowing ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Officer pulls man from tracks just before train arrives

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey Transit police officer is being hailed as a hero for pulling a man from the tracks and out ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Takata troubles worsen as truck explodes, kills Texas woman

DETROIT (AP) - Air bag maker Takata Corp.'s troubles worsened Monday as the company confirmed that a truck carrying its inflators and a volatile chemical ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

School asks Supreme Court to hear transgender bathroom case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Clinton aide Abedin dumps husband

NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is done playing the good wife to Anthony Weiner, announcing Monday she is leaving the serially sexting ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

FAA forecast anticipates 600,000 commercial drones within year

WASHINGTON (AP) - There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Mondelez says it ended talks to buy Hershey

NEW YORK (AP) - Oreo cookie maker Mondelez says it has ended discussions to buy The Hershey Co, a combination that would have created a global ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice ...

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.

August 29, 2016 | | Nation

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