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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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Symantec buying internet security firm Blue Coat

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Software security company Symantec Corp. is acquiring internet security firm Blue Coat Inc. for $4.65 billion, bolstering its mobile and cloud ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Trump says he is revoking Washington Post credentials

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Donald Trump said Monday his presidential campaign is revoking credentials provided to The Washington Post.

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Microsoft touts smaller, faster Xbox One game consoles at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Xbox One is shrinking in size and growing in power.

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Man nearly decapitated neighbor with machete

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A man called police to accuse his neighbor of stealing alcohol before he nearly decapitated him with a machete and buried his ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


USA charitable giving rate tops more than $1 billion a day

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are now donating to charities and nonprofits at a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day, according to the ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Orlando killer appears to be ‘homegrown extremist’ for Islam

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman whose attack on a gay nightclub left 49 victims dead appears to have been a "homegrown extremist" who espoused support ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Fiery Trump, sober Clinton at odds over Orlando attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump vowed Monday to impose a broad ban on immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Did delay in response give shooter more time?

ORLANANDO (AP) - As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Club shooting survivor feels guilt for living

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Luis Burbano felt his bones shake when the bullets started flying early Sunday morning in the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Assault weapons easier to buy in Florida than handgun

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Military-style assault weapons like the one Omar Mateen used to blast away at an Orlando nightclub remain legal and easy to purchase ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Militants behead Canadian hostage

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed in two months ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Police couple killed outside Paris, child is rescued

PARIS (AP) - A knife-wielding attacker stabbed a senior police officer to death Monday evening outside his home in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


D-Day flag from US boat sells for $514K at auction

DALLAS (AP) - The U.S. flag flown on the stern of the boat that led the first American troops onto Utah Beach on D-Day was ...

June 12, 2016 | | Nation


Memorial honors soldiers of ‘secret war’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new memorial on the Minnesota Capitol grounds honors soldiers of the "secret war" in Laos.

June 12, 2016 | | Nation


Armstrong to join cyclists honoring 5 killed in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Lance Armstrong plans to be in Kalamazoo for a "Finishing the Ride" event in honor of the five cyclists killed when they ...

June 12, 2016 | | Nation


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