Fast-growing wildfire closes portion of Interstate 90

A fast-growing wildfire in the parched sage lands of central Washington state has grown to more than 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) and closed a portion of eastbound Interstate 90
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Kansas delays launch of new license plates

Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for its new vehicle plates
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Oregon State studies embers to fight spread of wildfires

An Oregon State University professor is using federal funding to conduct research on how embers form and spread during devastating wildfires
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Wisconsin community seeks solution after string of suicides

Several suicides by young people in a Madison suburb have the community struggling to find ways to address mental health among its youth
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Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Facebook says it has suspended a Boston-based analytics firm while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data
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Correction: State Budget-Cooper story

Correction: State Budget-Cooper story
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The Latest: AP source: Trump on tape about Playmate payment

A person familiar with an investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says the attorney secretly recorded Trump discussing a payment to an ex-Playboy model who said she had an affair with him.
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Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

Divers find four more bodies in Missouri lake where duck boat sank; death toll climbs to 17
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Former lawmaker facing domestic violence charges again

A former Delaware lawmaker has been arrested on charges of strangulation and assault
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LGBT group denied from Utah parade for fifth year

An LGBT support group has been denied from participating in an annual Salt Lake City parade for the fifth year in a row
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Colorado Spring Airport fire ruled accidental

Investigators say construction workers accidentally started the fire that damaged a section of the Colorado Springs Airport terminal last April
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Court: Cities can't regulate signs blasting businesses

Connecticut's Supreme Court says the state's cities don't have the authority to force people to remove signs from their property that criticize businesses
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Shelter official: Offer haven, not food, during heat wave

A leader at a New Orleans homeless shelter says people and groups who feed the homeless at encampments that develop along city streets and under bridges and overpasses may be doing more harm than good _ at least during the current heat wave
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Grand jury indicts Maryland newspaper shooting suspect

A grand jury has leveled 23 charges against a man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office, a prosecutor announced Friday
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Expert: GPS places Jordanian-born man at Texas slaying

A digital forensic expert says a GPS device owned by a Jordanian-born man on trial for capital murder places him at the same time and place of one of the 2012 Texas slayings
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Public safety director seeks clarity on lawmakers' immunity

The director for the Arizona Department of Public Safety has asked for clarification on an immunity law after a state legislator bragged about speeding during a traffic stop
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Mayor: 2-year-old found in hot car expected to survive

West Haven's mayor says a 2-year-old found with his 4-year-old brother inside a hot car on Thursday is expected to survive
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Hutchinson's son pleads not guilty to DWI charges

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son has pleaded not guilty to his fourth charge of driving while intoxicated
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Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs
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Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

A baby girl is guaranteed food for life and a job after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom in Texas
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2 arrested after officer killed in Hawaii, shooter sought

Authorities in Hawaii say two associates of a man suspected of killing a Big Island police officer have been arrested but the shooter remains at large.
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Excessive heat warnings issued for much of Arizona next week

Forecasters say it'll be dangerously hot across southern, central and western Arizona early next week
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The Latest: Forecasters: Iowa hit by at least 5 tornadoes

Forecasters say at least five tornadoes touched down as an unexpected swarm of destructive storms hit central Iowa
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New Jersey bans smoking on beaches and in parks, butt ...

New Jersey's governor signs a bill banning most smoking at public beaches and parks
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Woman injured by lightning strike at Country Thunder

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says a woman attending the Country Thunder Wisconsin Music Festival in Twin Lakes has been seriously injured by a lightning strike
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A look at candidates signed up for Louisiana's Nov. 6 ballot

The sign-up period for Louisiana's Nov. 6 primary election wraps up Friday
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GOP leaders make new rules after 'conservative' caucus forms

South Dakota Republican legislative leaders have a message for some more conservative party members who formed their own caucus: you're either in or you're out
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3 climbers rescued from Maroon Bells climb in Colorado

Three climbers have been rescued by helicopter from the Maroon Bells in Colorado
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Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries

Thousands of people were without power Friday after a flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa
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Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South

Scorching heat is spreading across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees and persist into next week
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Missoula man again charged with death of son in 2008

A Missoula man whose conviction for killing his 3-month-old son in 2008 was overturned has again pleaded not guilty to the charge
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Police officer killed in the line of duty laid to rest

A Massachusetts police officer killed while investigating a car crash was remembered at his funeral Mass as a family man, a fervent New England Patriots fan, and a "hero and patriot."
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Louisiana qualifying period ending, with top seats contested

All of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen face challengers seeking to oust them in the November election, though few opponents are well-financed
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Oregon State research targets embers in fight against fires

An Oregon State University professor is using federal funding to conduct research on how embers form and spread during devastating wildfires
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Idaho man in Bundy standoff sentenced to 14 years in prison

A judge has sentenced an Idaho man to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a standoff near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy
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Police find car sought in child's slaying; no arrests yet

Baltimore police have found a white Mercedes-Benz that was seen in the area where a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in an apparent drive-by shooting
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Man charged in deaths of 2 males found in Flint River

A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two males whose bodies were found under a door floating in the Flint River in Flint
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Ex-prosecutor plans lawsuit; short on signatures for AG race

A federal prosecutor who quit his job to launch an independent candidacy for Michigan attorney general says he doesn't have enough signatures to get on the ballot
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Water levels recede after glacial dam outburst in Juneau

Water levels have receded on Mendenhall Lake in Alaska's capital city following a glacial dam outburst
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Ohio State: 100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

Ohio State says over 100 ex-students shared accounts of sexual misconduct by now-dead team doctor under investigation
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Bread businesswoman, Alabama singer in business hall of fame

The founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls and the lead singer of the country music band Alabama are being honored by the University of Alabama's business school.
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The Latest: Branson helping victims of deadly boat accident

The mayor says residents of and visitors to the southwest Missouri city where a duck boat capsized, killing 17 people, have been donating food, drinks and flowers
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Popular pond closes in Boise due to blue-green algae

A popular recreation pond in Boise has closed due to toxin-producing blue-green algae
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NY Times: Trump was recorded talking of paying Playboy model

The New York Times says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded him discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model who said she had had an affair with him
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Portland removes straws from cafe, says others should follow

Maine's largest city is banning plastic straws from a cafe located inside City Hall and calling on other businesses to do the same
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Unemployment rate holds steady as state adds more jobs

State labor officials say Massachusetts added an estimated 21,400 jobs last month while the June unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent
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Dentist accused of having sexual contact with jail inmates

A dentist who did contract work at the Minnehaha County Jail has been charged with having sexual contact with at least five female inmates
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Community volunteers to patrol park that hosted fatal fight

A community group is volunteering to patrol the Maine park where a man was beaten to death
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Ohio State says over 100 ex-students shared accounts of sexual misconduct by now-dead team doctor under investigation

Ohio State says over 100 ex-students shared accounts of sexual misconduct by now-dead team doctor under investigation
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Police: Reckless groundhog hunter nearly shoots joggers

Police in Pennsylvania say a man attempting to eradicate groundhogs from his leased land nearly shot two passing joggers with a stray bullet
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More than 4K squatters occupy Detroit Land Bank homes

A newspaper investigation has found that squatters occupy as many as 4,300 of the 300,000 Detroit properties owned by the city's Land Bank Authority
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Governor says hacker tried to access government servers

Rhode Island's governor says a hacker tried to gain access to state government servers, but the attack was blocked
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LA County task force cracks down on prostitution

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says 36 adults have been arrested by a human-trafficking task force that also rescued two teenage girls identified as commercially sexually exploited children
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Motorcycle driver dies in crash with pickup in Sterling

A motorcycle driver died after striking a pickup in Sterling
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Woman accused abusing vulnerable man sentenced to probation

A caretaker accused of taking advantage of an elderly man before his death has been sentenced to probation
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Ohio State has '95 records of student complaint about doctor

Paperwork from 1995 shows a student health center director said a student's complaint about sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University doctor during an exam was the first such complaint he'd received
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Jetport, Maine airports getting FAA help for improvements

Several Maine airports are getting money from the Federal Aviation Administration to make repairs and improvements
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Authorities: FBI agent took improper photos of woman

Authorities say an FBI special agent illegally took photos of a 22-year-old woman with his cellphone while she was in a dressing room at a New Jersey clothing store
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Indiana authorities reach tentative settlement in jail death

A sheriff's department in southern Indiana has reached a tentative settlement with the father of a woman who died in detention
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Veteran newspaper reporter loses job in plagiarism probe

A veteran North Carolina newspaper reporter lost her job after editors found she used material from other publications in her stories without credit
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Grand jury indicts man accused of killing 5 in newsroom

A grand jury has leveled 23 charges against a man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at a Maryland newsroom
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Colorado Editorial Roundup

A roundup of newspaper editorials from around Colorado
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Motorcyclist strikes guardrail, dies at hospital

Police in New Hampshire say a motorcyclist struck a guardrail on a road and died of his injuries
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Troopers identify man killed in airplane crash near Willow

Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a man killed in an airplane crash near Willow
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The Latest: Storm knocked at least 31 power lines down

Authorities are cleaning up downed power lines strewn across a southern Nevada road after a thunderstorm brought high winds to the area Thursday night
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Audit: Systematic failures in Illinois' group home oversight

An Illinois state audit has found systemic failures in the licensing and oversight of thousands of taxpayer-funded group homes for adults with disabilities
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Former South Carolina youth pastor faces teen sex charges

A former youth minister at a church in South Carolina has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting several girls before he assumed the post
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North Dakota seeks federal money for pipeline protest costs

North Dakota is demanding $38 million from the federal government to reimburse the state for costs associated with policing large-scale and prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline
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Police consider new gear, weapons after newspaper shooting

Police in the Maryland county where five newspaper employees were killed last month is considering changes to the gear and weapons officers use when confronting gunmen
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Montana Editorial Roundup

A roundup of newspaper editorials from around Montana
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Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward with concerns that the extent of the inmate's childhood abuse was shielded at trial
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Cudd Energy Services settles racial harassment lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a Texas-based oilfield service company operating in North Dakota will pay $39,900 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit
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Ellsworth sees healthy growth in city construction projects

A number of upcoming projects in Ellsworth are keeping Maine building companies busy, with the city manager noting the number of building permits being issued this year is well above average
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Judge: 1 trial for parents charged in baby daughter's death

The parents accused of killing their 2-week-old baby in Georgia will stand trial together on charges including second-degree murder
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Commissioners order judge to follow county policies

Missoula County commissioners are instituting a new administrative structure in its Justice Courts to address the high turnover rate, lack of training and violation of county policy in the management of one judge's court
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101 dogs found abandoned during Utah fire evacuations

Eastern Utah animal shelters have taken in 101 dogs that were found abandoned in a Duchesne County home during fire evacuations
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Vermont unemployment remains unchanged for June

Vermont's unemployment rate for June remains unchanged from May, at 2.8 percent
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Fisherman missing after fall into Ugashik River

A fisherman who fell into the Ugashik River is missing
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The Latest: Ohio governor pushes September execution to May

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed the execution of a killer who was set to die in September after he said the inmate's attorneys stopped working on the case
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Defunct St. Gregory's minerals auction exceeds $10M in bids

Investors have paid more than $10 million in bids for assets involving oil and natural gas wells owned by the bankrupt St. Gregory's University in central Oklahoma as part of a court-ordered auction
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Man indicted in deadly New Jersey nor'easter road attack

A man accused of a deadly road rage incident that occurred during a nor'easter has been indicted on murder and weapons charges
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Court: Law doesn't bar sex-orientation discrimination on job

A federal appeals court in Atlanta is reaffirming its decision that workers aren't protected against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation
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Former scholarship student sentenced for drunken crash

A former Connecticut College student on a full scholarship has been sentenced to six months in prison for her role in a drunken driving crash that paralyzed a scooter operator
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Downed trees, tractor-trailer fire cause long traffic delays

Authorities say downed trees from a strong storm and a tractor-trailer that caught fire caused long delays for motorists headed southbound on an interstate between Lexington and Richmond in central Kentucky
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California's June unemployment rate unchanged at 4.2 percent

The California Employment Development Department says the state's unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in June
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Michigan finds high-level contaminants in 2 private wells

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has identified two private drinking wells near an Air National Guard base with high levels of chemical contaminants
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Hospital staff vote no confidence in parent company CEO

A Maine hospital's staff voted no confidence in the CEO of their parent company amid concerns over financial cuts
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Pilots recount rescue of suicidal man on Mount Hood

Pilots recount rescue of suicidal man on Mount Hood
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