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46 flights diverted from Phoenix airport after tower alarm |Sep 24, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) More than 45 flights headed to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were temporarily diverted after an alarm activated at the air traffic control tower.The Arizona Republic reported that Phoenix Fire crews responded to the...

Turnpike, Parkway rest stop makeovers evoking mixed feelings |Sep 24, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) For hundreds of thousands of weary travelers driving along the East Coast, the numerous rest stops that line the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway offer far more than simply a place to take a restroom break or have...

Average US gas price drops 7 cents as refineries bounce back |Sep 24, 2017

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.62.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes as flooded...

2 men shot, 1 fatally, in Los Angeles neighborhood |Sep 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Police say two men were shot, one fatally, in a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles.Officer Norma Eisenman says both victims were rushed to a hospital, where one died and the other was listed in critical condition.The...

Scientists: Desert turtle endangered, 100 left in Arizona |Sep 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) It may not be surprising that an "aquatic desert" turtle faces long odds in life, but environmentalists and biologists still welcomed this week's endangered species designation for the Sonoyta mud turtle.The U.S. Fish and...

Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside |Sep 23, 2017

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.Authorities tell KING-TV (http://kng5.tv/2fgIENi) that police in Lacey on Saturday...

Demi Lovato to help war-scarred children in Iraq |Sep 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Demi Lovato was named a Global Citizen ambassador at the organization's annual music festival Saturday, championing the mental health of thousands of children displaced within Iraq and other vulnerable communities.The singer and...

Dozens of sea turtles back in Georgia after Irma evacuation |Sep 23, 2017

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Dozens of sick, injured and newborn sea turtles are back in their tanks on the Georgia coast after evacuating nearly 450 miles (725 kilometers) to escape from Hurricane Irma.The Brunswick News reports the 29 turtles and...

Passenger stabs driver on Greyhound bound for Vegas |Sep 23, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) The driver of a Las Vegas-bound Greyhound bus who was stabbed by an unruly passenger near the California border said his assailant possibly was under the influence of drugs, according to authorities.Nevada Highway Patrol...

Delta: Mysterious website tricks people who put pets on jets |Sep 22, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) A website is tricking people into thinking they're dealing with Delta Air Lines when arranging for their pets to fly on jets, the Atlanta-based company maintains in a new federal lawsuit.The site DeltaPetTransit.com is designed...

Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes |Sep 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida's nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the...

Smaller pumpkin festival makes comeback after 2014 violence |Sep 22, 2017

KEENE, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire city is bringing back a pumpkin festival known for its record-setting jack-o-lanterns three years after violence forced its cancellation.Keene's mayor cast a tie-breaking City Council vote Thursday to bring back...

Ex-official: Legionnaires' seemed tied to Flint water switch |Sep 22, 2017

FLINT, Mich. (AP) Michigan's former director of disease control says she believes a spike in Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area is related to a switch in the city's water supply.Corinne Miller says she shared her belief with her boss in...

Dogs are roaming Mississippi university, scaring students |Sep 22, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A university in Mississippi's largest city is warning students to be on guard amid complaints about a pack of dogs barking and threatening people walking through campus.Jackson State University this week sent a notice to...

All of Blue Ridge Parkway open after Irma's heavy rains |Sep 22, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) The entire Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened after the heavy rains of Hurricane Irma forced the closure of some parts of it.The National Park Service said the last of the debris from the storm was cleared away Thursday at...

Leaders highlight early education for drug misuse prevention |Sep 22, 2017

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) More than 100 children in New Hampshire's largest city have witnessed an adult overdose in their home since 2016. Now, a police program that officials hope will be replicated elsewhere is working to prevent kids from...

Algae on river flowing into Lake Erie prompts warning |Sep 22, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Health officials in Ohio are telling children, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions not to swim in the river that flows through Toledo because of an algae outbreak.The Maumee (maw-MEE') River along the...

Lawsuit filed to stop mining near Yellowstone in Montana |Sep 22, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Opponents of mining near Yellowstone National Park filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a decision by Montana environmental regulators to allow a Canadian company to explore for precious metals just north of the park.The Park...

Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car |Sep 22, 2017

DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back.Police in Carroll Township in York County say the bizarre theft occurred...

'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer says |Sep 21, 2017

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) An argument broke out after a woman complained about a service dog being allowed inside a Delaware restaurant. The News Journal in Wilmington reported Wednesday that the video shows a woman yelling that...

The Latest: Hernandez's daughter suing NFL, Patriots |Sep 21, 2017

BOSTON (AP) The Latest on deceased NFL star Aaron Hernandez being diagnosed with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (all times local):4:20 p.m.Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez's daughter are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots...

Official charged in Flint water-related death faces hearing |Sep 21, 2017

FLINT, Mich. (AP) A Michigan official blamed in the death of a Flint-area man who had Legionnaires' disease faces a key hearing to determine whether he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.Nick Lyon is head of the Department of Health...

The Latest: Public hearing for disruptive passenger case |Sep 21, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) The Latest on an attempt to close a hearing for a man accused of inflight behavior that prompted fighter jets to escort the airplane (all times local):2:50 p.m.A federal judge in Hawaii has found a man mentally competent to stand...

Chicago woman found dead in gym bathroom after 2 days |Sep 21, 2017

BURR RIDGE, Ill. (AP) The son of a woman found dead in a suburban Chicago health club two days after she entered the facility wants more information about her death.Burr Ridge police say 78-year-old Patricia Austin of Chicago was pronounced...

Council urges Massachusetts museum to stop sale of art works |Sep 21, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the latest organization to come out against a Pittsfield museum's plan to sell 40 works of art including two by Norman Rockwell.An independent analysis by the state agency concludes...

Attorney: Final San Francisco plane crash lawsuit settled |Sep 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A California dentist who was aboard an Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco four years ago killing three girls and injuring roughly 200 others reached a settlement Thursday with the airline, ending what her...

Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage |Sep 21, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have reunited for their first public appearance since their group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.But unlike that terse ceremony, the Star Tribune...

State park's hiking trails close following bear attack |Sep 21, 2017

MILLBORO, Va. (AP) A black bear has attacked a woman at a state park in Virginia, prompting officials to close the park's hiking trails.Virginia State Parks spokesman Jim Meisner says the woman was hiking with two dogs in Douthat State Park in...

Police: Wedding DJ admits stealing newlyweds' gifted money |Sep 21, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) A wedding DJ must stand trial or work out a plea deal on charges he stole at least $600 in gifted money at a Pennsylvania wedding he worked.State police say 38-year-old Edward McCarty told them he was having financial...

Airlines hope to resume flights to devastated Puerto Rico |Sep 21, 2017

Airlines plan to resume flights to Puerto Rico as early as Friday after Hurricane Maria left the island territory without power.American Airlines says it plans to send its first plane to San Juan from Miami Friday morning. Spokesman Ross...

In Alaska town packed with cabs, bootleggers give you a ride |Sep 21, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A far-flung Alaska town is known for having streets that are among the most taxi-congested in the U.S. in proportion to the small number of people who call it home.For years, locals knew the cabdrivers as a source for...

Judge: Arizona doesn't have to reveal execution drug sources |Sep 21, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona does not have to reveal who provides its execution drugs, a judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit arguing that the information would help the public determine whether the death penalty is carried out humanely and promote...

Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died |Sep 21, 2017

DETROIT (AP) A relative says the baby born of a Michigan woman who chose to forgo chemotherapy to give birth to the child has died.Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann...

California hits Gatorade in court for "anti-water" videogame |Sep 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gatorade has agreed not to make disparaging comments about water as part of a $300,000 settlement reached Thursday with California over allegations it misleadingly portrayed water's benefits in a cellphone game where...

Los Angeles takes action against party houses |Sep 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles city attorney is taking legal action against two properties in the Hollywood Hills where neighbors have long complained of frequent large and disruptive parties.Prosecutors have filed a range of criminal charges...

Review: Apple Watch goes solo, but don't dump your phone yet |Sep 20, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the...

Police say man killed kitten with TV remote, shot another |Sep 20, 2017

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man has been charged with killing a kitten with a TV remote and shooting another with a BB gun.Police say officers responded to a report that two kittens had been killed inside a West Hartford apartment...

Filing: Auto training center funds laundered through hospice |Sep 20, 2017

DETROIT (AP) Money stolen from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center was laundered through a fake Detroit-area hospice center, according to a federal court filing.Tuesday's filing is a government forfeiture complaint that seeks to keep...

Kentucky judge dismisses challenge of medical marijuana ban |Sep 20, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) A Kentucky judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on marijuana for medical purposes.Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate recognized in a ruling Wednesday that marijuana has the potential for...

Nevada experiment mimics earthquakes to test bridge designs |Sep 20, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) A day after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City, University of Nevada scientists will mimic quakes to test new bridge designs developed to help the structures better withstand violent temblors.The engineers on Wednesday will...

Skydiver dies in Northern California from crash injuries |Sep 20, 2017

LODI, Calif. (AP) A skydiver who crashed last week in Northern California after a parachute malfunction has died.The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Brett Hawton, of Alamo, was jumping solo from a plane out of the Lodi...

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces |Sep 20, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses.The products announced Wednesday expand...

Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger |Sep 20, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she's dubbed "The Mad Pooper" by...

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments, other meds |Sep 20, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.The FDA...

California Editorial Rdp |Sep 20, 2017

Sept. 19Los Angeles Daily News on new law requiring 72-hour review period for billsThe new law that requires a 72-hour review period for bills before they are voted on by the California Legislature appears to be working to a degree.In past...

Courts question NY disability agency's right to prosecute |Sep 20, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A New York state agency created to protect people in institutional care from abuse and neglect has lost three criminal cases this year after judges ruled that it didn't have the power to prosecute.The rulings could jeopardize...

Suit: Pregnant Illinois officer forced to take unpaid leave |Sep 20, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) A suburban Chicago police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police chief refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant and later forced her to take unpaid leave months before she gave birth.Jennifer Panattoni...

Missouri couple gets an engagement redo on 'Jimmy Kimmel' |Sep 20, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A Missouri couple who accidentally dropped a $3,000 engagement ring into a pond has had a chance to redo their engagement proposal on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The Kansas City Star reports that a video on...

Rare Michelangelo drawing on display at LA's Getty Museum |Sep 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Visitors to Los Angeles' Getty Museum have an opportunity this fall to see a brilliant pen-and-ink drawing by Michelangelo that has been out of public view for centuries."Study of a Mourning Woman," drawn in the early 1500s,...

Lawsuit challenges law that only doctors perform abortions |Sep 20, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians.The two groups...