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Memorable words from National Spelling Bee semifinals

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Memorable words and definitions from the semifinals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee: — ROLLMOPS: Pickled fillets of herring rolled into a cylindrical shape, often around a savory filling. Monisha Mahadevan, 14, of...
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Oil globs close Los Angeles-area beaches to swimming

AP Photo/Nick Ut MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore. The sand and surf on south Santa...

Rules aim to protect imperiled bird’s habitat in 10 states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government’s biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. The proposal...

Nebraska ends ban on driver’s licenses for immigrant youths

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska ended the nation’s last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, after the Legislature voted Thursday to override a veto from the state’s new Republican governor. Senators in...
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Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims

AP Photo/Vahid Salemi WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is hitting back at Iran’s allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. Executive editor Martin Baron says in a statement that Post reporter Jason Rezaian actually filled out...

Officers find liquor in small plane that hit tower

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground at Melbourne International Airport in central Florida. Christopher Hall was charged Wednesday with reckless operation of a vessel and child abuse...
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Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers

AP Photo CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police detective is suing to get his job back after being fired for posing in a photograph with another officer holding rifles over an unidentified black man lying on a floor and wearing deer antlers. The photograph, which is...

AP NewsBreak: FBI carefully probing Ohio Wal-Mart shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — The new head of the FBI’s Cincinnati division says agents are conducting a thorough review of last year’s fatal police shooting of a black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store. Angela Byers recently became the division’s special agent...
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Twice-caught fugitive’s clean life led to decades of freedom

AP Photo COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice. The first time, in 1975, the escaped inmate’s good behavior helped him avoid a trip back to prison when West Virginia’s governor refused to extradite him bac to Ohio,...

Georgia man pleads guilty to seeking to join Islamic State

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leon Nathan Davis had a family and a sales job – and says he left them behind last fall with a one-way ticket overseas and a plan to join the Islamic State group. The 37-year-old Augusta, Georgia, man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court...