In Maine, sustainability showdown scraps seaweed shindig

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Seaweed Festival is a dream day for New England's natural food lovers, who spend the day munching on seaweed granola and schmoozing with kelp harvesters at a daylong party astride sun-splashed Casco Bay….

At gay pride parades, a year to weave sorrow and celebration

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after New York City's jubilant pride parade celebrated a high point for gay Americans with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere surrounding the annual march couldn't be more different….

24 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Surrounded by muddy devastation, Cathy Light and her husband Chris thought it was "heaven sent" they had free burgers to munch on in a Clendenin parking lot Saturday….

Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at Pulse

MIAMI (AP) — Law enforcement officials immediately suspected terrorism and adjusted their staging areas due to fears about an explosive device as they responded to reports of shots fired at a gay nightclub in Orlando, according to sheriff's office incident reports...

Gangs suspected in fatal Fort Worth dance studio shooting

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Officers are preparing to make arrests in connection with the suspected gang-related shootings that left two people dead and at least five others injured Saturday morning during an unauthorized party at a Texas dance studio, a police spokesman...

Texas mother fatally shoots 2 daughters; police kill her

FULSHEAR, Texas (AP) — Police say a Houston-area woman fatally shot her two daughters before officers shot and killed her….

The Latest: Central California wildfire claims 150 homes

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):…

Deaf teacher’s quest for armed service inspires students

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Four teens in camouflage fatigues march briskly around a brick plaza at the Maryland School for the Deaf, silently marking their cadence in American Sign Language: "Left!" ''Left!"…

Black bear cub makes brief escape at Ohio zoo before capture

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zoo officials in Ohio say a black bear cub briefly escaped its enclosure before being corralled and sedated….

Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees that left cavities behind as they decayed over the years, researchers have...