PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a 22-year-old Maine man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly says she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.
Police say Calais (KA'-lus) resident Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a backyard when the accident happened.
Kathleen Staples says she is going to reach out to...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection.
A computer overload prompted the spacecraft to partially shut down on July 4th — just days before the first-ever close flyby of Pluto. Flight controllers managed to regain contact with the spacecraft in just over an hour, and correct the situation.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has become the latest reminder of Chicago's ongoing struggle to combat gun violence and the gangs that police say are responsible for so much of it.
After Amari Brown was shot to death Saturday night, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters that investigators believe the intended victim was the boy's father — a known gang member with a long history of arrests. He said Brown is not cooperating with detectives
RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) — A beautiful but often deadly Vermont river gorge has taken another life.
Police tell The Burlington Free Press that 22-year-old Milton resident Elanie (ee-LAY'-nee) Santor was walking with two companions Sunday when she lost her footing, fell into the rushing, rain-swollen Huntington River and drowned.
The small Huntington Gorge in Richmond is marked by rapids, cascades and horsetails and is a popular spot for swimmers and nature...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group advocating for separation of church and state may propose that a Satanic statue be placed outside the Arkansas Statehouse after their first choice of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was scuttled by a state Supreme Court ruling barring all religious monuments.
The Satanic Temple says Arkansas' approval of a Ten Commandments display gives the group a right to erect the statue.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew O'Keefe, of Mansfield, has been charged with a felony count of posting an online threat against the president. He made an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston and was ordered held in custody.
According to court documents, when law enforcement officers tried to interview O'...
BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — Investigators say they have no suspects in the theft of $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by a man disguised as an armored truck driver.
Authorities say the suspect entered the Wal-Mart store in Bristow about 10:30 a.m. Saturday dressed similarly to a Loomis armored transport employee. The suspect strolled to the cash office, signed for the deposit and walked out of the store.
Wal-Mart employees called police after the real...