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August 24, 2016 - 10:38am
11 hours 7 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres of scenic woodlands donated by the founder of Burt's Bees.

The formal announcement Wednesday came a day after reports that conservationist Roxanne Quimby's foundation had transferred the land to federal ownership. It fulfills Quimby's dream of gifting the land for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, which is Thursday.

Supporters say the...

August 24, 2016 - 10:35am
11 hours 7 min ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ciara is the final member of the celebrity judges panel for the 2017 Miss America competition.

The Miss America Organization made the announcement Wednesday.

The singer will join Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, musician and actress Laura Marano, NBA team owner and businessman Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.

The panel will...

August 24, 2016 - 10:33am
11 hours 7 min ago

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Thieves who stole 15 bottles of laundry detergent from a Massachusetts home have made a clean getaway.

New Bedford police Lt. Amos Melo says the homeowner called police Saturday night after returning home and finding that someone had used the stairs leading to the room where the laundry detergent was stored.

Melo tells The Standard-Times ( ) the detergent was worth about $250. Nothing else was taken from...

August 24, 2016 - 10:31am
11 hours 7 min ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Artur Samarin entered the pleas to passport fraud and Social Security fraud on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to separate fraud and sex charges in Dauphin County Court earlier this month. Authorities say he admitted lying about his identity to secure a free public education and having sex with an...

August 24, 2016 - 10:30am
11 hours 7 min ago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The father of a college student accused of randomly killing a couple and biting the dead husband's face says his son's organs are malfunctioning.

Dr. Wade Harrouff told The Palm Beach Post ( ) that his 19-year-old son, Austin Harrouff, who is in critical but stable condition, has a malfunctioning liver, fluid in his lungs and a bleeding esophagus. The South Florida dentist said the hospital is doing an MRI on Wednesday...

August 24, 2016 - 10:27am
11 hours 7 min ago

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) — The CEO of a Pennsylvania charter school is resigning after a mailer promoting the school mentioned a 2015 drug arrest at a nearby public high school.

Loraine Petrillo says she had nothing to do with the mailer but is resigning in the wake of the controversy it has caused for the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School in Catasauqua. She's remaining on the job temporarily so the school can open as planned Sept. 6.

The school...

August 24, 2016 - 10:24am
11 hours 17 min ago

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago judge has given an Islamic scholar until Sept. 12 to accept a plea deal on sexual abuse charges.

Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, founder of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, will go to trial Sept. 12 if he doesn't take the deal. He was accused in February 2015 of sexually abusing a then 22-year-old employee of the institute. In December 2015 he was charged with abusing a student of the school. Saleem has so far not...

August 24, 2016 - 10:16am
11 hours 27 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta plans to speak to new nursing students there this week.

Nancy Writebol will share her experiences working with a missionary group in Liberia and being treated at Emory. Emory University's School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley says Friday's convocation welcomes incoming nursing students and faculty to the campus in Atlanta.

Writebol was the second...

August 24, 2016 - 10:00am
11 hours 57 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.

The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes fell 3.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million. The decline marks a reversal from rising demand that pushed sales in June to their highest level since February 2007.

Fewer homes are coming onto the market, putting a...

August 24, 2016 - 9:46am
27 min 42 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Swimmer Katie Ledecky threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night before the Washington Nationals hosted the Baltimore Orioles.

Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, took off each and handed them to Bryce Harper before throwing the first pitch from just in front of the mound at Nationals Park. As the reigning National League MVP admired the medals, the Bethesda, Maryland, native tossed the ball to Washington...

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