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June 22, 2015 - 5:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A monthly report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation's egg producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report released Monday that May's national table egg production fell 6½ percent from last year to 6.86 billion eggs. Laying hen numbers fell 8 percent to 329 million as of June 1.

Iowa, the nation's egg leader, saw egg production fall 28 percent from year...

June 22, 2015 - 5:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors, attorneys representing injured inmates and New York City lawyers have reached a deal to curb violence at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

Prosecutors say in a letter filed in Manhattan federal court the federal consent decree will be monitored by an Oklahoma-based correction expert. The agreement says use-of-force policies will be re-written, thousands of video cameras will be installed and guards will be retrained....

June 22, 2015 - 5:15pm
1 week 3 days ago

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Six Flags Great America says its Sky Trek Tower ride will remain closed indefinitely after it came to a stop and riders needed to be escorted down a staircase.

Spokeswoman Katy Enrique says it took about two hours for all riders to be escorted down Sunday at the Gurnee, Illinois, park. She says no one was injured.

Enrique says the ride will remain closed for an inspection before reopening.


June 22, 2015 - 4:53pm
1 week 3 days ago

CENTER LOVELL, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest with her 210-year-old country inn as the prize.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday an investigation was opened into whether the "Win an Inn" contest violated laws governing games of chance.

The Boston Globe reported Monday that some contest losers felt the odds were stacked against them....

June 22, 2015 - 4:44pm
1 week 2 days ago

12:15 CDT

Authorities say at least seven people have been injured after severe storms that spawned at least one tornado tracked across northern Illinois.

High winds caused property damage and uprooted trees the Lee County community of Sublette on Monday night. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Schultz says one person in Woodhaven Association, a private camping resort, was hospitalized with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening....

June 22, 2015 - 4:38pm
1 week 3 days ago

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of 20 students wounded in a Pennsylvania high school stabbing says the wound to his torso was so severe teachers couldn't apply pressure to stop the bleeding because his liver was protruding from it.

Greg Keener was 15 when he was attacked in April 2014 at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, near Pittsburgh. Monday's testimony by the now-17-year-old Keener came on the first day of a pretrial hearing for 17-year-old stabbing suspect...

June 22, 2015 - 4:36pm
1 week 3 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Health officials think a Colorado teen who died of the plague had a less common form of the disease that's difficult to detect.

Sixteen-year-old Taylor Gaes (Gays) died June 8 after coming down with what seemed like a bad case of the flu. But tests later confirmed it was the plague, possibly spread by fleas on his family's rural property.

The most common type of plague, bubonic, affects the body's lymphatic system and causes tell-tale...

June 22, 2015 - 4:33pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday to memorialize the victims of a shooting at a historic black church.

Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel AME church where the shooting that killed nine people occurred.

Obama and first lady Michelle got to know the slain pastor, who also was state senator, during the...

June 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 week 3 days ago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer."

Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says it may be Stage 4, or at least a very advanced Stage 3.

He spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon in Annapolis, surrounded by members of his family and cabinet.

Hogan, a Republican who took office in January, says he's "shocked" by the news....

June 22, 2015 - 4:29pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State officials say tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill last month washed up on a Los Angeles County beach.

Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Monday that a tar ball found May 27 on Manhattan Beach was traced to the spill.

The finding is the first confirmation that tar found on Southern California beaches came from the Plains All American Pipeline that dumped up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil on the coast May 19....

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