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May 28, 2016 - 9:28am
2 days 6 hours ago

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Dick Van Dyke plans to return this summer to the eastern Illinois town where he grew up to lead a fundraising drive aimed at saving his childhood home.

Van Dyke announced Friday that he will make two fundraising appearances at events in Danville on June 24. Money raised will be used for the restoration effort on his house.

The 90-year-old Van Dyke said in the announcement that he has always been the "same Midwestern nerd" people...

May 28, 2016 - 9:22am
2 days 6 hours ago

CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying once more to inflate a new experimental room at the International Space Station.

On Saturday, astronaut Jeffrey Williams introduced more air into the compartment, 22 seconds' worth, then eight seconds.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, barely expanded during Thursday's first inflation attempt. Experts believe the soft-sided compartment was packed up tight for so long before last month's launch...

May 28, 2016 - 8:31am
1 day 9 hours ago

The Latest on severe weather and flooding around the U.S. (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

A rising river swollen by torrential rain this week has prompted another Texas city to order a mandatory evacuation of some homes.

Officials in Rosenberg — located 35 miles southwest of Houston — on Saturday ordered the evacuation of houses in several neighborhoods near the Brazos River. The evacuation order was to take effect at 2 p.m. Sunday...

May 28, 2016 - 8:27am
2 days 7 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are expected to begin the task of raising the wreckage of a vintage World War II plane that crashed into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, killing the pilot.

Authorities are expected to work Saturday at lifting the single-seat plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt that crashed Friday. The American Airpower Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 Thunderbolt this weekend.

New York police say that scuba...

May 28, 2016 - 3:31am
2 days 7 hours ago

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's gallery features an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy watching a bonfire during a religious celebration in Jerusalem; protesters running from tear gas fired by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad; and people walking through heavy rain during a storm in Cuzco, Peru.

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May 28, 2016 - 2:48am
2 days 14 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is relying on information it won't make public to dispute an Associated Press investigation that found the military misled Congress about sexual assault cases to blunt support for Senate legislation.

In a report sent Thursday to a bipartisan group of senators, the Pentagon refers to undisclosed files about several of the cases to challenge AP's findings. But the response, which faults AP for inconsistencies and misunderstandings, fails to...

May 28, 2016 - 2:34am
2 days 14 hours ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Fast moving airport security lines at the start of the Memorial Day weekend may bode well for return travelers Monday.

Travelers reported moving quickly through airport checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.

The extra dogs were concentrated at the nation's largest airports, but they were not used for all screenings. Many...

May 28, 2016 - 2:27am
2 days 14 hours ago

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas are bracing for the possibility of more rain over the long Memorial Day weekend after flooding there killed one person and left three others missing.

The forecasts through the holiday weekend called for scattered or isolated thunderstorms in Central and Southeast Texas. But officials say they will be monitoring local rivers and waterways, which could rise out of their banks in the coming days due to the heavy rains....

May 28, 2016 - 12:58am
2 days 14 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The family of a hiker who died after getting lost on the Appalachian Trail in Maine isn't going to second-guess searchers.

A statement Friday evening says Geraldine Largay's family members witnessed the efforts of hundreds of searchers and that they know from visiting the location of her death how difficult it would've been to find her.

Documents released by the Maine Warden Service this week under Freedom of Access Act requests...

May 27, 2016 - 11:48pm
2 days 15 hours ago

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The ex-owner of an abandoned North Texas mortuary where bodies were found unattended in 2014 has pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts of abuse of a corpse.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/24cuvkD ) Dondre Johnson pleaded guilty Friday in Tarrant County.

In September, Johnson had been sentenced to two years in state jail after a theft conviction for taking money from families for cremation and burial...

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