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May 24, 2015 - 11:34am
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GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the effects of a hurricane.

After a scramble to get ready for the all-important Memorial Day weekend, most marinas are back in business, although many are behind schedule and still in need of costly repairs to operate at full capacity....

May 24, 2015 - 11:01am
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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Gulf Coast governor's mansion is vacant this Memorial Day weekend. And every other day, for that matter.

The 50-year-old house and land are worth $1 million, but the state hasn't repaired the building since it was damaged by a hurricane 18 years ago.

Fixing the mansion could present a political risk amid Statehouse debates over tax increases, and Gov. Robert Bentley doesn't need the house because he owns property...

May 24, 2015 - 11:01am
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DETROIT (AP) — A tanker truck has exploded and caught on fire in Detroit, prompting authorities to shut down Interstate 75 and Interstate 375 in downtown Detroit.

Michael State Police Lt. Michael Shaw told WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Free Press that a tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel exploded about 8:45 a.m. Sunday and caught fire. The driver was not hurt.

He said authorities are trying to determine how the fire started....

May 24, 2015 - 10:58am
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind" has died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey. John Forbes Nash Jr. was 86.

Police say John and Alicia Nash were killed in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday. A colleague who had accepted an award with Nash in Norway says the couple had taken a taxi from the Newark airport.

John...

May 24, 2015 - 10:56am
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son's circumcision has been released from jail.

Heather Hironimus spent nine nights behind bars. The 31-year-old woman was released late Saturday.

Hironimus fled with her 4-year-old son as her legal options fighting the boy's surgery dwindled. She had been charged with contempt of court and interference with child custody.

The contempt charge...

May 24, 2015 - 10:45am
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.

The 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in 1864. Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.

The shipwreck is being removed as part of a $...

May 24, 2015 - 10:09am
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DETROIT (AP) — A new book says wishing living U.S. military veterans a "Happy Memorial Day" might be well-intentioned but misses the mark on an occasion meant for remembering those who lost their lives.

"100 Questions and Answers About Veterans," was researched and written by a Michigan State University journalism class with assistance from former servicemen and women.

Course instructor Joe Grimm says "veterans are distinct cultural group" and...

May 24, 2015 - 9:55am
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Gov. John Kasich has praised the mostly peaceful protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire.

Kasich said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that people in Cleveland should be proud and that their response should serve as a model for the nation.

Kasich said "the verdict is the verdict" when asked whether patrolman Michael Brelo's...

May 24, 2015 - 9:03am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The roar of motorcycle engines is filling the air in the nation's capital.

Organizers say hundreds of thousands of bikers and spectators gather every Memorial Day weekend for the Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom." The event got its start in 1988 and it honors military veterans and members of the military missing in action.

Bikers rally at the Pentagon all morning Sunday, then cross the Memorial Bridge at noon and cruise around the...

May 24, 2015 - 9:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight."

In an unusually candid assessment, Carter says Iraqi forces vastly outnumbered the opposition in Ramadi, but failed to fight and pulled back from the provincial capital in central Iraq.

Carter says the United States can provide training, weapons and air support in the fight against the Islamic...

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