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July 1, 2015 - 1:25pm
12 min 56 sec ago

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine have used a drone to deliver a lifejacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river.

Two boys needed rescuing Tuesday afternoon after their tube overturned in the Little Androscoggin River. Only one was wearing a lifejacket.

Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma tells WGME ( ) that before attempting a rescue, crews wanted to get a lifejacket to the boy without one....

July 1, 2015 - 1:22pm
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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players have sued the university, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by creating a racially hostile environment.

The players accuse the coaches of holding segregated practices and using more severe discipline for black players, among other things, since Bollant was hired in 2012.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court names...

July 1, 2015 - 1:18pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Comets are basically dirty snowballs, but it turns out they can have a very Earth-like feature: sinkholes.

That's what scientists think after analyzing data from a comet observed by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. The researchers suggest that 18 large holes on its surface are sinkholes, created by the collapse of its surface into a porous interior.

Some pits are hundreds of yards deep, which gives glimpses of the comet...

July 1, 2015 - 1:14pm
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Purple Heart medals have been awarded to the family of an Arkansas soldier who was killed and to another soldier who was wounded in a shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center in 2009.

The awards presented during a ceremony Monday at the Arkansas State Capitol followed a six-year fight to honor the men.

Pvt. William Long of Conway was killed and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula (EEZ'-uh-gway-luh) of Jacksonville was...

July 1, 2015 - 12:50pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say Defense Secretary Ash Carter will recommend that Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, a commander who served in Iraq's western province during one of the most violent periods of the war, be named the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the recommendation yet.

Neller was deputy commander in Anbar province from 2005-2007. That region has again...

July 1, 2015 - 12:47pm
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital.

Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he's starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy. The governor posted a photo of himself with his wife and daughter in the hospital. He is expected to leave the hospital Wednesday night.

Hogan is being treated at the...

July 1, 2015 - 12:46pm
12 min 56 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak has joined a bid to have the lawsuits filed over a deadly crash in Philadelphia consolidated before the same federal judge.

Lawyers for some of the eight people killed and 200 injured when the speeding train derailed initiated the request.

Amtrak says 19 lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The rail company says its liability is capped at $200 million.

The pending lawsuits...

July 1, 2015 - 12:39pm
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles.

The Orange County Register reports ( ) that Chrissie Frickman was boating with her husband and two children June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the animals jumped on the vessel, knocking Frickman over and landing on her legs.

Her husband, Dirk, pulled her out and called...

July 1, 2015 - 12:32pm
12 min 56 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service won't grant the District of Columbia a new lease for the site of the Washington Redskins' former stadium in part because Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposes the team's name.

The Washington Post ( reports that according to an Interior Department spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw, Jewell reiterated that position to Mayor Muriel Bowser during a meeting in late April.


July 1, 2015 - 12:10pm
32 min 56 sec ago

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland farmer accused of neglecting and starving his cows, goats and sheep is testifying in his defense in Frederick, where his trial resumed Wednesday.

Sixty-one-year-old Daniel Rohrer Jr. of Boonsboro, western Maryland, has denied mistreating his animals. He's charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty.

A district court bench trial began in May but was suspended due to court time constraints. The state had rested in May...

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