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August 30, 2015 - 6:14pm
11 hours 58 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Prison officials say they have confirmed six San Quentin State Prison inmates are ill with Legionnaires' disease.

State corrections department spokeswoman Dana Simas said Sunday another 51 inmates are under observation at the prison's medical unit.

Simas says cooking at the prison has stopped because Legionella bacteria grow in water and spread through water molecules. Inmates are being served boxed meals....

August 30, 2015 - 5:45pm
12 hours 28 min ago

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in a eulogy says the three dedicated their lives to protecting national forests and the communities around them, and for that everyone should be grateful.

The memorial service for 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard...

August 30, 2015 - 5:06pm
12 hours 28 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.

He's giving the mountain its traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.

Denali is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one." The name has long been a sore spot for Alaskans, who have informally called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali for years.

The...

August 30, 2015 - 4:23pm
12 hours 38 min ago

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Community religious leaders have gathered to remember two television journalists who were shot and killed last week.

The interfaith service for 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward was held Sunday at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.

The gathering featured music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others.

In his remarks, WDBJ-TV General Manager Jeff Marks spoke about...

August 30, 2015 - 4:07pm
12 hours 38 min ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The mayor of Milwaukee is proposing equipping all of the city's police officers on the street with body cameras by the end of next year.

Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday announced the plan, first reported by the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1N31TpU). The proposal comes after tense episodes between police and Milwaukee's African-American community.

Locally, more than 2,000 people signed an online petition last year urging the city to...

August 30, 2015 - 3:58pm
12 hours 38 min ago

ANDALUSIA, Pa. (AP) — Nelson Shanks, renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to royalty, has died. He was 77.

Shanks died Friday at his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, according to Bill Wedo, spokesman for the Studio Incamminati art school Shanks founded with his wife, Leona.

Shanks painted well-known figures such as Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II and presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton....

August 30, 2015 - 3:40pm
12 hours 48 min ago

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say a wood-boring beetle in a cargo container at the Port of Norfolk is the first of its kind to be found in the United States.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agriculture specialists discovered the beetle among untreated wooden pallets from Poland.

The pest is a type of bark beetle that lives and feeds in and under the bark of trees. Its scientific name is Pityophthorus glabratus Eichhoff....

August 30, 2015 - 3:08pm
12 hours 48 min ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days says she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg.

Miyuki Harwood's family says in a statement Sunday that she is asking for "uninterrupted rest and quiet."

The 62-year-old Harwood was found Saturday morning in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest after she used a whistle to get the...

August 30, 2015 - 3:04pm
12 hours 48 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds gathered to remember a 9-year-old girl who was killed when shots were fired into her Ferguson home as she did homework on her mother's bed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fPrcwZ ) reports that fourth-grade classmates of Jamyla Bolden sang in front of her casket Saturday. The shooting Aug. 18 in the St. Louis suburb also left Jamyla's 34-year-old mother wounded. After searching more than a week, authorities charged a 21-year-old O'...

August 30, 2015 - 2:37pm
12 hours 48 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — The parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff are speaking out about the foundation they established to honor his legacy and their disappointment with the U.S. government in a rare interviewing marking the 1-year anniversary of his death.

South Florida residents Shirley and Arthur Sotloff have spoken little since The Islamic State group released a video showing a jihadi behead American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff on September 2, 2014. Their pain is...

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