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Excommunicated founder of Mormon women's group steps down

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 02:30 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last year is stepping down from the organization.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1IXom0D) that Kate Kelly resigned earlier this week form the executive board of Ordain Women.

Chairwoman Debra Jenson said Friday that Kelly has earned a chance to move forward and focus on other causes.

Jenson says Kelly's work and talent will be missed and that her impact on women in the Mormon community is immeasurable.

Girl killed after being struck by jumping sturgeon in boat

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 02:27 PM

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 5-year-old Florida girl riding in a boat has died after a sturgeon leaped from the Suwannee River and struck her.

Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck Thursday night. Her mother and 9-year-old brother were also injured and taken to a Gainesville hospital. Their condition was not known.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said this is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Four people have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year.

Removal of animals from Alabama shelter continues

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:47 PM

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Volunteers will continue removing animals from a shelter in Alabama that's now the focus of a police investigation.

The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/1ChnyqC ) reports 125 dogs and 49 cats were removed Friday from the Animal Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County.

A 2nd monument to Confederacy defaced in Va.'s capital city

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:44 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A second monument in memory of the Confederacy has been vandalized in Richmond.

Media reports state that the base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was spray-painted with red paint either late Thursday or early Friday. The vandalism included an obscenity.

Police are investigating the defacement.

The monument in the city's Libby Hill neighborhood overlooks the James River.

The Jefferson Davis monument in the city's Fan District has been vandalized twice.

Team Africa wins Peachtree Cup at AJC Peachtree Road Race

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:41 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Team Africa beat Team USA to win the Peachtree Cup in an annual 10-kilometer run in Atlanta.

The first-place finish by Daniel Salel and a strong showing by Team Africa's three female runners cemented its win Saturday in the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The winners will earn a $42,000 prize.

Florida woman arrested for throwing kittens out car window

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:40 PM

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been arrested after authorities say she was spotted throwing kittens out her car window.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's deputies say a witness reported seeing 39-year-old Veronica Gordon throwing four small kittens alongside a highway in Navarre on Friday. Authorities said Gordon confessed.

The kittens are believed to be 7-weeks old. Only one was recovered and was found in poor condition. That kitten was taken to a vet.

Bald eagles soaring by the hundreds along James River

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:40 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bald eagles are back in record numbers along the James River, decades after they almost disappeared.

Aerial surveys in March and April show that 236 pairs of eagles produced 313 young this spring.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1KALzLS ) reports that as recently as 2000, there were just 56 eagle pairs in the James River region. In the mid-1970s, the majestic birds were nearly wiped out by pesticide pollution.

World Series of Poker's championship event starts Sunday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:32 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — They don't call it the Main Event for nothing. The road to crowning poker's next champion starts Sunday when several thousand people crowd around the green felt in Las Vegas competing in the World Series of Poker's Main Event.

Each player pays $10,000 to play.

The event no longer guarantees a $10 million top prize to the winner but will pay awards to the top 1,000 finishers after players told World Series of Poker organizers they would prefer a wider prize distribution.

Officer's lawyer: SLED missed bullets at Walter Scott scene

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:24 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The lawyer for a North Charleston police officer charged with murder says state police missed two bullets found by private investigators at the shooting scene two weeks later.

In a court filing obtained by The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/1Tcgi3n ), Michael Slager's lawyer asks a judge to require the State Law Enforcement Division to preserve all its evidence in the case.

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Oregon, no damage reported

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 01:22 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregonians woke on the Fourth of July to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene.

Hundreds of people reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the quake, which struck at 8:42 a.m. Saturday.

USGS Geophysicist Paul Caruso says there usually isn't any damage from quakes lower than magnitude 5.5.

City of Springfield officials said they haven't received any reports of damage from residents or to infrastructure.

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