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    Judge dismisses 25 lawsuits over 2015 Metro smoke incident

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed more than two dozen lawsuits against Metro and the District of Columbia over an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/2qp4OoV) that the plaintiffs asked for the 25 cases to be dismissed. That means they likely have reached a settlement […]
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks into Michie Stadium to give the commencement address, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in West Point, N.Y. Nine Hundred and thirty six cadets received their diplomas, most of whom will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the army. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) National News

    ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis sleeps well, keeps others awake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Watch out for the “Mad Dog” when the sun goes down. That’s the message Sunday from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose nickname has been used by President Donald Trump on Twitter. The Pentagon chief is a battle-hardened, tough-talking retired Marine Corps general who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands […]
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    Police: 4 kids, woman found safe after Tennessee abduction

    LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Tennessee are seeking a man in the abduction of four children and their mother who later were found safe. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 1-year-old Damaryious Crout, 3-year-old Tayvious Crout, 2-year-old Amaylah Manley and 8-year-old Adrik Manley were taken early Sunday in Lexington, Tennessee, along with […]
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    Shark with Twitter account detected off New Jersey coast

    CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — A great white shark with its own Twitter account has been detected off the coast of southern New Jersey — and she’s not alone. On Saturday afternoon, the shark known as Mary Lee was detected off Cape May. A male great white named Cisco also was detected nearby. Mary Lee […]
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    Authorities: Pedestrian hit, killed by police cruiser

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say a police cruiser hit and killed a pedestrian overnight on Cape Cod. Barnstable police Sgt. Jason Laber says the crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on state Route 28. State police say a preliminary reconstruction of the crash indicates the man had been walking in the center […]
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    Witness: 2016 Texas train crash, blast “like the Hindenburg”

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A witness to a deadly head-on train collision 11 months ago in the Texas Panhandle told federal investigators the ensuing blast looked “like the Hindenburg” airship famous in film and photos when it blew up in 1937. The Amarillo Globe-News reports (http://bit.ly/2qpdag8 ) documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, speaks in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on the opening day of the legislative session in Albany, N.Y. All 63 state senators take home stipends nicknamed "lulus" that add between $9,000 and $34,000 to their wages. "I believe all the members, Democrat, Republican, Assembly or Senate, are worthy of the compensation that they receive," Flanagan told reporters. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) National News

    New York senators’ scandal highlights vast stipend system

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. Extra work, the thinking goes, should equal extra pay. But few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York’s state senate, where nearly all 63 members take home stipends […]
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    4 killed, 5 injured in minivan-pickup crash in Wisconsin

    CORNELL, Wis. (AP) — Four people were killed and five others were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Cornell in northwestern Wisconsin, authorities said. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the crash happened around 5 p.m. Saturday when a northbound minivan either failed to yield or ran a stop sign and collided with a westbound […]
  • FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, a black bear is seen at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine. Nuisance bear complaints are an annual rite of spring in Maine, and state officials said they have begun this year. Bears emerge from hibernation hungry and many of the natural foods they eat in the wild, such as fruits and nuts, are not yet available. This sometimes causes them to seek human food from garbage cans and back porches.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) National News

    With bears on the rise, states hope to limit human conflicts

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Northern New England’s growing black bear population has awoken, and it’s coming for your garbage. A year after a spring and summer marked by a high number of nuisance bear complaints, wildlife officials are encouraging people and bears to try to keep their distance from each other this time around. Conflicts […]
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    Newspaper: Ohio had more than 4,000 overdose deaths in 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in a state among the hardest hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2r1jo4q ) the state’s 4,149 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 are a 36 percent increase […]