Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries

Flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing a hospital evacuation
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Panel: Confederate flag along Virginia highway can't stay

Local officials in a central Virginia county say a giant Confederate flag visible from an interstate highway has to come down because it violates a zoning ordinance
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Northam to visit free health clinic in Southwest Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam is set to visit a health clinic in Southwest Virginia that's expected to draw thousands of people seeking free care
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Kentucky's jobless rate rises slightly in June

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate increased slightly in June
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Google to string undersea cable from France to Virginia

Google says it will string a trans-Atlantic cable from France to Virginia
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Former lawmaker facing domestic violence charges again

A former Delaware lawmaker has been arrested on charges of strangulation and assault
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Not guilty plea from judge accused of indecent behavior

A Louisiana judge has entered a plea of not guilty to three felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and a misdemeanor sexual battery count
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EPA grant to help West Virginia prevent water pollution

West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say the state is receiving $1.2 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to battle surface water pollution
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Man in health care fraud arrested for violating bail terms

A man who convicted in a $200 million pharmacy fraud has been arrested for violating the terms of his bail
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Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

Nearly 150 stocky, bearded men resembling legendary author Ernest Hemingway are in Key West competing in the 38th annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
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Florida site of school massacre to get a therapy dog

The Florida high school where a mass shooting took place is getting a therapy dog to help students who need emotional support
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Mississippi zoo welcomes new baby sloth named Maple

A Mississippi zoo is welcoming a new baby sloth named Maple
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Pet bunny found safe after fire destroys Florida home

An accidental fire that destroyed a Florida home seemingly left nothing but debris
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West Virginia man found guilty of killing 3 men

A West Virginia man has been found guilty of fatally shooting three men, including a father and son, in 2016
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Bug, rodent, filth violations close Louisiana fish market

A fish market in Louisiana has been closed after state health inspectors say they found rodents, insects and a dog living inside it
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Tucson police arrest suspect in homicide case on west side

Police in Tucson say they've arrested a suspect in a homicide case on the city's west side
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Navajo County authorities investigate fatal hit-and-run case

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman from Heber/Overgaard
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Ozone advisory issued Friday for metro Phoenix

A high pollution advisory for ozone has been issued for metro Phoenix
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New Mexico to explore reuse of oil and gas wastewater

New Mexico is teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explore ways the wastewater that results from oil and gas operations can be reused or recycled
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Mexican national arrested for trying to smuggle Ritalin

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say a Mexican citizen on his bicycle tried to smuggle Ritalin across the border
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New Mexico Supreme Court upholds murder convictions of 2 men

The state Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder convictions of two men in separate cases stemming from killings in southeastern New Mexico
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Lawsuit targets clean energy ballot proposal

A ballot initiative to mandate the use of more clean energy in Arizona is facing a lawsuit seeking to knock it off the ballot over allegedly fraudulent signatures
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Xcel finishes $29M transmission project in New Mexico

Xcel Energy says it has completed a $29 million transmission project that will boost the capacity and reliability of the system that powers one eastern New Mexico city
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Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

A Missouri sheriff says at least 11 people are dead and seven others hospitalized after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a Branson lake.
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Kauai man sentenced to life in prison for 2016 killing

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2016 killing of a Kauai man
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Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Molokai

A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center's hospital on the Big Island
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Vietnam convicts, deports US man who joined rare protest

A Vietnamese court has convicted an American man of disturbing public order after he took part in a rare protest and ordered him deported
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Ice Alaska gets 10 new board members

The organization that plans the World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks has almost an entirely new slate of board members, including a resort owner and two out-of-state ice sculptors
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Federal Highway Administration kills Juneau road project

The federal government has officially killed a project to improve access to Alaska's capital nearly two years after Gov. Bill Walker halted the road extension
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Shark attack confirmed in 1 of 2 bites off Fire Island

Officials confirm one of two children bitten in the leg off New York's Fire Island was bitten by a shark
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Woman pleads guilty in death of Washington state man

A southern Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the beating and shooting of a man last year
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Police: 1 killed in crash involving car, dump truck

One person killed in crash involving a dump truck that backed up traffic for miles on a New Jersey highway
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Mother of suspects in Randle teen's death pleads not guilty

The mother of two suspects charged in the death of a 16-year-old Washington state boy has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rendering criminal assistance
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Kennywood Park announces new Steelers-themed coaster

Kennywood Park announces a Steelers-themed replacement for its longtime Log Jammer ride
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Oregon bans campfires, open flames at all state parks

Oregon has banned campfires and open flames at all state parks following Gov. Kate Brown's wildfire emergency declaration this week
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Man sentenced to prison over fake airport bomb threat

Ohio man who called in bomb threat so he wouldn't miss his flight sentenced to four months in prison
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AutoZone to pay $3 million for fatal crash

Auto parts retailer AutoZone to pay $3.3 million to the families of three people who were killed when a company truck struck their car
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Man pleads guilty to threatening Maine high school

Man pleads guilty to threatening Maine high school on social media, receives one-year deferred sentence
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State Auditor unable to measure business incentives

The Vermont State Auditor's office says it cannot measure the impact of the state's business incentives programs
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Assault leaves man with life-threatening injuries

Police say an assault near a New Hampshire bar left a man with life-threatening injuries
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Online benefits system upgrade finally set for July 21

Major software update scheduled this weekend for a troubled computer system for Rhode Island benefits programs
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Missouri inmates grow produce for food banks

A group of inmates at the Boonville Correctional Center are growing produce to donate to area food banks
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Memorial to honor Kansas City teen raped, dismembered

A $2,500 commemorative park bench to honor a teen, who was raped and dismembered in 1998, will soon be placed along a walking trail in Independence.
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Wichita police officer has new role involving animals

A 20-year veteran in the Wichita Police Department used to be afraid of dogs.
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Missouri college coach aims to inspire after facing cancer

A Missouri State assistant coach, who has been diagnosed with cancer, says she's on a mission to inspire others.
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CDC: Issues from preterm birth lead cause for infant deaths

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says complications from preterm birth and low birth weight are the second leading cause of infant death behind birth defects
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Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

A Missouri sheriff says at least eight people are dead and seven others hospitalized after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a Branson lake.
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Man charged in fatal shooting in Cook Out drive-thru

An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a man outside a Cook Out restaurant in North Carolina
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S Carolina man gets 30 years in girlfriend's shooting death

A South Carolina man has been sentenced to prison in the 2016 shooting death of his girlfriend
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Rosenstein defends charging Russians as a deterrent

The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom
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Time to clam up? Not in Maine, where bivalve lovers boogie

Maine's clam harvest might be down, but the state is still ready to celebrate in honor of the shellfish
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UMaine researchers seek to protect forest workers from ticks

Researchers at the University of Maine have been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try to help protect forest workers from tick-borne diseases
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WWII hero's lost Purple Heart being returned to his family

A lost Purple Heart medal is being returned to the family of an American sailor from New York City who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II
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Event marks 155th anniversary of Ohio Civil War battle

The state's history museum is marking the 155th anniversary of Ohio's only major Civil War battle
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SUNY Cobleskill team wins cattle judging competition

A team from SUNY Cobleskill has won a prestigious dairy cattle judging competition
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Coast Guard: Label kayaks and canoes to help responders

The Coast Guard is asking people to label their kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards with their names and phone numbers
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Old Buffalo school now solar-powered community center

A 91-year-old building that once housed a Buffalo school is now a solar-powered community hub
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NYPD ordered to record citizen encounters in pilot program

A federal court has ordered the New York Police Department to begin electronically recording all police-citizen investigative encounters, including low level interactions, as part of a pilot program to study the policy's potential benefits and costs
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Slain police officer to be laid to rest

A Massachusetts police officer who was shot and killed while investigating a car crash last weekend is being laid to rest
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Governor to sign ban on smoking at public beaches, parks

New Jersey's governor plans to sign a bill banning most smoking at public beaches and parks
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The Latest: Reward to find Hawaii suspect now at $30,000

The total reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who fatally shot a Hawaii police officer is now $30,000
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Hawaii police: Friends may be hiding police shooting suspect

Hawaii police believe a suspect wanted in the killing of the first officer to be fatally shot on the Big Island is being hidden by associates
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Minnesota inmate accused in guard's death has violent past

Inmate accused of killing a Minnesota corrections officer has a violent past and has been disciplined multiple times while incarcerated
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The Latest: California wildfire at 250 acres

Authorities say a wildfire near the Cleveland National Forest east of Los Angeles has burned 250 acres of brush and timber but no homes have been damaged
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The Latest: Washington fires close I-90, prompt evacuations

Authorities have closed a section of Interstate 90 in Washington state because of a fast-moving wildfire pushed by heavy winds
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Forest Service plans to grant access to Wolf Creek complex

A plan to build a residential and commercial complex near a remote southwestern Colorado ski area appears to be back on track after the U.S. Forest Service said it wanted to grant road access to a nearby highway
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NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended for up to four games under a new team policy
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Police: Toddler dies after 3½ hours in hot day-care van

Police say a 3-year-old boy has died after being left in a hot day care center van for 3½ hours parked outside the center in northwest Houston
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Whitefish man pleads not guilty in father's stabbing death

A Whitefish man accused of stabbing to death his 65-year-old father last week has pleaded not guilty
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The Latest: Oregon fire now nation's top priority wildfire

Authorities have designated a deadly wildfire in Oregon as the top firefighting priority nationwide
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Contrasting Virginia campaigns could affect control of House

As provocative Virginia GOP Senate candidate runs alone, Democrats are eager to campaign with their standard bearer
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Florida publication seeks FBI 9/11 records on family's ties

An online publication in Florida has asked a federal appeals court to order a trial on the release of records from the FBI's 9/11 Review Commission
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Fire, water damage made result in Pyramid House demolition

The owners of a suburban Chicago home that became a tourist attraction say an estimated $3 million in fire and water damage may force them to demolish the place
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4 indicted in Florida shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

A South Florida grand jury indicts four men on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion
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Police divers recover body of 5-year-old girl in Erie Canal

The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing has been recovered from the Erie Canal in upstate New York
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Suspect in San Francisco Chinatown killing dies before trial

A man charged with taking part in the 2006 killing of a San Francisco Chinatown businessman with criminal ties has died while awaiting trial
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The Latest: 2 exposed to chemicals at closed mining lab

Investigators say two workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals at a mining lab that was shut down by federal regulators and that forced the evacuation of a small southwestern Montana town
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Ex-assistant principal indicted for student sex assault

A former administrator at a Georgia high school is charged with sexually assaulting a student
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Police: Toddler dies after 4 hours in hot day-care van

Police say an 18-month-old child has died after being left in a hot day care center van for four hours parked outside the center in northwest Houston
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On-duty Phoenix police officer critically injured in crash

Authorities say an on-duty Phoenix police officer is in critical condition after a car crash
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More than 300 older children split at border are reunited

The Trump administration says it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with the parents after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds before a court-imposed deadline of next Thursday
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Woman temporarily becomes millionaire after account mix-up

Account mix-up causes Boston woman to become a short-term millionaire
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Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage and some injuries

Tornadoes have swept through central Iowa flattening buildings and damaging the courthouse in Marshalltown and hitting an agricultural machinery plant in Pella
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Police respond to candidates' fight over campaign signs

Two Democratic candidates for the Tennessee legislature say police responded to their altercation over campaign signs.
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Mississippi accountant indicted on tax-related charges

A Mississippi accountant, whose clients include a couple convicted of tax evasion, has been arraigned on 11 tax-related charges
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NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

New York City officials say there's no major public health threat after an aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, causing the evacuation of 49 buildings
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Helicopter mishap turns Army medical drill into real deal

Investigators were trying to determine Thursday why two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters were flying so close to four large nylon tents that blew down during a training exercise at a California military base, injuring 22 Army Reserve soldiers
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