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Commuter train crash injures dozens, none critically

A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a transit spokeswoman said.

Man who shot judge was stopped earlier for faulty headlight

The man who shot a judge outside a courthouse was stopped by a police officer hours earlier for having a defective headlight as he drove downtown in the early morning darkness, authorities said.

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is

The Civil War lessons taught to American students often depend on where the classroom is, with schools presenting accounts of the conflict that vary from state to state and even district to district.

Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.

Priest takes leave after disclosing past in the Ku Klux Klan

A Virginia priest is taking a leave of absence after disclosing he once was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Deadly shooting ends friendships forged in neo-Nazi group

The friendship of the four young roommates — though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division — never seemed destined for bloodshed.

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.

'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I.

Eclipse science: From galloping giraffes to solar wisps

The giraffes ran in circles. The flamingos huddled together. And the rhinos just looked confused.

Denver soon to license pot clubs, but few may open

Colorado's largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs.

Anger over rally violence boils over in Charlottesville

Anger boiled over at the first Charlottesville City Council meeting since a white nationalist rally in the city descended into violent chaos, with some residents screaming and cursing at councilors Monday night and calling for their resignations.

Confederate flags in NYC window met with rocks, suit, tarp

The Confederate flags had been in a Manhattan apartment window for over a year. And then, in a matter of days last week, they were met with hurled rocks, a punched-out window, a tarp hung over them and legal action.

Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

Where's the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape

Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time.

Cosby seeks new legal team ahead of sexual assault retrial

Bill Cosby wants a judge to sign off on a swap that would give him a fresh new legal team ahead of his sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania in November.

Americans stake out prime viewing spots to watch the eclipse

Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun for a magical couple of minutes Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each ...

Parents die, kids hospitalized after family falls off cliff

A family hike in a western New York gorge turned tragic when a mother and father died after falling off a cliff and their 4-year-old son was seriously injured, authorities said.

Stone Mountain another test for Confederate symbols

The huge raised-relief images show a Confederate trinity sitting astride their horses, high above the ground. Hats held across their chests, President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson ride across the face of Stone Mountain into faded glory.

Judge shot, wounded near Ohio courthouse; suspect killed

A judge was shot and wounded Monday morning as he walked toward his county's courthouse, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said.

AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes

Hispanics in the United States have a longer life expectancy, but a poll finds few older Latinos are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.

Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

Stone Mountain poses another test for Confederate symbols

The huge raised-relief images show a Confederate trinity sitting astride their horses, high above the ground. Hats held across their chests, President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson ride across the face of Stone Mountain into faded glory.

Bad immigration lawyers hard to find, harder to stop

Soon after he opened his office serving immigrants fighting to stay in the United States, Raed Gonzalez became a lawyer who goes after other lawyers.

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host dies, at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was ...

Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years.

Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science

Two hairs that looked like the victim's; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim's popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best.

Fallen forensics: What a 2016 report has to say about them

Defense lawyers have long questioned the reliability of some forensic science methods, but over the past decade, the debate has intensified. Two highly critical reports found that with the exception of DNA, many methods have not been tested rigorously enough to be considered scientifically valid.

Lewis' MDA telethons were full of emotion, star appearances

Jerry Lewis, whose career as producer-director-writer and movie star peaked in the 1960s, may be best remembered by younger generations for the muscular dystrophy telethons he conducted every Labor Day weekend.

1979 Klan-Nazi attack survivor hopes for a 'justice river'

The Rev. Nelson Johnson needs no reminders of the massacre of five of his labor-activist friends almost 40 years ago — he still has the faded scar on his left arm, left by a Nazi who stabbed him as white supremacists descended on a march for workers through black neighborhoods in Greensboro.

Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime.

Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new 'Obamacare' crisis

Don't make things worse.

Mastermind of lottery fraud faces 25-year prison sentence

A former lottery computer programmer who's pleaded guilty in Iowa to running a criminal scheme that allowed him to collect $2 million in lottery winnings in four states is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston "free speech rally"

Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group in Boston that planned a "free speech rally" a week after a violent clash rocked Virginia and reverberated across the U.S.

Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Numbers drawn for Powerball jackpot, estimated at $535M

The numbers have been drawn for one of the nation's biggest lottery jackpots.

Trump to visit Marine base in Yuma before Phoenix rally

The White House says President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a Marine Corps base in Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes.

The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

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Suspect arrested in killing, wounding of Fla. officers

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Florida and the grave wounding of a sergeant was arrested several hours after the attack in a bar, authorities said Saturday.

Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.

1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday.

Northwestern prof, Oxford staffer extradited to Chicago

Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing.

The Latest: Jacksonville shooting leaves 2 officers injured

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The Latest: Suspect in stabbing death back in Chicago

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The Latest: Chief says 1 officer killed, 1 wounded

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