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The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Nature and politics also play a role this year, with Hurricane Arthur crashing holiday parties along the East Coast and subdued festivities in Moscow...
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them...
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Stable housing is critical to the success of low-level felons being released under California Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reform law. Yet county probation officials who are now responsible for tracking these former inmates say homelessness remains a...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside a chapel a day before Easter 1980 died Friday at a Columbus prison hospice unit, a day after a federal judge refused his request to be released to family care so he could die in his hometown of Toledo...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pagers beeped around 4 a.m. across rural western Maine, rousing firefighters during their July Fourth vacations with reports of a rail disaster in Quebec. In less than an hour, the first hit the road. Even 30 miles away, firefighters saw black smoke...
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance. This week the Supreme Court allowed some employers with religious scruples to opt out, but most...
NEW YORK (AP) — A seven-time champion and the two-time women's winner will defend their titles at the annual hot dog-eating contest on Coney Island. Seventeen men and 13 women will compete Friday in front of a crowd of about 30,000 spectators and a TV audience of about 1 million...