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Flagstaff, Ariz. • A group of river rafters in search of old mining equipment on a hike at the Grand Canyon came across something unexpected during a recent trip: the wreckage of a small aircraft with...

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  • Cars sit in floodwaters along Interstate 45 after heavy overnight rain flooded parts of the highway in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Several major highways in the Houston area are closed due to high water. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Floodwaters rise in Houston; search goes on for the missing
    Houston • Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of...
    Updated May 26 2015 03:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Woman held down husband in Vegas hatchet attack, police say
    Las Vegas • An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly s...
    Updated May 26 2015 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Court sides with Utah and other states, won’t lift hold on Obama immigration deportation protection
    New Orleans • A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many ...
    Updated May 26 2015 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson speaks at a news conference announcing the settlement agreement with the City of Cleveland, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The announcement comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire following a high-speed chase. The case helped prompt an 18-month investigation by the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department announce overhaul of police department
    Cleveland • Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a set...
    Updated May 26 2015 09:46 pm   |     |   Share

  • Technicians remove the forward radar cover of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's P-3 turboprop aircraft $42 million ‘nose-to-tail’ upgrade for hurricane hunters Miss Piggy andKermit
    Tampa, Fla. • The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar. ...
    Updated May 26 2015 11:45 am   |     |   Share
  • In this April 17, 2015 photo, Leo and Ruth Zanger sit with their 100th grandchild, Jaxton Zanger, in Leo's real estate office in Quincy, Ill. Jaxton was born April 8 to parents Austin and Ashleigh Zanger. For the numerically inclined, Jaxton was also No. 46 among the great-grandchildren. The Zangers also have 53 grandkids and one great-great-grandchild for a nice round 100. Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild
    Quincy, Ill. • A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild. Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren,...
    Updated May 26 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Study peeks into healthy brains to hunt possible new culprit in cause of Alzheimer’s
    Washington • Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to se...
    Updated May 26 2015 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case
    Silver Spring, Md. • A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have ...
    Updated May 26 2015 11:03 am   |     |   Share
  • New Mexico police officer fatally shot during traffic stop; person in custody
    Rio Rancho, N.M. • A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque was shot and killed during a traffic stop, the first time a Rio Rancho officer was fata...
    Updated May 26 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama began with commenting on flooding in Texas and calling on Senate to act on USA Freedom Act. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Obama urges Senate to renew phone-records program
    Washington • President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including...
    Updated May 26 2015 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this May 18, 2015 photo, Zach Chaltiel, Benjamin Clack and Nima Noori pose for a photo outside the Hotel Nacional, in Havana. Chaltiel organized the trip after graduating from law school. He did research online, booking a villa through Airbnb and hiring a driver. The group is among an increased number of Americans visiting Havana since President Barack Obama announced a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) American tourism to Cuba up 36 percent since January
    Havana • “Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.” That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded wit...
    Updated May 26 2015 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial say they are moving closer toward the heart of their case: whether Holmes was legally insane when he committed one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File) Mental health will take focus in theater shooting trial
    Centennial, Colo. • Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting are steadily moving toward the heart of their case: the testimony of two court-appoin...
    Updated May 26 2015 08:08 am   |     |   Share
  • (This photo shows six of the ten highest-paid CEOs in 2014, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press)  . Top row, from left: David Zaslav, Discovery Communications; Les Moonves, CBS; and Philippe Dauman, Viacom. Bottom row, from left: Robert Iger, Walt Disney; Brian Roberts, Comcast; and Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner. (AP Photo) Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives
    New York • They’re not Hollywood stars, they’re not TV personalities and they don’t play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league...
    Updated May 26 2015 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This May 15, 2015, file photo, shows the boarded duplex where Wayne Burgarello fatally shot an unarmed trespasser in February 2014, in Sparks, Nev. Burgarello now faces murder charges. The case has helped renew discussions about stand-your-ground laws and how they are interpreted across the U.S. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File) Nevada case is latest to test ‘stand your ground’ laws
    Reno, Nev. • The idea that a person’s home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more t...
    Updated May 25 2015 08:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase
    West Yellowstone, Mont. • How does a town expand when it’s surrounded by federal land? West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question a...
    Updated May 25 2015 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Study: High altitude may boost babies’ risks for SIDS deaths
    Chicago • Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above ...
    Updated May 25 2015 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Scott visits the grave of his friend, Army Sgt. Michael Gonzalez, who was killed in Iraq in 2008, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 25, 2015. Scott has visited Gonzalez's grave every year since 2008. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington
    Arlington, Va. • President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them...
    Updated May 25 2015 08:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • File-This May 30, 2012, file photo shows Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiling as she answers her question during the third round of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md.  Participants and bee officials say the competition is fairer now that kids are tested on what words mean. But it’s also taken some of the drama away from the semifinal rounds. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar says she misses the simplicity of the old format, which she called “spelling till you drop.” Now, there are two semifinal rounds, and test scores determine who makes it to the finals. Vanya was eliminated at that stage last year.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama
    Washington • For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Sh...
    Updated May 25 2015 07:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Friday, May 22, 2015 and supplied by Saving the Survivors, a rhino named Hope, stands in her pen in the Eastern Cape province, treated with a dressing where her horns used to be. Poachers had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and then hacked off its horns while it was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much of its face. (Suzanne Boswell Rudham/Saving the Survivors via AP) A rhino named Hope survives horrific attack by poachers
    Johannesburg • The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope. Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns ...
    Updated May 25 2015 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave
    Providence, R.I. • As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one...
    Updated May 25 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • A damaged car sits on a road in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015, after a powerful tornado touched down. The tornado raged through the city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes and flinging cars like matchsticks. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila, described as Twister kills 13, flooding destroys hundreds of homes in Texas
    Ciudad Acuna, Mexico • A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping a...
    Updated May 25 2015 06:46 pm   |     |   Share