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Couple behind fake skeletons on chairs in Colorado River

(PARKER, Ariz., AP) — A Phoenix couple has claimed responsibility for putting two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs in the Colorado River in far west Arizona, authorities said Friday.…

Flint ballot mix-up spurs ‘Giggles the Pig’ write-in effort

(FLINT, Mich., AP) — A lawyer wants to enter his pet pig into the Flint mayoral race after a mix-up threatened to keep candidates’ names off the primary election ballot.…

Some Native Hawaiians see telescope as science learning boon

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER (HONOLULU, AP) — Before going up to Mauna Kea’s summit on Hawaii’s Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the…

US appeals court: NSA phone record collection is excessive

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and KEN DILANIAN (NEW YORK, AP) — The bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the government exceeds what Congress has allowed, a federal appeals court said Thursday…

Tornadoes, flash floods upend the Oklahoma City area

By KEN MILLER (OKLAHOMA CITY, AP) — Victims from a 51-twister outbreak across Tornado Alley sifted through rubble Thursday while forecasters issued ominous forecasts for the coming days. Tornadoes hit…

Parents accused of giving kids drugs as ‘bargaining tool’

By TAMARA LUSH (ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., AP) — A couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores, authorities said. Chad and…

California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

By FENIT NIRAPPIL (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to…

Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

(AVON PARK, Fla., AP) — A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911…

Ex-CIA official: GOP distorted agency analysis of Benghazi

(WASHINGTON, AP) — A former CIA deputy director says Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three…

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

By RICHARD LARDNER (WASHINGTON, AP) — In a scathing critique of the Defense Department’s efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related…