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Rescuer: Teen hiking to safety after plane crash a miracle

By MARTHA BELLISLE and GENE JOHNSON (SEATTLE, AP) — A 16-year-old girl survived a small-plane crash in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington state and then hiked through thick forest to…

Connecticut woman fractures ribs in Rhode Island beach blast

(WATERBURY, Conn., AP) — A Connecticut woman is recovering from fractured ribs suffered during an unexplained explosion on a Rhode Island beach over the weekend. Sixty-year-old Kathleen Danise’s family says…

After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

By JEFFREY COLLINS MEG KINNARD (COLUMBIA, S.C., AP) — The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking…

McCaskill backs push to revoke medal from Cosby

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she supports efforts to have President Barack Obama revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Promoting Awareness Victim…

Vet finds 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear inside dog

(MARS, Pa., AP) — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds. A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach…

FBI, Justice Dept. taking encryption concerns to Congress

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are pressing their concerns about encryption before Congress, where they will argue to senators on Wednesday that the right to…

South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

By JEFFREY COLLINS (COLUMBIA, S.C., AP) — The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle. But…

Deadly Washington ice cave collapse after warm temperatures

(VERLOT, Wash., AP) — Ice caves popular with hikers northeast of Seattle partially collapsed, killing one person and leaving at least four other injured, officials said. Monday’s collapse came after…

California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight

By FENIT NIRAPPIL (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of…

Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

(WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama’s meetings…