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National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kan., is embraced by her father Merl Shivashankar, right, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come...

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Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

A crew cleans up a beach after balls of tar washed ashore in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline are off-limits to surfing and swimming after balls of tar washed ashore. The...

Google unveils Android’s latest technological tricks

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

David Singleton, director at Android Wear, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new...

Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

A Baltimore Police officer speaks to a family member, where a young boy and a 31-year-old woman were shot and killed, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Baltimore. In the month since Freddie Gray died and the city erupted in civil unrest, Baltimore has seen its...

Latest on Dennis Hastert: Ex-House speaker resigns from firm

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek re-election for a 12th term in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker...

Obama: TX, OK storms a reminder to prepare for disasters

May 28, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

President Barack Obama speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (Al Diaz/The Miami Herald via AP)...

Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains

May 27, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

In this May 25, 2015 photo is the box culvert where Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley was trapped and drowned on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. Farley and another firefighter who tried to rescue him were pulled into the drain pipe. The other firefighter...

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 21

May 27, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

ADDS THAT MICHELLE MARIE CAREY-CHARBA WAS CONFIRMED DEAD WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 – This undated photo provided by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office shows Michelle Charba, seated, with William Charba, 6. Both had been missing from Wimberley, Texas since...

Theater gunman’s writings alternate between ramblings, plans

May 27, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

This screenshot made from a pdf released by the Colorado Judicial Department on Wed., May 27, 2015, shows a portion of Aurora shooter James Holmes’ notebook, after it was presented as evidence in the Holmes murder trial on Tues., May 26, 2015, in...

Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

May 27, 2015 • National NewsComments (0)

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, right, celebrates with Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln after the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first...