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On-air gunman became increasingly volatile before killings
MONETA, Va. (AP) -- Vester Flanagan appeared to become increasingly volatile in recent years, picking fights with co-workers and others he encountered over seemingly mundane events or perceived slights and culminating with the on-air slaying of two former colleagues who he believed had wronged him.... 8/27/2015 7:26 PM

Anchor's shock at live TV slayings shifts to poise, strength
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The wide-eyed, open-mouthed look of shock on the face of WDBJ-TV anchor Kim McBroom was seen worldwide after her two co-workers were fatally shot during their live television broadcast. Then her grieving newsroom went back to work, and she presented an image of calm, poise and strength as the on-camera leader of a team that refused to give in.... 8/27/2015 7:50 PM

Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Jurors deliberating the fate of a prep school graduate charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant who credited "divine inspiration" with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter or the accuser who couldn't recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform.... 8/27/2015 6:28 PM

California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.... 8/27/2015 6:09 PM

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- A familiar scene repeated itself at a rural Kentucky courthouse Thursday morning: an engaged gay couple marched into the clerk's office, asked for a marriage license and insisted that the latest in a string of court orders proves that they are entitled to one.... 8/27/2015 6:58 PM

Chief: Stabbing suspect who killed officer was cop's cousin
SUNSET, La. (AP) -- The man accused of stabbing two sisters and killing a Louisiana police officer with his own gun then barricading himself inside a convenience store was a cousin of the slain officer, officials said.... 8/27/2015 2:25 PM

Documents: Workers had no way to issue warning after spill
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday.... 8/27/2015 7:35 PM

The Latest on TV shooting: Station talks of killer's firing
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):... 8/27/2015 7:26 PM

Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado
AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A woman who gave birth to conjoined twins in Colorado told a TV station Thursday that one of her daughters has survived.... 8/27/2015 4:34 PM

Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and a movie screening to remember Emmett Till.... 8/27/2015 6:45 PM

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