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US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi town under siege
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An international airdrop of food and water supported by U.S. airstrikes sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night.... 8/30/2014 10:15 PM

Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go.... 8/30/2014 3:30 PM

Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said.... 8/30/2014 9:11 PM

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.... 8/30/2014 9:18 PM

Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California.... 8/30/2014 8:59 PM

Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors.... 8/30/2014 9:29 PM

Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.... 8/30/2014 8:41 AM

50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:... 8/30/2014 8:46 AM

Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) -- A pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago was still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.... 8/30/2014 6:28 PM

People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) -- Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.... 8/30/2014 5:23 PM