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Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle...

The Latest: Groups wanting tougher laws on guns march

Aug. 4, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an El Paso shopping complex (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Several hundred volunteers for groups seeking tougher laws on guns marched on the White House and the Capitol in a demonstration at least partly inspired by the shooting in El Paso, Texas. Shannon...

Speedway car flips over fence after crash, kills man

Aug. 3, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a car flipped over the infield fence at a central Pennsylvania speedway and struck a track volunteer, killing him. The Cumberland County coroner's office said two Sprint car drivers crashed into each other while rounding a turn at Williams Grove Speedway just...

Search party volunteer with drone finds missing Maryland man

Jul. 30, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who was missing for five days has been found severely injured in the woods with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when he spotted him in a...

Oyster seeding: A 'tangible, physical' way to help the water

Jul. 29, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — Restoring oyster beds and helping keep the water clean isn't just for scientists and environmental groups anymore. Students, younger children and those with no particular scientific background like the idea that something they do this morning can be helping the earth by this...

Ex-volleyball assistant coach guilty of stealing underwear

Jul. 26, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former University of Kansas volunteer assistant volleyball coach has admitted stealing underwear from women on the team. Twenty-four-year-old Skyler Yee pleaded no contest Friday to two felony counts of burglary, in exchange for prosecutors dropping 13 other charges. Judge Peggy...

Girl Scouts volunteer in Smokies; learn about conservation

Jul. 26, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A group of eight Girl Scouts from across the country spent part of their summer volunteering in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Their efforts included rehabilitating trails, cleaning campgrounds, removing invasive plants and providing educational programs to visitors. The...

Residents hit by 2 hurricanes face wait for long-term funds

Jul. 25, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson's home — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn't fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is gutted, the flooring and walls nothing more than bare...

The Latest: Mississippi River won't be as high as feared

Jul. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Barry (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to crest about 2 feet (0.6 meters) lower in New Orleans than previously predicted — good news for those who feared the river might spill over the levees that protect the city....

The Latest: Group says 54 migrants rescued north of Libya

Jul. 4, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on migrants from Libya (all times local): 9:25 p.m. An Italian humanitarian group says its boat rescued 54 migrants north of Libya, where an airstrike on a detention center killed at least 44 migrants this week. Beppe Caccia, a coordinator for Mediterranea Saving Humans, said the...