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Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people, and state officials started flushing the system Thursday.

Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Officials say groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit.

Texas school funding still unconstitutional

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among wealthy and poor areas.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

|Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

No-pot city takes aim at Washington marijuana law

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

'Robot march' to protest Iowa's pink locker room

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school's famous quirks: the visiting team's pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium.

Governor: Utah should defend anti-polygamy law

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Utah's governor says the state should appeal a court ruling that favors the family on the TV show "Sister Wives" and strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy.

US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.