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Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

Maine governor leaves obscene tirade on lawmaker's voicemail

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished he could point a gun between the legislator's eyes.

Clinton defends family foundation, says work will continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton defended her family's foundation on Friday, saying that the charitable work it has conducted is in line with American values.

Couple wanted in California killing arrested in Colorado

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado.

Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — In the rural Mississippi community they served, two nuns found slain in their home "would do anything for anybody," friends said.

Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on.

Biden announces new funding for Amtrak Northeast Corridor

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure.

Trump immigration waffle reflects voter confusion on issue

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dean Green supports Donald Trump partly because of the GOP presidential nominee's tough, deport-them-all stance on illegal immigration. But the 57-year-old Republican paused as he complained about U.S. immigration policy and acknowledged that deporting all 11 million people in the U.S. illegally would separate families.

Judge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but efforts to recall him remain.

Arizona sheriff's campaign questions contempt order timing

PHOENIX (AP) — The campaign manager for metro Phoenix's longtime sheriff has questioned a federal judge's timing in asking prosecutors to pursue criminal contempt-of-court charges against the lawman 10 days before a primary election.

Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

SEATTLE (AP) — The son of a Russian lawmaker has been convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars.

Gruesome killing of New Mexico girl stuns friends, neighbors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts.

Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.

Man sentenced to life in prison for New Year's Eve killing

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death on New Year's Eve in 2014 following an argument over Christmas presents.

Man gets house arrest for trying to extort ex-football star

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A quadriplegic man who admitted to trying to extort money from former Ohio State star and NFL player Christopher "Beanie" Wells has been sentenced to a year of house arrest after a judge concluded that imprisoning the defendant would be too costly for taxpayers.

Judge over Stanford sex assault leaving criminal cases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California court said Thursday that a judge who was harshly criticized and subjected to a recall campaign for the leniency of a six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman will no longer hear criminal cases, a move that came at his own request.

Park Service marks centennial with new citizens, monument

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park.

2 nuns killed in Mississippi; signs point to home break-in

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, perhaps victims of a break-in and vehicle theft, officials said Thursday.

New Mexico: Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.

California boy in legal fight dies after ventilator removed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a swift end to a long legal battle, a brain-dead California toddler died Thursday after being taken off life support.

DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq War cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say.

Zip line company: Woman who fell had unhooked safety gear

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday.

The Latest: Suspect in New Mexico girl's killing has record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):