The Latest: Tropical Storm Bonnie forms near the Carolinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a tropical disturbance off the coast of South Carolina (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed off South Carolina, strengthening from a tropical depression. Forecasters detected...

Students accused in campus sex assaults target federal rules

ATLANTA (AP) — As colleges face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some critics say the rights of the accused are being trampled. Now they want federal guidance on the issue to be tossed out. Their target: a “Dear Colleague...

Family of lost hiker won’t second-guess Maine over search

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When she became lost in the Maine woods, Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay did what she thought she was supposed to do. She stayed put, pitched her tent and waited for help. But help never came. Journal entries after she lost her way in July...

A state divided: Do you call it Taylor ham or pork roll?

AP Photo/Mel Evans TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It’s one of the most divisive issues in New Jersey, one that inflames regional rivalries and spurs fierce debate among residents and lawmakers. Is the meat in the state’s favorite breakfast sandwich called Taylor ham or...

Leave baby wild animals alone, new campaign stresses

AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside. The family thinks...

Illinois students give Civil War vets ‘their identity back’

CHICAGO (AP) — With more than a century of rain, wind, snow and pollution conspiring to erase what was once carved into a row of headstones, about the only thing anyone in the tiny north-central Illinois community of Odell knew of the men buried there was that they’d...

Schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills

AP Photo/Michael Conroy CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — “Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill.” With those seven words, calmly announced over the intercom system, an eerie silence overtook a bustling elementary school of 650 students in suburban Indianapolis....

The Latest: Pilot who crashed WWII plane was ‘extraordinary’

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal crash of a vintage World War II plane into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey (all times local): 9:30 a.m. A veteran air show performer who died when a World War II plane crashed into the Hudson...

Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can’t open

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas faces a threat that its public schools won’t open for the next school year after the state Supreme Court rejected some education funding changes made by the Republican-dominated Legislature. The Legislature had revised...

Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world’s largest

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big. The team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii discovered what they say is the world’s largest known...