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Social Security pays homeless woman $100,000 it owed her

Wanda Witter, 80, was overwhelmed by the $100,000 she received from Social Security.

AP NewsBreak: Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

Spinner dolphins are seen in an undated photo near Keahole Point, Hawaii, provided by dolphindreams.com. More people and more activity in Hawaii waters means more impact on ocean creatures, and the entertaining spinner dolphins may be the most stressed. Dolphins constantly performing for tourists can suffer disruption in their eating and reproduction habits and become more vulnerable to predators, according to Steve Soto-Amundson of the South Kona Preservation Coalition. (AP Photo/dolphindreams.com, James L. Wing)

Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.


Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.


Officials to discuss Washington Monument elevator woes

The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress has scheduled a meeting with National Park Service officials to discuss the frequent breakdowns of the Washington Monument's elevator.


Gaston forecast to become a hurricane in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gaston is gaining strength in the Atlantic and could soon become a hurricane.


Mississippi man to be sentenced on terrorism charge

A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is scheduled to be sentenced on terrorism charges.


APNewsBreak: Ohio literary peace award to Marilynne Robinson

Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.


State-by-state look at ACT test-takers and composite score

A state-by-state look at the percent of high school graduates taking the ACT exam and the average composite score, according to the testing company's annual report released Wednesday.


Trial of man accused in boiled water attack continues

Testimony is scheduled to continue in the trial of a man accused of throwing boiled water on same-sex couple sleeping in a suburban Atlanta apartment.


Foundation donors who met, talked with Clinton

Hillary Clinton met or talked by phone with at least 154 people from private interests, such as corporations, during her time as secretary of the state. More than half those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to specific programs through the charity's international arm.


Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.


Stanford judge reignites debate after leaving other sex case

The Northern California judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has reignited debate about his ability to serve on the bench after removing himself from a separate sex-crimes case.


Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.


US oil and gas lease sale to be broadcast live on internet

The federal government says that, for the first time, it's broadcasting an oil and gas lease sale live on the internet.


Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.


In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.


WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.


Man, woman sought in woman's killing, kidnaping of 3 kids

Authorities are seeking a man and woman suspected of killing a woman, kidnapping her three small children and leaving the state, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.


Taxi jumps curb in San Francisco, 3 suffer critical injuries

A cab driver and two other people suffered critical injuries when the taxi jumped a curb and plowed into an advertising kiosk and a shoeshine stand at a busy corner in downtown San Francisco.