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Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump’s critics from gaining access to financial records related to his Washington hotel. 96 more words


New England shrimp population still looks bad amid shutdown

PORTLAND, Maine — A new analysis of New England’s shrimp population doesn’t bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans.

The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young. 288 more words


NASA: Fireball over Southeast travelled at 53,700 mph

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA says a fireball that streaked across the Southeastern sky was travelling about 53,700 mph (86,400 kph) when it lit up the night over Alabama. 106 more words


Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

HONOLULU — Slowing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is prompting scientists to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Friday it issued a “watch” for Kilauea’s ground hazards. 101 more words


Doug Garwood shoots 64 to take Dick's Sporting Goods lead

ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Doug Garwood birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead Friday in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. 135 more words


Postal worker gets big surprise: Snake on the mailbox

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found a red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox. 101 more words


Prep school teacher gets jail for witness tampering

CONCORD, N.H. — A former New Hampshire prep school teacher was sentenced Friday to four months in jail for telling a former student to lie about their relationship to a grand jury investigating sexual misconduct. 481 more words