ARLINGTON >> The Arlington Select Board on Monday set the town's municipal tax rate for FY16, and discussed numerous projects around the town, including the recently voter-approved purchase of the Arlington Water Company. The board voted to set the rate at 31.5 cents per $100 in appraised property value, down a cent from last year.   Full Story
 
CARROLLTON, GA. (AP) >> John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale.   Full Story
 
NEW YORK >> One psychiatry professor calls it "the conversation we're stuck with," a teachable moment growing out of horror. Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there's a collective sigh among mental health professionals. Even as they see an opportunity for serious discussions of problems and remedies, they also worry about setbacks to   Full Story
 
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BOSTON (AP) >> James "Whitey" Bulger's case is returning to court Monday — minus the notorious Boston gangster himself. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will hear oral arguments from Bulger's lawyers, who are trying to overturn his racketeering convictions.   Full Story
 
CLEVELAND (AP) >> Transit Authority police say an officer used pepper spray on a crowd trying to prevent them from taking an intoxicated teenager to police headquarters. WKYC-TV says the incident happened Sunday as a "Black Lives Matter" conference was ending. Conference participant Destinee Henton says people formed a barricade around a police cruiser and began chanting.   Full Story
 
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LAFAYETTE, LA. (AP) >> The latest on the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater (times are local): 5:15 a.m. About a dozen law enforcement personnel were gathered at a Motel 6 in Lafayette early Friday as authorities investigate a shooting at movie theater that killed three people, including the gunman.   Full Story
 
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HEMPSTEAD, TEXAS (AP) >> While Sandra Bland's family maintains that the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell would not have taken her own life, authorities are pointing to mounting evidence that they say shows she hanged herself. An autopsy showed that marks around Bland's neck were consistent with suicide by hanging, and her body showed no signs of defensive injuries suggesting a   Full Story
 
HELENA, MONT. (AP) >> A wildfire driven by gusting winds swept down Glacier National Park's most popular roadway toward a small community at the park's eastern entrance, sending visitors packing and residents scrambling to protect their homes and businesses. Officials evacuated the small community of St.   Full Story
 
BROKEN ARROW, OKLA. (AP) >> Five people were found dead inside a well-kept suburban Tulsa home and two teenagers related to each of the victims have been taken into custody, police said Thursday. Police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said officers were summoned to a Broken Arrow subdivision about 11:30 p.m.   Full Story
 
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (AP) >> A maternal uncle who hosted the Chattanooga shooter in Jordan for a few months last year is a businessman with no links to any militant groups, his attorney says. But a Jordanian official says the uncle is under investigation over the shooter's time with him there. Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali took in his nephew, the now-deceased Mohamad Youssef Abdulazeez, under a   Full Story
 
CENTENNIAL, COLO. (AP) >> Jurors quickly rejected Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' claim that he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others, but the next phase of his trial could be more difficult as they weigh the extent of his mental illness against the enduring pain and heartache he caused.   Full Story
 
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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA. (AP) >> Screaming through the air along southern Virginia's coast, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor routinely puts on a dazzling show of loops, dives and combat maneuvers designed to bedevil and defeat opponents before they ever know it's there. But in its first months of combat in the skies above Iraq and Syria, the stealthy jet's contribution has been more of an   Full Story
 
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ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) >> A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON (AP) >> The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests   Full Story
 
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Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America's Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires and tried to use his wealth to keep "Mrs.   Full Story