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AP Top U.S. News at 2:58 p.m. EDT

2 dead, 5 missing after heavy rains in Texas, Kansas
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) -- At least two people are dead and five people are missing after this week's torrential rains in Texas and Kansas, officials said Saturday. The same areas face the possibility of more rain over the long Memorial Day weekend....

Schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) -- "Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill."...

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 fought in the Civil War....

Taxpayers to foot bill for Arpaio's defiance of court order
PHOENIX (AP) -- Taxpayers already on the hook for $54 million in a racial profiling case against the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix are about to get walloped with another worrisome cost....

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....

WWII plane pulled from Hudson after crash that killed pilot
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police divers and Army Corps of Engineers personnel retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane from the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday after the vintage aircraft crashed during a promotional flight, killing the pilot....

Report: Cost of replacing Flint water pipes double estimates
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Replacing water pipes due to the lead-tainted crisis in Flint could be at least twice the price of previous estimates, according to a report obtained by a newspaper....

Leave baby wild animals alone, new campaign stresses
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....

Idea for Burt's Bees land to become park becoming partisan
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in the expansion of public lands by Democratic President Barack Obama....

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....

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Navy aviators involved in jet crash released from hospital

2 dead, 5 missing after heavy rains in Texas, Kansas

Man shot and wounded in parking lot of South Carolina mall

Feds reach agreement on South Dakota IHS hospital funding

Teen removed from graduation for wearing African cloth

The Latest: Tropical depression brings rain to Carolinas

3 arraigned on charges related to Detroit girl's shooting

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