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Things to Know in the U.S. for Aug. 2

Maine

Lobster boat saves eagle

A lobster boat crew used some Yankee ingenuity to rescue a waterlogged eagle that it spotted struggling offshore in the North Atlantic. Lobsterman John Chipman said Monday that the struggling bird seemed to be relieved to see his boat and even tried to hop on board after Chipman came across the unusual sight of an eagle flopping around about a quarter-mile offshore, near Schoodic Island. "The way he was acting, I knew that he wanted help. He seemed to try to come to the boat on his own and tried to get in. He wanted out of the water," he said. Two retired police officers aboard the boat with Chipman, Kevin Meaney and Michelle Ritzema, fashioned a makeshift raft from a life preserver, a piece of plywood and rope to save the eagle Thursday. The eagle hopped aboard the raft and eventually was hauled onto the stern of the boat, where it dried off, Chipman said. The bird was missing an eye and appeared to be older. Chipman intended to deliver it to game wardens for care and rehabilitation, but the eagle had other ideas. After drying off, it spread its wings and flew away.

Nation

Parole inconsistent for young lifers

Courtroom 801 in Detroit is nearly empty when guards bring in Bobby Hines, hands cuffed in front of navy prison scrubs. It's been more than 27 years since Hines stood before a judge in this building. He was 15 then, answering for his role in the murder of a man. He did not fire the deadly shot, but Hines said something like, "Let him have it," words that led to mandatory life with no chance for parole. The judgment came during a tough-on-crime era. Stoked by fears of teen "superpredators," states enacted laws to punish juvenile criminals like adults and the U.S. became an international outlier, sentencing offenders under 18 to live out their lives in prison for homicide and, in rare instances, rape, kidnapping and armed robbery. But five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory life without parole for juveniles in murder cases. Last year, the court went further, saying the more than 2,000 already serving such sentences must get a chance to show their crimes did not reflect "irreparable corruption" and, if not, have some hope for freedom. But prison gates don't just swing open. Instead, uncertainty and opposition stirred by the new mandate have resulted in an uneven patchwork of policies. The odds of release or continued imprisonment vary from state to state, even county to county, in a pattern that can make justice seem arbitrary.

South Dakota

Writing error may doom pot initiative

A writing error could potentially cost a ballot measure campaign its chances of legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota next year. The Argus Leader reported cannabis advocacy group New Approach South Dakota is supporting a ballot measure meant to legalize small amounts of marijuana. But the state's interpretation of the wording means it would only legalize marijuana paraphernalia and not the drug itself without affecting state law against recreational marijuana. New Approach said the problem is "just a typo" and can be fixed later by the courts or the Legislature.

New York

Cuomo orders inquiry into black discharge at Niagara Falls

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he doesn't believe a city agency's claims surrounding wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara Falls black at the height of a busy tourist weekend. A day after directing state regulators to investigate, the Democrat told reporters Tuesday he thinks there will be a criminal investigation. Cuomo said Monday the expulsion of foul-smelling, black water into the Niagara River on Saturday may have violated state water quality standards.

Nation

White House looks into email prank

The White House is acknowledging that top officials responded to a British email prankster and says it is investigating. CNN identified Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert as one of the officials who fell for the prank. Bossert responded believing he was corresponding with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser. The network said Anthony Scaramucci, ousted Monday after a brief tenure as communications director, also responded to the prankster. The White House said it takes cyber-related issues seriously and is looking into the incidents. Eric Trump, one of the president's sons, said he was contacted but recognized the email as a "sham" and turned it over to the U.S. Secret Service. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Texas

Which one's the calf, and which is Gene?

KISS frontman Gene Simmons is udderly thrilled by a calf born with strikingly similar markings to the face paint he wears on stage. Simmons tweeted his admiration for the calf Sunday, saying, "This is real, folks!!!" Heather Taccetta, who lives at the ranch near Kerrville with her family, said the calf born Friday belongs to her grandmother. It is named Genie, in honor of Simmons. Taccetta said the calf and its mother are doing fine and that Genie is a family favorite and won't be sold for slaughter.

Virginia

Girl's dog stops attempted abduction

Authorities say a girl's dog stopped her from being abducted by biting a man who grabbed her. Police said on Facebook that a 10-year-old girl was walking her dog when an unknown man grabbed her arm Friday in Woodbridge. Police said the dog's bite caused the man to release the girl and run away. The girl was not injured. Police searched the area but could not find the man. — tbt* wires

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Seminole Heights restaurant Mortar & Pestle files for bankruptcy reorganization

Seminole Heights restaurant Mortar & Pestle files for bankruptcy reorganization

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Column: It’s time for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to process concealed weapons licenses

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Column: I survived a suicide attempt and here’s what you should know

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For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

Rays manager Kevin Cash's commitment to rest players and rotate playing time resulted in an unusual lineup combination for tonight's series and roadtrip finale vs. the Astros.Such as having rookie Willy Adames at second base, Joey Wendle at third, Ca...
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15 arrested in Hillsborough construction fraud sting, one for the eighth time

15 arrested in Hillsborough construction fraud sting, one for the eighth time

TAMPA — The contractors arriving at the Brandon home thought they were meeting with a potential customer. They were wrong.In fact, the would-be clients were undercover detectives and the contractors, lacking a license to ply their trade, left the hom...
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As Border Patrol searches its buses, Greyhound is pulled into immigration uproar

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He was a 12-year Miami resident originally from Trinidad, taken off a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by U.S. Border Patrol agents in January.She was a 60-something Jamaican national who had just met her granddaughter for the first time, w...
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Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his ...
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Could Lucky’s Market move in to Clearwater’s old Albertsons?

Could Lucky’s Market move in to Clearwater’s old Albertsons?

Lucky’s Market is considering a move in to the old Albertsons box space in Clearwater, according to preliminary plans filed with the city. Lucky’s master broker, Rick Lewellyn, was listed on an agenda as discussing renovating the existing property wi...
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Couple leased someone else’s home to 12 families at same time, Largo police say

Couple leased someone else’s home to 12 families at same time, Largo police say

LARGO — At least 12 families leased the same Largo home at the same time and lost as much as $4,300 each in a fraud scheme run by a couple who portrayed themselves as owners of the property, Largo police said.Police learned of the scheme Tuesday afte...
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Developer proposes Sprouts Farmers Market for Land O’Lakes

Developer proposes Sprouts Farmers Market for Land O’Lakes

LAND O’LAKES – A Sarasota developer is proposing to turn a vacant Winn-Dixie store in central Pasco into a Sprouts Farmers Market or similar specialty grocer.Benderson Development filed preliminary plans Monday with Pasco County to redevelop the form...
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