• In this Oct. 11, 2011 photo, the damaged Vermont State Hospital is seen in Waterbury, Five years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene forced the closing of the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, much of the system has been rebuilt, but challenges remain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, file)

    After Irene forces reckoning, mental health care rebuilt

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most Vermonters, Tropical Storm Irene was a disaster that tore roads, communities and lives apart. But for many of the state’s neediest mental health patients, it was a blessing in disguise.

  • Correction: LI Highway Accident story

    MANORVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about a vehicle crash that killed six people on Long Island, The Associated Press used an erroneous spelling provided by police. The 10-year-old who died was Cristopher Pinales, not Christopher.

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence talks with Terry Munson, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Kokomo, Ind. Munson's home was hit by a tornado that passed through the area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    When touring disasters, politicians weigh image, distraction

    KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — In a dramatic, made-for-camera arrival, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stepped off a Blackhawk helicopter to tour tornado-damaged neighborhoods Thursday, giving out hugs and promising swift assistance a day after several twisters touched down.

  • Gov. Cuomo opens NY State Fair, touts upgraded fairgrounds

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair has opened its 12-day run, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on hand to tout $50 million in upgrades to the fairgrounds.

  • Florida shock jock’s lawyers permanently disbarred

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has permanently disbarred two lawyers accused of orchestrating the arrest of a rival attorney.

  • Former pro wrestler running for state representative seat

    EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former professional wrestler who once grappled with the likes of Hulk Hogan is now running for a state representative seat in Connecticut.

  • Postscript: After US sentence, Sharper goes to state court

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Making clear that she thought the sentence was a light one, a Louisiana judge Thursday formally imposed a 20-year prison sentence on former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last week was sentenced by a federal judge to 18 years and four months in a drug and rape case with victims in four states.

  • Correction: Water Park-Fatality-Regulation story

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about the regulation in Kansas for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported that South Dakota was among the states that have no laws regulating the industry. South Dakota passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip, left, speak with local officials during a Zika Preparedness Roundtable at the Florida Department of Health of Pasco County, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in New Port Richey, Fla. Scott on Tuesday announced a non-travel-related case of Zika in the Tampa Bay region. (Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    Florida: 5 new Zika cases including 1 in the Tampa Bay area

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a non-travel-related case of Zika in the Tampa Bay region.

  • Firefighters battle a wildfire Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, near Garden City, Utah. Crews were battling a small wildfire in northern Utah that was approaching a ski resort and a separate blaze in southern Utah burning through sage grouse habitat. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

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

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.