• 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)

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, amusement device inspector Avery Wheelock inspects the safety pins on a children's merry-go-round at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Miss. In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

    Thrill-ride accidents spark new demands for regulation

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about the lack of unified regulation for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported which states have no laws regulating the industry. Montana was omitted from the list, which also includes Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. It also incorrectly included South Dakota, which passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.

  • Isaac Sanchez, 28, a driver for ride-hailing company Uber, prepares to speak at a press conference Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., about Uber's extending the option to request Spanish-speaking drivers. The San Francisco-based Uber announced Monday the launch of uberESPANOL in New Mexico, the nation's most Hispanic state. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    Uber expands Spanish-speaking service to New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Uber on Monday extended its option for customers to request a Spanish-speaking driver to New Mexico — the nation’s most Hispanic state by percentage of population.