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US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:03pm

The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.

Wildfire prompts evacuations of 200 homes in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:01pm

Fire officials say a wildfire tearing through brush east of Los Angeles has destroyed an outbuilding and forced 700 people from their homes.

Court: Texas death row inmate may have faked mental illness

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:50pm

A Texas death row inmate may have faked mental illness to avoid execution for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her daughter 23 years ago in Houston, a federal appeals court said.

Elite boarding school finds 5 cases of sexual misconduct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:50pm

An independent investigation into possible sexual abuse at an elite boarding school has uncovered several cases of sexual misconduct by faculty members, the school announced on Tuesday.

Chicago mayor unveils plan for new police oversight agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:41pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday released a proposed ordinance that creates a new agency to investigate police misconduct to replace the agency that came under fire in the wake of a video of a police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Australian man with British title to stay jailed in Vegas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:31pm

An Australian man who identifies himself as the 13th Duke of Manchester will remain jailed in Las Vegas at least until next month, pending possible resolution of felony false police report and burglary charges.

911 calls: 'Gunshots going like crazy' in Pulse nightclub

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:22pm

Friends and relatives of patrons trapped in a gay Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead asked police dispatchers why it was taking so long for their loved ones to be rescued.

5 bodies found in burned California care home for disabled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:20pm

The bodies of five people were found after a fire gutted a board-and-care home for developmentally disabled people southeast of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

Defendant wore girlfriend's ashes to fatal crash sentencing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:03pm

A western Michigan man wore a vial containing his girlfriend's ashes when he was sentenced to jail in a crash that killed her and her unborn child.

People stock up, board up as hurricane hurtles toward Hawaii

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 6:02pm

Residents of Hawaii's Big Island were evacuating animals and stockpiling water Tuesday, bracing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in decades.

Rep. Stewart: 'Just common sense' to expect Russian hacking of US elections

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:54pm

After issuing a warning earlier this month about the possibility Russian computer hackers could disrupt the U.S. presidential election, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said it's no surprise an attempt appears to have been made.

Settlement forces US to decide whether 9 species endangered

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:42pm

The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.

Yellowstone south entrance reopens after wildfire closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:20pm

The south entrance to Yellowstone National Park reopened Tuesday after being closed for more than a week because of a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park.

Charges filed to fire 5 officers in Chicago police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:20pm

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed formal administrative charges to fire the officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

City, county leaders hold special meeting after girl's death

Mary Hudetz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:51pm

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address what led to the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Judge rejects disabled man's petition to vote _ for now

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:50pm

A California judge ruled that a former NPR producer who had a traumatic brain injury has so far failed to demonstrate he is qualified to vote despite a new state law that makes it easier for people with developmental disabilities to keep and restore the right to cast a ballot.

LA paying $200M to settle lawsuit over disabled housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:44pm

Los Angeles agreed Tuesday to spend at least $200 million over a decade to provide thousands of apartments for people with disabilities.

3 convicted on charges in high school basketball rape case

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:32pm

One Tennessee high school basketball player was found guilty of aggravated rape and two others were found guilty of aggravated assault against a freshman teammate, a person familiar with the juvenile court case said Tuesday.

Mills mayor resigns effective Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 4:31pm

The mayor of a Natrona County town where a former treasurer has been accused of embezzling city funds has submitted her resignation.