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Politics, shootings undercut criminal justice overhaul

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:32pm

Hopes for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system have faded in Congress this year, undercut by a rash of summer shootings involving police and the pressure of election-year politics.

LePage: Reports of my political demise 'greatly exaggerated'

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:31pm

Amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he wants to make amends with the Democratic legislator he targeted in an obscene voicemail message, but he tweeted that any reports of his "political demise are greatly exaggerated."

Cops: Man out on bond for beating wife has now kidnapped her

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:24pm

A man free on bond while awaiting trial on charges he abducted and beat his wife while holding her captive for nearly two weeks earlier this summer kidnapped her again Tuesday and is on the run, state police said.

5 face weapons charges in deadly New Jersey highway shootout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:22pm

Four men and a teenager have been charged in a rolling shootout on a New Jersey highway that left one man dead and four of the suspects injured.

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Ogden officer: gang members violent, with ISIS-like mindset

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:21pm

An Ogden police official says gang members in the northern Utah city have "the same mindset as ISIS" and are inherently violent.

Agriculture closes offices in 5 states after threats

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:20pm

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday it had closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats that it considered serious.

Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in US flight school

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:20pm

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training in the U.S., according FBI interviews with his flight instructors.

Australian claiming British title stays jailed in Las Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:20pm

An Australian man who claims to hold a British royal title has been ordered by a judge to remain jailed in Las Vegas pending the resolution of multiple felony charges.

The Latest: Seventh university also removed flag over summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:20pm

The Latest on universities removing the Mississippi state flag (all times local):

Utah GOP touts Trump, but not all Republicans on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:10pm

Some of Utah's top Republicans are making the case for a Donald Trump presidency, but notable GOP officials, including Gov. Gary Herbert, are conspicuously absent from the show of support.

Another university furls Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:01pm

Another Mississippi university has stopped flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.

US commander slams Iran for provocative moves in Gulf

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 12:01pm

The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East is criticizing Iran for what he calls provocative and unsafe maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.

Salt Lake officer hospitalized after being struck by car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:51am

A Salt Lake City police officer has been hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Indictment: Woman used feds' fake university to get visas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:51am

A federal grand jury indicted a New York City woman Tuesday for her alleged role in a student visa "pay to stay" scam uncovered after federal authorities set up a fake university.

Sheriff pleads no contest in shooting he called an accident

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:42am

An Atlanta-area sheriff who says he accidentally shot and injured a woman while they were practicing police tactics inside an empty model home pleaded no contest to a reckless-conduct charge Tuesday.

Victim of prep school sex assault 'not afraid or ashamed'

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:41am

A teen who was sexually assaulted during a game of sexual conquest at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school said Tuesday she is no longer ashamed or afraid and hopes to be a voice for others.

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

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:33am

A neighbor of the Florida nightclub where a mass shooting left 49 people dead told a 911 dispatcher that panicked patrons were banging on his door for shelter and hiding behind his car.

Yellowstone south entrance reopens Tuesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:32am

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.

Utah hit with salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:32am

Utah health officials are warning of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk.

The Latest: Governor downplays reports that he might resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:31am

The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage's obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):