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The Latest: White House says Mueller should focus on Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:32pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):

Girl says her mom asked for forgiveness before stabbing her

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:32pm

Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried to seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker.

Publicly skewered by his boss, Sessions says he's staying on

Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:32pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping aside from the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.

Powerful storms cause damage, flooding in Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:11pm

Several hundred people evacuated their homes early Thursday in the small western Wisconsin community of Arcadia as heavy rain sent a creek over its banks.

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Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:03pm

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.

The Latest: Burundi team may have disappeared on own accord

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:57pm

The Latest on Burundi teenagers gone missing from international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. (all times local):

White House says President Donald Trump 'has confidence' in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:57pm

White House says President Donald Trump 'has confidence' in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

US condemns deadliest day of violence in Ukraine this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:57pm

The United States is condemning an outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine, calling it the deadliest 24-hour period so far this year.

Television networks return to old obsession with Simpson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:51pm

Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession Thursday with blanket coverage of O.J. Simpson's parole hearing Nevada.

Senate confirms judge who equated abortion with slavery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:38pm

The Senate on Thursday confirmed a federal judge who once equated abortion with slavery, calling them the "two greatest tragedies in our country," and who pledged fealty to Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention.

Pelosi speaks to ailing lawmaker, says he sounds wonderful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:38pm

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has spoken with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice more than a month ago, and "he sounded wonderful."

Texas sued again over abortion year after Supreme Court loss

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:38pm

Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over a new ban on a common abortion procedure that other Republican-controlled states have also tried outlawing in recent years.

US postal worker pleads guilty to stealing cards, packages

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:38pm

A former Connecticut postal clerk has pleaded guilty to federal charges that she stole numerous packages and greeting cards that she suspected would contain gift cards or cash.

Prosecutors: Online takedown linked to Park City teen drug deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:14pm

U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington say they've taken down an illicit internet marketplace where a Park City teenager bought drugs responsible for a classmate's fatal overdose.

Suspect to plead not guilty in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:12pm

A 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China plans to plead not guilty.

Police: Grudge against state agency led to funeral attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:12pm

A man who drove his car into mourners at the end of a graveside service at a South Carolina cemetery held a grudge against the state agency where the woman being buried had worked, authorities said Thursday.

Prosecutors to hear evidence before ruling on death penalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 12:02pm

Prosecutors said they will hear evidence from attorneys of a man charged with aggravated murder for a deadly blaze that killed seven people before deciding whether to pursue the death penalty against him.

Doctors consider next treatment for McCain's brain tumor

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:53am

Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his doctors are determining next treatment options even as the senator, in a tweet, promised his colleagues in Congress he'd "be back soon."

Damond family hires attorney from Castile case

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:42am

The family of an Australian woman shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, who was also slain by a Minnesota police officer.

Lawn-mowing Indiana man charged in neighbor shooting spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:42am

An Indianapolis-area man who was wounded when an argument with a neighbor escalated into across-the-fence gunfire has been charged in the shooting.