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Hastert to assault victim: Pay back $1.7M in hush money

Michael Tarm and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:13pm

Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case.

Rain, snow storms pummel the West; more wet weather on way

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:41pm

More winter snow and rain pummeled the West on Thursday as the first in a series of expected storms soaked morning commuters in much of California, dumped 18 more inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and closed schools in Oregon.

Judge orders Idaho to destroy elk and wolf wilderness data

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:41pm

Idaho must destroy all information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area, a federal judge ordered Thursday.

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:41pm

A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:31pm

Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS' hit drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to "Crossing Jordan," has died.

EPA settles with Hawaii company over 2013 molasses spill

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:30pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement Thursday with the company responsible for a 1,400-ton molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor in 2013.

15 inches of snow falls in southeast Oregon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20pm

More than a foot of snow fell overnight in Malheur County in southeastern Oregon as residents there struggle with mountains of the white stuff.

North Dakota resets the debate over time zone disparity

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:14pm

Residents of a largely rural corner of North Dakota are fiercely opposing a plan that would move them into the same time zone as the rest of the state.

US Supreme Court could discuss 'Sister Wives' case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:05pm

The U.S. Supreme Court could discuss a request Thursday from the polygamous family from TV's "Sister Wives" to hear their case for legalizing polygamy.

Suspect in officer's slaying spews expletives at judge

Terrance Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:00pm

Hours after a fugitive in the slaying of a police officer told a judge he was brutalized during his arrest, Orlando's police chief released a video of his surrender and described the suspect as "extremely violent, dangerous and very unpredictable."

AP PHOTOS: Long-married Bushes hospitalized together

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:51pm

longer than any U.S. presidential couple.

Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:44pm

Psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror want a lawsuit from three former detainees dismissed, but a federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to allow it to move to a trial that was expected to include classified information.

Obama criticizes Congress for refusing to close Cuba prison

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:43pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed Congress for his failure to keep a promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying there's "simply no justification beyond politics" to keep it open.

Suspect in Texas police detective's slaying identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:41pm

The man suspected of shooting a suburban Dallas police detective fatally has been identified.

North Dakota resets the debate over time zone disparity

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:41pm

Residents of a rural corner of North Dakota are fiercely opposing a plan that would move them into the same time zone as the rest of the state.

Executed man's lawyers raise concerns about lethal injection

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:30pm

Attorneys for a convicted killer executed in Virginia for the brutal killings of a family in 2006 said Thursday that they are concerned that his lethal injection caused a painful death.

Islamic State fighter's dad cries recounting search for him

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:11pm

The father of a New Yorker who joined the Islamic State group told a jury on Thursday that he searched desperately for his son, following him to Turkey and meeting with one of his contacts before lying to the FBI about the trip.

Police: Grenade found in Hawaii next to store wasn't live

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:11pm

Bomb technicians will inspect what police believe to be an old grenade that was found in Waikiki.

Maine man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend, 2 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:11pm

A man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children asked for mercy before a judge imposed three life sentences Thursday.

The Latest: Video seems to show officers kicking suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:11pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer (all times local):