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The Latest: Chicago disappointed in gun-range ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

The Latest on a federal appeals court striking key parts of Chicago gun range ordinance (all times local):

Doctors consider removing tube for 41st President Bush

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:50pm

Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his wife, Barbara, said she was feeling much better after undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

The Latest: Obama lashes out at Congress over Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:43pm

The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times local):

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:43pm

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Killer who attacked homeless man with bat to get new trial

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:41pm

One of three teenagers who fatally beat one homeless man and severely injured two others in a booze- and pot-fueled rampage will get a new trial because a judge erred in his jury instructions before the teen was convicted of murder, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Student wants confession in killing barred from trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:33pm

A judge will consider whether to bar from trial a former Virginia Tech student's confession in connection with the slaying of a 13-year-old girl.

Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:33pm

A young woman accused of taping her 2-year-old son to a wall so she could get some housework done and streaming it live on social media was arrested on Thursday.

Arkansas panel OKs restrictions on 2nd trimester abortions

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

An Arkansas legislative committee voted Thursday to outlaw an abortion procedure that opponents call "savage" and "barbaric" while others deem it the safest way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester.

The Latest: Chief says suspect made sure officer was dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

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

Obama criticizes Congress for refusing to close Cuba prison

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

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.

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

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:30pm

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.

Land swap for school trust land in Bears Ears on hold

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:25pm

A land swap for 109,000 acres of state school trust land within the newly created Bears Ears National Monument won't happen before President Barack Obama leaves office and is on indefinite hold, federal and state officials said this week.

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

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:22pm

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.

Report: NYPD mental health training needs better utilization

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:22pm

The New York Police Department has trained more than 5,000 police officers on how to handle mental health crisis calls but doesn't have a way to dispatch those officers when the calls come in, according to a report published Thursday.

Columbus, Indiana, erects signs as Pence's hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:21pm

Vice President-elect Mike Pence's hometown of Columbus, Indiana, is erecting signs at the gates to the south central Indiana city declaring it's his hometown.

Judge overseeing police case calls Baltimore mayor to court

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

The federal judge presiding over a settlement between the Baltimore Police Department and the U.S. Justice Department has asked the city's mayor to appear in court to discuss the costs of the agreement.

Video raises questions about killing by California police

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

A legally blind man suffering from schizophrenia who was fatally shot by police at a California gas station was the victim of a "cold-blooded execution," his attorney charged Thursday, after a surveillance video was released that raises questions about whether the man advanced on officers with a knife.

Officials: Woman throws dog from bridge, claiming it can fly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

Authorities say a woman claimed dogs could fly before tossing a small dog about 30 feet off a South Florida bridge, injuring the animal.

Supreme Court to hear case about party in vacant DC house

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:53pm

The Supreme Court will hear a case in which people arrested for having a party in a vacant house sued police for violating their constitutional rights and won.