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Lawsuit: Prisoners may have been forced to bark for food

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:50pm

A lawsuit accuses state prison officials of blocking attorneys from investigating claims that inmates with disabilities are being neglected and abused at a north Louisiana prison.

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

Anthony McCartney and Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:43pm

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner says. He was 41.

Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping clear of 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.

New Jersey fisherman tries to save brother, but both drown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:21pm

Authorities say two brothers who were fishing in New Jersey have died after one got into trouble while swimming and the other tried to save him.

Television networks return to old obsession with Simpson

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:21pm

Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession by casting aside regular daytime programming Thursday to cover O.J. Simpson's parole hearing in Nevada on an armed robbery conviction.

3 charged with helping South Carolina inmate escape

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:11pm

Three people have been arrested for helping an inmate escape from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, officials said Thursday.

2 missing Burundi teens entered Canada; no foul play seen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:02pm

Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers missing after an international robotics competition were seen crossing the border into Canada.

Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:59pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

Tribe wants centuries-old remains found in Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:52pm

At least one tribe will seek possession of human bones found protruding from an Idaho badger hole after tests determined they weren't from modern day homicide victims but belonged to people who lived five centuries ago.

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.

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.

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.