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Man walks free after federal judge tosses murder conviction

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice say Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress in the effort to end racial bias in police and court practices, but more transparency is needed.

Police: Man killed father with bat at county official's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Police say an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father's Day.

ACLU accuses Minnesota officers of brutalizing suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing law enforcement officers in Minnesota of a brutal attack on an assault suspect.

Man sentenced to death penalty in girlfriend's Ohio slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

An Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky and killing her along an Ohio interstate has been sentenced to receive the death penalty.

Judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:46pm

A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

House chairman to seek $640 billion in military spending

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:46pm

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says he'll push to increase defense spending by $37 billion more than President Donald Trump proposed to pay for more troops and new weapons.

Cindy weakens but still stirs weather over wide swath

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide — two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Jeh Johnson testimony

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump says congressional testimony from the former Homeland Security Secretary backs up his claim that his campaign did not collude with Russian officials. But that's not what Johnson said.

Nebraska Democratic official ousted for Scalise comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

The Nebraska Democratic Party has removed a party official from his post after he was recorded saying he was glad U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise got shot and he wished the Louisiana Republican had died.

States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:30pm

The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:27pm

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Gov. defends handling of contentious Chaffetz-seat election

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:26pm

Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday defended his handling of an increasingly contentious special election called after U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's surprise decision to resign.

400 more homes evacuated as Utah wildfire grows

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:25pm

A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town has forced the evacuations of 400 more homes after the fire doubled in size amid high winds, authorities said Thursday.

Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

Andrew Selsky., Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:25pm

Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands.

Wyoming brothers in jail accused in altercation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:25pm

Two brothers who are inmates in the same Wyoming jail are facing charges in an altercation with another inmate.

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:15pm

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii.

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:15pm

A Virginia man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent.

Timeline of events surrounding Michigan airport stabbing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:15pm

A Canadian man has been charged in the stabbing of a Michigan airport police officer, and authorities are investigating the attack as a possible terrorist act.

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No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:07pm

President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.