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APNewsBreak: Rail design led to deadliness of train crash

Michael Balsamo and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:18pm

Federal investigators have concluded that a fiery crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the suburbs in 2015 was extra deadly because of an unusual rail design, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Monday.

Woman accused in fiance's river kayaking death pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:11pm

A woman who was accused of intentionally drowning her fiance in the Hudson River by tampering with his kayak as part of a murderous plot to collect on his life insurance pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge that could minimize the amount of additional time she spends in jail.

Relocate, kill are among options studied for mountain goats

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:11pm

Olympic National Park officials are weighing several options to remove mountain goats from the park, including a plan to capture and relocate as many of the animals as possible and shooting others.

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Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

Frank Bajak and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:01pm

The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

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No Russia collusion, 'nothing to hide,' Kushner tells Senate

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:01pm

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner answered questions from Senate investigators for hours behind closed doors Monday, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House bid and insisting he had "nothing to hide." He emerged smiling to publicly declare, "All of my actions were proper."

Justice Dept. pick could face questions on Russian bank ties

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 5:01pm

President Donald Trump's pick for a top Justice Department post could face questions during a Tuesday Senate confirmation hearing about his work for a leading Russian bank with ties to President Vladimir Putin.

Trump intensifies criticism of his own attorney general

Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:50pm

President Donald Trump took a remarkable new swipe at his own attorney general on Monday, referring to Jeff Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered" while privately musing about whether he should fire his longtime ally.

Senate confirms GOP lawyer for No. 2 role at Interior

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:50pm

The Senate on Monday confirmed David Bernhardt, a lawyer and former Interior Department official, as deputy Interior secretary, second in command to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Canadian polygamous leader found guilty of having 25 wives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:50pm

Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court battle over the constitutionality of Canada's polygamy laws.

11 states sue over EPA delay of new chemical safety rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:37pm

A coalition of 11 states has filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's decision to delay new chemical plant safety rules from taking effect for at least two years.

The Latest: Trump's son-in-law denies colluding with Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:37pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigations (all times local):

Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:31pm

A teenage driver lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities said Monday killed her younger sister in California.

Dramatic Scalise shooting audio appears in ad for Senate bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:23pm

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama began airing a campaign ad Monday for his Senate bid that draws on dramatic audio from the shooting attack that badly wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to tout Brooks' support for gun rights.

Tractor-trailer survivor says people cried, asked for water

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:23pm

Adan Lalravega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.

Mattis blasts Pentagon for complacency and wastefulness

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:21pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scolded the Pentagon bureaucracy for "cavalier" use of taxpayer dollars, citing an episode of wasteful spending on private-label uniforms for the Afghan military that has caught the attention of Congress.

Personnel records out for Minnesota officer who shot woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:21pm

The personnel records for a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman have been released.

The Latest: Slain man's family unhappy charges dismissed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:15pm

The Latest on the dismissal of charges against a white police officer who killed an unarmed black motorist in Cincinnati (all times local):

Rescued eagle unable to return to wild, will stay at Utah wildlife rehab center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:15pm

Phoenix, a 5-year-old golden eagle, leaps from perch to perch in his enclosure. He does it with a brace on his left foot.

Charges dropped in Ohio police shooting of unarmed black man

Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:11pm

A judge in Cincinnati on Monday dismissed the charges against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop, after a county prosecutor declined to pursue a third murder trial in the case.