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Ban on people sitting on walls in Philadelphia park is ended

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:31pm

Philadelphia has ended a ban on people sitting on walls in a park in a posh section of the city.

Boy accused in girl's death to be treated in juvenile lockup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:31pm

A Utah teenager declared mentally incompetent for trial on murder and sexual assault charges in the death of a 12-year-old neighbor girl will stay in juvenile detention during treatment.

Judge: Planned Parenthood videos 'baloney' in Medicaid fight

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:30pm

A federal judge deciding whether Texas can block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid dollars scolded attorneys Tuesday for rehashing the debate over secretly recorded videos that Republicans across the U.S. — Texas included — have used to try defunding the nation's largest abortion provider.

Lawmakers urge Detroit-area mayor to resign over recordings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:30pm

Federal, state and county lawmakers are calling for a Detroit-area mayor to quit after unverified audio tapes surfaced purportedly featuring him making racist and sexist comments.

Obama shortens sentences for 209 inmates, grants pardons to 64 people including retired Gen. James Cartwright

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:30pm

Obama shortens sentences for 209 inmates, grants pardons to 64 people including retired Gen. James Cartwright.

University of California's Napolitano in hospital for cancer

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:30pm

University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months, the school system said Tuesday, a revelation that came to light only after she was hospitalized with complications.

Obama gives $500 million to climate fund over GOP objections

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:22pm

With just three days left in office, the Obama administration has doubled an initial $500 million commitment to a fund that helps developing nations fight climate change and adapt to its consequences.

NYC police hold trial for officer who killed unarmed man

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:21pm

Lawyers in a disciplinary case for a police officer accused of killing an unarmed 18-year-old in a New York City home in 2012 agreed Tuesday that the officer had reason to suspect the victim had a gun, but clashed sharply over the officer's response.

Virginia governor won't spare life of convicted killer

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:21pm

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will not spare the life of a man set to be executed this week for the slayings of two young girls in their Richmond home on New Year's Day 2006.

Cubans bemoan end of 'wet foot, dry foot' immigration policy

Adriana Gomez Licon and Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:14pm

In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or more before his wife and two children still in Cuba can legally join him here.

US imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:01pm

The Obama administration has imposed financial sanctions on a Bosnian Serb leader for obstructing the U.S.-brokered peace accords that ended Bosnia's war two decades ago.

George Beall, attorney who led Spiro Agnew prosecution, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:01pm

George Beall, the federal attorney who headed the investigation and prosecution that led to Spiro Agnew's resignation as vice president, has died, his wife says.

Court: Inmates can sue Missouri jail that left them naked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:01pm

A federal appeals court says former inmates at a central Missouri county jail can sue over a policy that left them naked while laundry was done.

Man, 44, accused of killing, dismembering Louisiana roommate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:54pm

A 44-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering a 27-year-old who was living with the suspect's ex-girlfriend in an apartment where detectives found evidence of blood spatters, a big pool of blood and a struggle, authorities said Tuesday.

Court backs ruling that man give fingerprint to unlock phone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:51pm

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a judge's ruling requiring a man to provide a fingerprint to unlock a cellphone was constitutional.

The Latest: John Lewis rep: History refutes LePage's remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:51pm

The Latest on Gov. Paul LePage's comments about John Lewis and the NAACP (all times local):

Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

Eric Tucker and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:41pm

The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time, prosecutors said Tuesday as she appeared in court to face charges of aiding and abetting her husband in the months before the rampage last June that left 49 people dead.

Florida family searching for missing dog after fatal crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:41pm

A man and his 14-year old son are searching for their dog, Copper, who went missing after a crash that killed the teen's mother.

GOP lawmakers unaware of details of Trump's health care plan

Manu Raju, Tami Luhby and Tom Lobianco, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:41pm

Republican lawmakers are in the dark about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare and are frustrated he is emphasizing "insurance for everybody," three senior GOP sources told CNN on Tuesday.

Airport shooting suspect blamed 'mind control,' IS ties

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:40pm

The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport told investigators initially he was under government mind control and then claimed to be inspired by Islamic State websites and chatrooms, authorities said at a hearing Tuesday.