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4 injured as helicopter crash-lands on Los Angeles street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

A small helicopter crash-landed on a San Fernando Valley street on Friday, injuring four people on board, authorities said.

Evacuation order lifted for California Gold Rush-era town

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

An aggressive wildfire sweeping through California foothills covered with dense brush and trees destroyed dozens of homes but spared a historic Gold Rush-era town popular with tourists bound for Yosemite National Park, officials said Friday.

The Latest: Panel in talks with Manafort, Trump Jr. reps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

The Latest on the ongoing investigations into Russia meddling in the 2016 election (all times EDT):

Judge: Florida woman may keep mum on who's paying legal fees

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

One ongoing mystery in a three-year-old Florida murder-for-hire case will not be solved, at least for now: who is paying the attorneys representing one of the suspects?

Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it's an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah.

Trump names lawyer as new acting ethics chief

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

President Donald Trump designated a veteran government lawyer Friday as a temporary replacement for a former ethics chief who sparred repeatedly with the White House over the handling of its officials' finances.

Sessions: Officials should consider harm of sanctuary city

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again singled out Philadelphia on Friday as an increasingly violent city made more dangerous by immigrants living in the country illegally, setting up a showdown with the nation's top law enforcement official in a so-called sanctuary city.

The Latest: Agency: Boy smoking pot sparks California fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

The Latest on the wildfires burning in the west (all times local):

Mother of boy who died after hours in hot van sues day care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

An Arkansas mother whose 5-year-old son died after being left in a day care van for almost nine hours in hot weather is suing the facility.

Minnesota police shooting isn't only death of 911 caller

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

The fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota isn't by any means the first time police in the U.S. have mistakenly killed someone who called them for help or to report a crime.

2 Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

Two Baltimore police detectives who were armed with their service weapons while robbing people who were physically restrained have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Florida to compete in the island city's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.

The Latest: Scaramucci takes podium, declares loyalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

The Latest on changes to the White House communications staff (all times local):

Bodycam video shows new angle on Minnesota cop shooting dogs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

Newly released body camera video shows a Minneapolis police officer shooting a homeowner's dog as the dog walked toward the officer, tail wagging, before the officer shot a second dog who was rushing toward him.

Castile's mother files for entirety of $3M settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

The mother of slain motorist Philando Castile has filed a petition to receive nearly all of a $3 million settlement in his death.

Utah group wants to create a new redistricting commission

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

A Utah reform group is calling for the creation of an independent commission amid allegations that gerrymandering has been going on during redistricting.

S. Idaho man not allowed to withdraw guilty plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

A south-central Idaho man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife will not be allowed to withdraw the plea.

Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary

Ken Thomas and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:31pm

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate."

House unveils plan to fix VA's budget gap as deadline looms

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:31pm

A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks.