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Man guilty of Vegas hammer attack avoids charges in killings

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:14pm

Police created a "human decoy," posing a mannequin like a sleeping homeless person, to catch a man they believe bludgeoned two men to death and injured a third in downtown Las Vegas.

Appeals court ruling opens door to Ohio resuming executions

Lisa Cornwell and Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:14pm

Ohio moved a step closer to resuming executions as a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in the state's favor in a case over its lethal injection process.

2 crash victims, 1 suicide after police chase in New Orleans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:14pm

A car fleeing Louisiana State Police troopers crashed in New Orleans on Wednesday, killing a 2-year-old girl and a man who were thrown from the vehicle, authorities said. A third man killed himself at the scene.

Bison rams, injures married couple at Yellowstone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:10pm

A husband and wife were injured when a bison rammed them as they were taking photographs in Yellowstone National Park.

The Latest: Wildfire threatens homes north of Los Angeles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:05pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):

FBI agent in court on charge of lying about rancher shooting

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:04pm

An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police.

Police: Pregnant woman overdoses, charged with baby assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:04pm

A Pennsylvania woman who police say overdosed on heroin while pregnant and had to undergo a cesarean section is being charged with assault on her unborn child.

Senate Intelligence Committee to get access to Comey memos

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:00pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee has an agreement to get former FBI Director James Comey's memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump.

The Latest: Panel rejects bid to add women to military draft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:52pm

The Latest on deliberations by the House and Senate Armed Services committees over the 2018 defense budget (all times local):

South Korean leader vows to stand with Trump on NKorea

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:43pm

South Korea's new leader vowed Wednesday to stand firmly with President Donald Trump against North Korea, playing down his past advocacy of a softer approach toward the nuclear-armed nation as he made his first visit as president to Washington.

Man who died during armed robbery identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:40pm

The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified the man who died during an armed robbery at a Culver's restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin.

Inmate fatally shot, deputy wounded inside Tennessee clinic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:34pm

Officials say an inmate was killed and an officer wounded after the prisoner attacked one of his escorts inside a Tennessee clinic.

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Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

Jill Bleed and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:24pm

A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.

Sept. 11 worker facing deportation is freed from detention

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:18pm

A onetime Sept. 11 World Trade Center cleanup volunteer who faces possible deportation over a 1990 drug conviction but was pardoned by the governor was freed from immigration detention on Wednesday.

Complaint: Woman blames video stunt for boyfriend's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:16pm

A Minnesota woman charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend told authorities it was a video stunt gone wrong.

Justice Dept. group honors transgender teen in bathroom case

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:16pm

A transgender teen who sued to be able to use the boys' bathroom was honored Wednesday by members of a Justice Department whose leadership undercut his landmark case before it could be heard by the Supreme Court.

Man sentenced to 10 years for killing daughter's boyfriend

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:05pm

A Vermont farmer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his daughter's boyfriend and burying his body beneath a manure pile.

Sister of WWII soldier gets his long-lost Purple Heart

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:05pm

A New Jersey woman whose brother was killed during World War II received his long-lost Purple Heart and the flag that was used at his burial.

With 40 months to go, Trump holds re-election fundraiser

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:05pm

First-time candidate Donald Trump got a late start on fundraising in 2016, holding his first big-ticket donor event only five months before Election Day. That won't be the case next time.

Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:54pm

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council's refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a crisis that has largely been blamed on the state itself.