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Ex-Iowa legislator gets prison for taking money to back Paul

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:50pm

Former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson, who accepted money for endorsing presidential candidate Ron Paul in 2012, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday — even though prosecutors had sought only probation.

Marshals add fugitive in officer slaying to most wanted list

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:50pm

A man wanted in the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police sergeant has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service's list of most wanted fugitives.

Prosecutor: Fatal cop shooting of man with blade justified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:50pm

A police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who had a utility knife and told officers he would kill them or they would have to kill him, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:41pm

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

Names released of N. Idaho deputies injured in shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:41pm

Authorities have released the names of two Bonner County sheriff's deputies shot while serving an arrest warrant in northern Idaho near Blanchard.

Search of lake for human remains from plane crash ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:40pm

Officials say DNA profiles have been developed for three of the six people aboard a plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland and the search for human remains and plane debris has ended.

Bobcat that jumped on woman, scratched 2 others is killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:40pm

Authorities say a bobcat that jumped on a woman and scratched two other women trying to help her in Connecticut has been shot and killed.

Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning's prison sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:40pm

President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified documents.

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.