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Massive blaze threatens Gold Rush era town near Yosemite

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:48pm

The town of Mariposa, with its century-old saloons and covered streets, normally bustles with summer visitors on their way to Yosemite National Park but on Thursday the Gold Rush-era hamlet was mostly empty as ash rained down and heavy smoke from a nearby blaze darkened the sky.

Latest: Chief says woman's death 'should not have happened'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:48pm

The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in Minneapolis (all times local):

Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:38pm

President Donald Trump's growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special counsel Robert Mueller would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances. But that's a line that Mueller seems sure to cross.

Latah County law officers seek 2 armed men in slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:38pm

The Latah County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that is believed to have occurred earlier this week near Troy, Idaho.

US seeks Syrian solution, but Assad doesn't have to go first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:32pm

The U.S. is seeking a political resolution to the crisis in Syria and won't insist on Syrian President Bashar Assad's immediate ouster, President Donald Trump's homeland and counterterrorism adviser said Thursday.

DOJ seeks to waive Harley-Davidson air-pollution punishment

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:22pm

The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels.

Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:22pm

John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump — so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where he's battling brain cancer, the Arizona senator on Thursday lobbed a new attack at the White House over its Syria policy.

Embattled Salt Lake County recorder Gary Ott to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:18pm

A Utah elected official who has been placed under his family's guardianship after more than a year public questions about his mental capacity will resign his office.

No foul play: Burundi robotics teens likely meant to vanish

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:12pm

As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn't find his kids.

Lawsuit: Prisoners may have been forced to bark for food

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:01pm

Louisiana prison officials blocked attorneys from investigating "alarming" allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to kneel or bend down and bark like dogs to get food, a lawsuit alleges.

Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:51pm

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media.

Trump, Mattis: US winning fight against Islamic State group

Matthew Daly and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:51pm

The United States is winning its fight against the Islamic State group and enlarging an international coalition to defeat the group, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, hours after President Donald Trump said "ISIS is falling fast, very fast."

Texas sued again over abortion year after Supreme Court loss

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:32pm

Planned Parenthood and other groups sued Texas on Thursday over a new ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's first major anti-abortion measure since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had prompted more than half of its abortion clinics to close.

Suspect pleads not guilty in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:32pm

A 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:12pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping clear of the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.

US praises Sudan on counterterrorism despite blacklist

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

The Trump administration is praising Sudan for improving its counterterrorism record despite keeping it on a blacklist of countries that sponsor terrorism.

The Latest: Fire crews slow progress of California wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

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

Baltimore reviews cases of police accused of planting drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:53pm

Baltimore's top prosecutor announced a review Thursday of nearly 100 cases involving three officers who appear in a body camera video that allegedly shows evidence being fabricated.