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Up to 90 mph wind recorded in Laramie

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:46pm

Wind gusts of up to 90 mph knocked out power and downed trees in Laramie in southeast Wyoming.

Lawsuit: Mississippi political scandal pushed man to suicide

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:46pm

Relatives of a Mississippi man who killed himself are suing a mayor, police officers and a law firm, saying they are part of a political network that pushed him to suicide during a bitterly-fought U.S. Senate race.

Justice Dept. group honors transgender teen in bathroom case

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:46pm

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.

FBI agent in court on charge of lying about rancher shooting

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:34pm

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.

Sister of WWII soldier gets his long-lost Purple Heart

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:34pm

A New Jersey woman whose brother was killed in action during World War II has received his long-lost Purple Heart.

Former Kansas patrol trooper indicted for excessive force

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:30pm

A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been indicted on a charge alleging that he used excessive force.

Officials: Shooter scare at Army base was false alarm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:23pm

A security scare that shut down an Alabama Army base and sparked fears of a shooting was a false alarm, the military said Wednesday.

Michigan man's bid to overturn murder convictions halted

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:23pm

A Michigan man has lost his effort to reverse his murder and sexual assault convictions from the 1980s.

Iraq refugee with ties to kidnapper pleads guilty to fraud

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:23pm

An Iraqi refugee living in Virginia who was accused of hiding her ties to the kidnapper of a U.S. contractor has pleaded guilty to an unrelated fraud charge.

Missouri man cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:23pm

A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect.

Florida Supreme Court hears death penalty-prosecutor dispute

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:12pm

The Florida Supreme Court scrutinized a prosecutor over her refusal to seek the death penalty in two dozen murder cases, and a justice suggested during arguments Wednesday that Gov. Rick Scott had the power to suspend the state attorney.

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Chicago charges show challenge of police code of silence

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:12pm

Since late 2015, the public has known that police who witnessed the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald described a scene starkly different than the one that later emerged on video of a white officer pumping 16 bullets into the black teenager.

Try as it may, Trump administration can't avoid Qatar crisis

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:12pm

It's the geopolitical crisis the Trump administration just can't quit.

Perjury case dropped against ex-trooper in Sandra Bland case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:12pm

A misdemeanor perjury charge has been dismissed against a fired Texas state trooper in a case arising from his 2015 arrest of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was later found dead in a county jail.

The Latest: ACLU condemns destruction of Arkansas monument

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:10pm

The Latest on the destruction of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol (all times local):

Arizona wildfire forces thousands of people from their homes

Matt York and Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:04pm

A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.

Prosecutor: No crime committed by officer in man's death

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:02pm

A Connecticut police officer was justified when he shocked a man with a stun gun for 20 seconds shortly before the man died of a heart problem and blunt injury to his head, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

The Latest: House panel seeks Pentagon climate change review

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:02pm

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

Inmate fatally shot, deputy wounded inside Tennessee clinic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:02pm

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

Iowa ACLU wants new rules on schools use of seclusion rooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:00pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa wants the state to change rules regarding public schools' use of padded seclusion rooms and physical restraints.