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Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before 2018

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely boost Democratic candidates, following three recent court findings that Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters.

Correction: Confederate General-Tennessee story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

In a story April 26 about a resolution honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Associated Press reported erroneously the function of a building at Middle Tennessee State University named after the Confederate general. It is an ROTC center, not a dorm.

8 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects appear in US court

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans. Some questions and answers about the case that began nearly six years ago with a phone call to an elderly widow in a small North Dakota town:

Police detain teen in fatal beating of 86-year-old woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

Northern California police say they have detained a young man in the apparently random beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track.

Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House for talks on Thursday and said the two countries will be "great friends, better than ever before."

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:00pm

University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issue under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week.

Gay legislator hits back at online troll by calling grandma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:00pm

An openly gay Pennsylvania politician has hit back at an internet troll who posted a slur on his Facebook page — by calling the troll's grandmother.

Mountain lion killed in Riverton

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:42pm

Authorities have killed a mountain lion after it was sighted a second time this week near homes and an elementary school in the central Wyoming city of Riverton.

Ex-SC firefighter sentenced for fake bomb-threat texts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:42pm

A former volunteer firefighter in South Carolina has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for sending messages about a fake bomb threat to try to get his station called in the event of a real emergency.

The Latest: Man sentenced to death in trooper's slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:42pm

The Latest on the trial of a gunman who shot two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks (all times local):

Arkansas prepares to wrap up aggressive execution schedule

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:40pm

The last inmate set to die under Arkansas' compressed execution timetable looked to state and federal courts Thursday in final bids to save his life.

Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:33pm

Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta.

US releases Venezuelan activist seeking asylum in Miami

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:30pm

U.S. immigration authorities have released a Venezuelan opposition activist who was detained a day earlier as he waited to attend a hearing on his request for political asylum.

Suspect pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thursday after a lengthy standoff with police had been fond of guns since middle school, a former neighbor and classmate said.

Atlanta attorney indicted on murder charge in wife's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:20pm

A prominent Atlanta attorney has been indicted in the fatal shooting of his wife last year.

US beach money forces town to give more parking near coast

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:13pm

One of the biggest obstacles to public beach access in New Jersey may be coming to an end.

Prosecutors say Ohio man planned to join Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

Federal prosecutors say they began investigating a Jordanian citizen living in Ohio after he was arrested while trying to get into the Turkish embassy in Washington.

Cause of blaze that killed 6 children remains undetermined

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:00pm

Baltimore fire officials say the cause of a January blaze that killed six children remains undetermined.

NYC police department launches 1st phase of bodycam program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:00pm

The New York Police Department is launching the first phase of a plan to equip 22,000 officers with body cameras.

Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

Darlene Superville and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:57pm

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.