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Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:46pm

Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.

3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Michael Tarm and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:46pm

Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, saying the officers lied when they alleged the teenager "aggressively" swung a knife at officers and attempted to get up from the ground still armed with the knife after he was shot.

Heat a possible factor in 12 Maricopa County deaths

Angie Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:46pm

Officials are investigating the heat as a possible factor in 12 deaths in metro Phoenix last week as temperatures soared to 119 degrees.

Confusion reigns in military post lockdown; no shots fired

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:39pm

Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama.

Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St. Pat's Day

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump spoke for the first time Tuesday with Ireland's new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

Salt Lake City man pleads guilty in husband's fire death

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:36pm

A Utah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and arson charges in the house-fire death of his husband, a well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur and LGBT pioneer.

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US cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:36pm

The Trump administration said Tuesday it has detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical attack and threatened to retaliate — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

Fort Worth officer who shot fork-wielding man fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:36pm

A Fort Worth officer has been fired after his aggravated assault trial in the shooting of a man walking in his neighborhood holding a barbecue fork ended in a hung jury.

Idaho official: It's illegal to buy aerial fireworks

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:35pm

It's illegal for people to buy aerial fireworks in Idaho without a special use permit, the Idaho Attorney General's Office said in an opinion released Tuesday.

Grease fire blamed for blaze along San Antonio River Walk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:16pm

Authorities say hundreds of shoppers and hotel guests were safely evacuated after a grease fire at a mall along the San Antonio River Walk poured thick smoke into the tourist area.

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

John Flesher and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:10pm

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach.

Pennsylvania to set policy limiting release of police video

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

The state is poised to set a policy exempting police audio and video recordings from its public-records law and giving police departments broad discretion over when to refuse requests from people for copies of them.

Police: Man who died during robbery was 'scared to death'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

Police say a contractor who suffered a fatal heart attack while working overnight at a Wisconsin Culver's was "scared to death" when two armed men tried to rob the restaurant.

Recall against Stanford case judge would be 2 years later

Linda Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman say they believe voters will still support the effort even though it wouldn't appear on the ballot until two years after the case drew national attention.

US says Myanmar no longer among worst on human trafficking

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:53pm

The United States asserted Tuesday that Myanmar is no longer one of the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.

New Hampshire woman jailed for giving woman in labor heroin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:53pm

A New Hampshire woman who injected heroin and methamphetamines into a friend about to give birth has been sentenced to a year in jail.

The Latest: Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:46pm

The Latest on three Chicago officers' indictment on conspiracy charges in Laquan McDonald fatal shooting case (all times local):

Few answers on travel ban as launch deadline looms

Alicia A. Caldwell and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:45pm

The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, but has yet to say how it will be implemented or what it will do to avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban.

House adds security funding in wake of Scalise shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:45pm

The House has moved to provide lawmakers with a $25,000 allowance to take additional security steps in the wake of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this month.

Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:40pm

Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation when she said librarians are on the front line of "the fight to defend truth and reason, evidence and facts."