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US-Russia calls increase to avoid air mishaps in Syria

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

U.S. military phone calls with Russia have increased as the two countries work to avoid aircraft mishaps in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria, a senior American Air Force commander said Wednesday.

Justice watchdog says DEA botched deadly Honduras missions

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and Justice Department officials about an aggressive yet poorly planned strategy that led to a series of deadly confrontations involving agents in Honduras, government watchdogs wrote in a scathing report released Wednesday.

Former Mississippi prison chief sentenced to nearly 20 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Mississippi's prison system to nearly 20 years in prison in a wide-ranging corruption case.

The Latest: Dem wants to know if Trump pressed intel chiefs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise.

The Latest: New Missouri campus chancellor prizes diversity

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

The Latest on the introduction of the new chancellor of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus (all times local):

Biden tells grads to take up 'dirty business of politics'

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden is urging college graduates to take up the "dirty business of politics" to change the trajectory of the world.

Mourners honor college student slain days before graduation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Arkansas Democrats' dinner renamed to honor Bill Clinton

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

The Arkansas Democratic Party on Wednesday renamed its annual fundraising dinner in honor of its favorite political son, former President Bill Clinton, nearly a year after dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from the event over the late presidents' slave ownership.

USGA wants focus on Women's Open golf, not Trump's course

Tom Canavan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

The USGA insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the U.S. Women's Open at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump in less than two months.

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents

Deb Riechmann and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

APNewsBreak: Ohio officer's attorneys seek dismissal of case

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:19pm

Attorneys for a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist are asking an Ohio judge to dismiss the case on the eve of his murder retrial, claiming the county prosecutor violated a gag order.

University of Missouri introduces new chancellor

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

A top New York state university administrator named Wednesday to the helm of the University of Missouri's flagship campus said he stands poised to tackle the school's formidable challenges, from looming budget cuts to nagging racial discord and slumping enrollment.

'I won't give up': Death row inmate seeks execution reprieve

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

The man derisively called the "Houdini" of death row by victims' advocates is asking the courts to halt his execution for an eighth time, saying Alabama's execution method won't properly sedate him before he's injected with drugs to stop his heart and lungs.

Trump said to praise 'great job' in Philippine drug fight

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump praised the Philippines' president for an "unbelievable job" in a fight against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead and drawn condemnation from American lawmakers, according to a leaked transcript of their telephone conversation last month.

Ex-officer who shot teen sentenced to 3 months in jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

A former Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been sentenced to three months in jail.

Oklahoma trooper says 1 dead after truck crosses runway

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:54pm

The driver of a stolen utility truck crashed through a fence at a Tulsa airport and into oncoming freeway traffic, where it plowed head-on into a car and killed one person early Wednesday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Court: US gun ban doesn't apply to city domestic abuse laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:50pm

An appeals court says someone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic battery under a city ordinance can legally have a gun.

Kayaker still missing days after accident that killed friend

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:49pm

Searchers outside Pittsburgh are continuing to look for a kayaker who has been missing since a weekend boating accident that killed her friend.

Lawyer accused of deportation threat to silence rape victim

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:49pm

A Maryland defense attorney and his interpreter are charged with trying to intimidate a rape victim by raising the possibility of deportation if she testified against their client.