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Bomb suspect's lawyers: Feds drumming up terror theory

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:02pm

Lawyers for a man accused of plotting bomb attacks in New Jersey and New York say the government is doing everything it can to wrongfully portray their client as a terrorist.

4 injured as helicopter crash-lands on Los Angeles street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:59pm

A small helicopter crash-landed on a San Fernando Valley street on Friday, injuring four people on board, authorities said.

Mattis says US still debating 'big ideas' on Afghan plan

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:59pm

The Trump administration is still sorting out "the big ideas" for a new Afghanistan strategy, beyond troop levels and other military details, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:59pm

An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been extradited to Philadelphia to be tried in civilian court rather than face trial at Guantanamo Bay.

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US bans travel for Americans to NKorea after Warmbier death

Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:41pm

American citizens will be barred by the U.S. from traveling to North Korea beginning next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.

Abortion fight rages in Kentucky, which has just 1 clinic

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:41pm

Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic.

House unveils plan to fix VA's budget gap as deadline looms

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:41pm

A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks.

The Latest: Man says life ruined by ex-wife's murder plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:35pm

The Latest on a former Florida escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband (all times local):

Ohio argues against execution delays for 3 condemned inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:32pm

Ohio is arguing against the delays of three upcoming executions on grounds that the condemned killers have little chance of legal victory and repeated postponements are draining state resources.

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Spicer resigns as White House press secretary; Sanders picked as replacement

Ken Thomas and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:31pm

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate."

Evacuation order lifted for California Gold Rush-era town

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

An aggressive wildfire sweeping through California foothills covered with dense brush and trees destroyed dozens of homes but spared a historic Gold Rush-era town popular with tourists bound for Yosemite National Park, officials said Friday.

The Latest: Panel in talks with Manafort, Trump Jr. reps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

The Latest on the ongoing investigations into Russia meddling in the 2016 election (all times EDT):

Judge: Florida woman may keep mum on who's paying legal fees

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:12pm

One ongoing mystery in a three-year-old Florida murder-for-hire case will not be solved, at least for now: who is paying the attorneys representing one of the suspects?

Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it's an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah.

Trump names lawyer as new acting ethics chief

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

President Donald Trump designated a veteran government lawyer Friday as a temporary replacement for a former ethics chief who sparred repeatedly with the White House over the handling of its officials' finances.

Sessions: Officials should consider harm of sanctuary city

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again singled out Philadelphia on Friday as an increasingly violent city made more dangerous by immigrants living in the country illegally, setting up a showdown with the nation's top law enforcement official in a so-called sanctuary city.

The Latest: Agency: Boy smoking pot sparks California fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

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

Mother of boy who died after hours in hot van sues day care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

An Arkansas mother whose 5-year-old son died after being left in a day care van for almost nine hours in hot weather is suing the facility.

Minnesota police shooting isn't only death of 911 caller

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

The fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota isn't by any means the first time police in the U.S. have mistakenly killed someone who called them for help or to report a crime.

2 Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

Two Baltimore police detectives who were armed with their service weapons while robbing people who were physically restrained have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.