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Posting could elevate severity of man's charges in killing

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:00pm

A Twitter posting by an Arizona man who was arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate during a struggle could elevate the severity of charges he could face.

Court considers Kansas rule that voters prove citizenship

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

A federal appeals court will decide whether Kansas has the right to ask people who register to vote when they get their driver's licenses for proof that they're citizens, a decision which could affect whether thousands have their ballots counted in November's election.

Police: 3 children, man die in Chicago apartment fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

A fire at a Chicago apartment building that appears to have been deliberately set killed four people Tuesday, including three children, police said.

Blacks in Texas face greatest pregnancy-related death risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

Black women face the greatest risk for pregnancy-related death in Texas, according to a new report.

The Latest: 50 campers and other evacuated in Grand Teton

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

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The Latest: Debate ignited after judge bows out of sex case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

The Latest on the California judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail (all times local):

The Latest: Louisiana flood victim surprised by Obama visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

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Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of free web kiosks

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:50pm

An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.

DOJ: Georgia schools violated disabled students' rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over the treatment of students with disabilities.

Haslam touts Tennessee Promise program at Columbia State

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has visited Columbia State Community College to welcome back students participating in his Tennessee Promise program that offers free tuition at the state's two-year colleges.

Crews hauling away debris as Louisiana cleanup continues

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of moldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes.

Experts: NC case unaffected by Texas transgender ruling

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

Supporters of North Carolina's bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's ability to withhold federal money from schools that don't let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

Judge hears motion for new trial in '91 killing of boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:40pm

A New Jersey judge has heard arguments from an attorney representing a Florida woman seeking a new trial after she was convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in 1991.

School athlete's sex assault case compared to Stanford case

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:33pm

The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction.

Fast-moving range fire forces evacuations in eastern Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

Authorities have ordered evacuations in eastern Idaho where a fast-moving wildfire burning rangeland and sage grouse habitat in a rural area has ballooned to 40 square miles.

School board president faces child pornography charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The school board president in a northern New Jersey town is facing child pornography charges.

Burt's Bees landowner gifts land to US government

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government.

Experts conclude Flint River might have caused skin rashes

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

The improperly treated river water that Flint residents bathed and cleaned with for 1½ years may have caused skin rashes that possibly worsened because people became mentally stressed and changed their hygiene over concerns about the water, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

Arkansas city sued over hot check court fines, arrests

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:31pm

A central Arkansas city is effectively operating a debtors' prison that imposes hefty fines and jail time for thousands of poor people whose checks bounce and infringes on their constitutional rights by shielding court proceedings from public scrutiny, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.