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Court: Michigan sex offender rules cannot be retroactive

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:00pm

Significant changes to Michigan's sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to potentially thousands of sex offenders because the revisions unconstitutionally stiffen the punishment of offenders after their convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Phoenix police renew call for tips in serial killer case

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50pm

Phoenix police renewed pleas to the public Thursday for information that could help catch a serial killer who has been stalking predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods.

Missouri judge stops appointment of Nixon as public defender

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50pm

A Missouri judge is blocking the state public defender director from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to a case.

North Las Vegas municipal judge loses job in misconduct case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:41pm

The first female North Las Vegas judge in city history is losing her job, after admitting she engaged in seven instances of professional misconduct on the bench.

Ex-Maryland official tapped to run New Orleans' violent jail

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:41pm

A former Maryland corrections official has been tapped to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail.

LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:31pm

A Los Angeles woman has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son whose body was found in a closet.

Suit over releasing Pulse 911 calls goes back to state court

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

The legal fight over releasing the 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting was sent back to state court Thursday by a federal judge.

The Latest: Final tally of tornadoes could break record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

The Latest on tornadoes that touched down in Indiana and Ohio (all times local):

New Mexico: Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.

Yellowstone tourists see smoke, detour but still the sights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

Popular areas in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks were welcoming tourists Thursday for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but a wildfire forced some people to drive a little farther than they expected to get to the festivities.

California: Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:12pm

Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities declared nearly 3,000 square miles in California's Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for the endangered animals.

2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home, their vehicle gone

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:11pm

Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said Thursday.

Correction: Missing Ship story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:53pm

In a story Aug. 24 about new information recovered from the sunken freighter El Faro's black box, The Associated Press reported erroneously when the captain ordered the crew to abandon ship. The order was given about 36 hours into its journey, not 10 hours.

The Latest: Catholic diocese 'saddened' by nuns' slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:50pm

The Latest on the slayings of two Catholic nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

2 men in Nevada standoff case plead guilty in federal court

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:50pm

Two defendants became the first on Thursday to plead guilty in Las Vegas to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman and open-range advocate Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Secret Service agent who protected LBJ dies in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:41pm

Jim Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, has died in Texas. He was 80.

GOP governor: Most drug dealers arrested are black, Hispanic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

Judge: NY ex-Assembly speaker can remain free during appeal

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence, a judge ruled Thursday as she concluded that an appeals court will have to decide whether the jury received proper instructions on the law in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

6th person killed in apartment explosion identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Authorities have identified a sixth person killed in an explosion and fire at a Maryland apartment complex.