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President Obama's favorite college professor dies at age 69

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:26pm

Roger Boesche, a popular professor and renowned scholar credited by Barack Obama with sparking the future president's interest in politics when he was an undergraduate at California's Occidental College, has died at age 69.

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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:26pm

President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries.

Idaho university examines safety updates after explosion

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:10pm

The University of Idaho has identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies following an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students, according to a review released Thursday.

Day care worker charged with killing baby in recorded attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:07pm

A day care worker in Maryland was captured on video "torturing" an 8-month-old girl who later died, authorities said Thursday. She has been charged with murder.

Attorneys: Salvadoran Colonel's health declining in new jail

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

After a judge sought to send an ailing Salvadoran colonel to a prison hospital, the U.S. Marshals Service instead moved him to a different jail that boasts "the lowest cost-per-day for inmate incarceration" in Virginia.

Backers of pot legalization hope for compromise in Vermont

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

Supporters of a bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott that would have legalized marijuana in Vermont said Thursday that they are hopeful that a compromise on the legislation can be reached next month, but lawmakers aren't so confident.

US: Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill U.S. military personnel or civilians has been charged with stabbing the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.

Wyoming psychologist plans rigorous defense against charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

A Wyoming psychologist accused of submitting about $6.8 million in fraudulent health care bills says he plans to plead not guilty at his next court hearing Tuesday.

Idaho woman pleads guilty in veterans benefits ruse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

A southwest Idaho woman whose grandmother received benefits as the wife of a deceased veteran has admitted to collecting about $91,000 by not reporting her grandmother's death.

Ohio tornadoes damage businesses, interrupt graduation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:06pm

Tornadoes that swept through southwest Ohio tossed drainage pipes through the glass windows of a motorcycle shop and heavily damaged a handful of homes.

Pilot killed in helicopter crash at Delaware industrial park

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

A medical helicopter crashed Thursday behind a postal facility in a Delaware industrial park, killing the pilot, authorities said.

Charges: Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be "modern day sex slaves," according to an indictment unsealed Thursday that charges high-level members of what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that concealed millions of dollars in earnings.

Oversight chair seeks more FBI documents in Russia probe

Matthew Daly and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

The chairman of the House Oversight committee asked the FBI on Thursday to turn over more documents about former FBI Director James Comey's interactions with the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back nearly four years to the Obama administration.

New suspect in Texas day care assault; DA reopening the case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:49pm

Authorities in Central Texas say they've identified a new suspect in the molestation of a young boy for which a former high school football star was previously convicted.

Idaho lawmakers' 2017 session travel expenses tally $107,000

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:45pm

Idaho lawmakers have billed state taxpayers roughly $107,000 so far this year for travel expenses accrued during the 2017 legislative session.

Idaho man sentenced for fatal hit-and-run with pedestrian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:44pm

An Idaho driver who fled the scene after striking a man and his two daughters as they were walking — killing the father — was sentenced Monday to serve up to one year in a "rider" prison rehabilitation program.

Maine's tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:34pm

Maine's Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of "lower-risk" prisoners from the state's correctional facilities.

Nebraska prison revolt began with spat over alcohol

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:34pm

A Nebraska prison uprising in March that left two inmates dead began because inmates were angry that prison staffers had confiscated 150 pounds (68 kilograms) of homemade alcohol from them, corrections officials said Thursday.

Appeals court: Texas must reveal execution drug supplier

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:33pm

A Texas appeals court panel has upheld a lower court's order that the state's prison agency must identify its execution drug supplier.

The Latest: Alabama inmate asks US Supreme Court for stay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:30pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):