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Arizona wildfire forces thousands of people from their homes

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:04pm

A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.

Appeals court ruling opens door to Ohio resuming executions

Lisa Cornwell and Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:04pm

Ohio moved a step closer to resuming executions as a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in the state's favor in a case over its lethal injection process.

The Latest: Arizona fire grows, more evacuations ordered

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:56pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):

With 40 months to go, Trump holds re-election fundraiser

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:54pm

First-time candidate Donald Trump got a late start on fundraising in 2016, holding his first big-ticket donor event only five months before Election Day. That won't be the case next time.

Father showing sons handgun accidentally shoots daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:53pm

A northwestern Indiana man said he was showing a handgun to his sons and telling them to never play with it "because it can kill someone" when he accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter, according to court records.

New Hampshire law gives grandparents custody preference

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:53pm

Grandparents will get preference in child-custody cases involving drug or alcohol abuse under a New Hampshire law, a first in the country.

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Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

Jill Bleed and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:53pm

A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.

Justice Dept. group honors transgender teen in bathroom case

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:53pm

A transgender teen who sued to be able to use the boys' bathroom was honored Wednesday by a LGBT organization at the Justice Department.

Trump urges passage of House immigration bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:50pm

President Donald Trump is urging the House to stiffen the punishment for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally and for "sanctuary" cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation forces.

Cop accused of helping gang is arrested after skipping town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:43pm

A New Jersey police officer who skipped out on his trial on charges he helped gang members in investigations was arrested Wednesday in North Carolina.

Federal appeals court ruling on Ohio's 3-drug lethal injection method opens door to executions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:40pm

Federal appeals court ruling on Ohio's 3-drug lethal injection method opens door to executions.

Man sentenced for money laundering in massive hacking scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:40pm

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme.

Missouri man cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:33pm

A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect.

Indiana water park must stay closed until fully compliant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:30pm

A northwestern Indiana water park where 11 children suffered chemical burns must remain closed until it's in full compliance with regulations.

South Korean leader aims to reconcile differences with Trump

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:25pm

South Korea's new leader, on a four-day visit to Washington, was aiming to reconcile differences with President Donald Trump after advocating a softer approach to North Korea and delaying U.S. plans for the full deployment of a missile defense system in his country.

Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:18pm

Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia, a fear that is feeding rising tension and military competition between the former Cold War foes, the Pentagon's intelligence arm has assessed.

Florida Supreme Court hears death penalty-prosecutor dispute

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:15pm

The Florida Supreme Court scrutinized a prosecutor over her refusal to seek the death penalty in two dozen murder cases, and a justice suggested during arguments Wednesday that Gov. Rick Scott had the power to suspend the state attorney.

Latest: New Ten Commandments ordered for Arkansas Capitol

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:15pm

The Latest on the destruction of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol (all times local):

Lawyer: Suspected Holocaust memorial vandal is mentally ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:06pm

A man suspected of using a rock to shatter a glass panel on the New England Holocaust Memorial is mentally ill, his lawyer said Wednesday, as elected officials and religious groups came together to condemn the vandalism.