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Aide: Prosecutor spent campaign funds on posh social clubs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:47pm

A campaign finance manager for Philadelphia's top prosecutor has testified the prosecutor spent campaign funds on ritzy social clubs, facials, massages and a $2,600 birthday party for his girlfriend.

FBI agent in court on charge of lying about rancher shooting

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

An FBI agent was set to appear in court Wednesday on charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police.

Appeals court ruling opens door to Ohio resuming executions

Lisa Cornwell and Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

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.

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

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

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.

Mexican cartel leader, 34, gets 7 life terms in US prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

Prosecutors in Texas say an assassin and gun runner for Mexico's violent Zetas drug cartel must serve seven consecutive life terms in a U.S. prison.

Lawsuit: Mississippi political scandal pushed man to suicide

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

Relatives of a Mississippi man who killed himself are suing a mayor, police officers and a law firm, saying they are part of a political network that pushed him to suicide during a bitterly-fought U.S. Senate race.

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Police charges show challenge of confronting code of silence

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:35pm

Since late 2015, the public has known that police who witnessed the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald described a scene starkly different than the one that later emerged on video of a white officer pumping 16 bullets into the black teenager.

Florida Supreme Court hears death penalty-prosecutor dispute

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:35pm

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.

Lawyer: Suspected Holocaust memorial vandal is mentally ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:30pm

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.

Iraq refugee with ties to kidnapper pleads guilty to fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:30pm

An Iraqi refugee living in Virginia who was accused of hiding her ties to the kidnapper of a U.S. contractor has pleaded guilty to an unrelated fraud charge.

Witnesses heard engine backfire before Wisconsin plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:23pm

Witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger, according to a preliminary investigative report.

The Latest: Arizona fire grows, more evacuations ordered

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:23pm

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

Teacher who alerted drug dealers sentenced to 3 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:23pm

A Florida teacher who tipped off drug dealers that her detective husband was investigating them in order to get revenge for his alleged infidelity has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Gunman's wife dropped from lawsuit brought by Pulse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:12pm

The wife of the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting has been dropped from a civil lawsuit brought by survivors of the massacre and victims' families.

Animal cruelty law has governor's signature, dog's paw print

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:10pm

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and a Boston terrier found emaciated and diseased at an animal breeding operation have signed legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty and neglect.

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.

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.

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.