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New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:02pm

The nation's first double execution in 16 years is raising a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber?

Girl whose parents were police officers buys officer's meal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:00pm

A New Jersey police department is looking to return the favor after a little girl asked her mother to pick up an officer's restaurant check.

Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:00pm

The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections.

Anti-government suspect declines to stand for judge in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:00pm

A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House failed to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment.

Zookeeper recovering from burns, saved rhino from wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:00pm

A Florida zookeeper is recovering from burns he received while saving a rhinoceros from a wildfire that threatened his animal sanctuary.

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:50pm

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.

The Latest: Workers body near bridge after heavy rains

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

The Latest on heavy rains that have prompted flooding worries in North Carolina (all times local):

Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:48pm

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks.

Soggy Seattle lives up to name, breaks another rain record

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:46pm

Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record.

Panel recommends keeping moratorium on Oklahoma executions

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:46pm

A moratorium on executions in Oklahoma should be extended until major changes are made to the state's capital punishment system so that an innocent person isn't put to death, a state commission recommended on Tuesday.

Bond set for man accused of threats at anti-Islam event

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

Bond was set Tuesday for a South Dakota man who livestreamed himself brandishing weapons and making threats to the public outside an anti-Islam event.

Fiery, deadly wreck snarls Interstate 5 in Los Angeles

Reed Saxon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 just north of downtown Los Angeles.

Arkansas executions raise questions again about sedative

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using a sedative that's been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. A look at midazolam and its role in U.S. executions:

Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

An American woman detained during a business trip to China and charged with spying was sentenced Tuesday to 3 ½ years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon.

Officials promoting inclusivity after Trump rise face recall

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

Three leaders of an Alaska fishing community who sponsored a resolution to promote inclusivity after the election of President Donald Trump are fighting efforts to recall them from office.

Official: White House names new Secret Service director

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:36pm

The White House on Tuesday named a retired Marine major general as the new director of the Secret Service. Randolph Alles will oversee an agency that for years has been beset with a series of high-profile embarrassments.

Jurors hear closing arguments at trial over student's death

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:30pm

A prosecutor on Tuesday portrayed a former Northern Arizona University student as a killer who carried out "his own deranged sense of justice" when he opened fire on a group of people during a drunken fight near the campus.

The Latest: Arkansas won't pursue McGehee execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:20pm

The Latest on Arkansas' multiple execution plan (all times local):

Police: Missouri body encased in concrete likely missing man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:13pm

Police in central Missouri's Fulton say a body found encased in concrete inside a container is likely that of a developmentally disabled man missing for nearly a week from a group home.

Utah cancer researcher reinstated following backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 3:10pm

The chief executive officer of the University of Utah's cancer research institute who was fired last week was reinstated Tuesday following widespread outrage over the ousting.