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Russia-Trump campaign contacts a concern, ex-CIA chief says

Eileen Sullivan and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:25pm

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

Graduation day bittersweet for slain black scholar's friends

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:17pm

A black Bowie State University student who police say was fatally stabbed by a white stranger was honored Tuesday at the commencement ceremony where he would have walked across the stage.

Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:16pm

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature.

Correction: Tribal Roads-Schools story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:10pm

In a May 22 story about a federal report on the maintenance and condition of roads on tribal lands, The Associated Press misidentified the Government Accountability Office as the General Accounting Office. The headline also has been changed to better reflect the story.

‘Pray for Manchester:’ The world mourns after 22 die in attack

Mary Dalrymple  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:45pm

As news of the attack spread throughout the world, celebrities, fans and friends of those who attended the concert took to social media to express their sadness, grief and heartache.

Police: Woman caused $350K in damage at ex-husband's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:34pm

State police have charged a 61-year-old New York woman with causing more than $350,000 in damage to artwork, antiques and other personal property at her ex-husband's home.

Neighbor charged in Ohio fire that killed 5 kids, 2 adults

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:33pm

A neighbor of a family that died in a house fire was charged Tuesday with intentionally setting it ablaze, killing two adults and five children.

Condemned church shooter Roof seeks appellate court mercy

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:10pm

A white supremacist petitioned a court for mercy, asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to overturn his conviction and death sentence for killing nine black worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church.

Mississippi accused of unequal schooling for black students

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:10pm

Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday.

Appeals court: NSA surveillance challenge can move forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:10pm

A federal appeals court says Wikimedia's case challenging the government's practice of collecting certain internet communications can move forward.

SUNY provost set to be new University of Missouri chancellor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:00pm

The University of Missouri System is set to hire the provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York to run its flagship campus in Columbia, two years after the previous chancellor resigned amid protests over racial concerns on campus.

Neighbor charged with aggravated murder, arson in deaths of 5 kids and 2 adults in Ohio house fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:54am

Neighbor charged with aggravated murder, arson in deaths of 5 kids and 2 adults in Ohio house fire.

Celtics boss Danny Ainge's son to run for Congress in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:54am

The son of Boston Celtics president and former BYU basketball standout Danny Ainge is running for Congress in a Utah special election forthe seat of resigning U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

The Latest: Leaders attack lawsuit over schools for blacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:50am

The Latest on a lawsuit alleging that Mississippi is breaking federal law by providing unequal schooling to black students (all times local):

Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:15am

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.

EPA won't declare Lake Erie's waters in Ohio impaired

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:14am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won't declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae, siding with state regulators who say they are making progress in tackling the problem.

Top official says US hasn't verified IS claim on Manchester

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:13am

The United States' top intelligence official says the U.S. government has not yet verified that the Islamic State group is responsible for the attack in Manchester, England, but called the deadly incident a stark reminder of how serious the terror threat remains.

'Fly the flag'? Rift in Mississippi over Confederate symbol

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:32am

As a warm breeze wafts in from the Gulf of Mexico, Carol Mize paces across the street from Biloxi's white marble City Hall. In one hand, she carries a Mississippi flag and in the other, a sign with the slogan: "Fly the flag, Mayor."

Wyoming jobless rate falls to 4.3 percent in April

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:32am

The unemployment rate in Wyoming fell to 4.3 percent in April.

MBA for mom who went to all classes with quadriplegic son

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:30am

A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.