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Audit: Ex-fire officials may have misused funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:54pm

Two former top officials with Salt Lake County's firefighting agency may have violated state ethics laws and misused public funds, citing purchases of iPads and Apple watches and trips to spring training in Arizona, Utah's state auditor said Wednesday.

Gorilla Harambe's grandmother dies at age 49 at Zoo Miami

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:50pm

Zoo Miami's matriarch gorilla, Josephine, who was grandmother to the internet-famous Harambe, has died.

Judge orders return of deputy's property

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:41pm

A federal magistrate has ordered a Florida deputy's belongings returned to him, after they were seized to help pay the expenses of a man he shot and paralyzed.

1st US rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:41pm

Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:41pm

Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

Indian activist Peltier's supporters hope for clemency

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:34pm

Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten his sentence to the four decades he has already served before Obama leaves office Friday.

280 deaths on Utah roads in 2016; highest tally since 2007

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:31pm

The 280 people who died in traffic-related deaths on state roads last year were the most in nine years, according to state figures released Wednesday.

The Latest: Obama chats with leaders of India, Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:30pm

The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times EST):

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:30pm

Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV.

Virginia set to execute man convicted in family's slaying

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20pm

A man convicted of brutally killing a couple and their young daughters in their Virginia home on New Year's Day 2006 is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening.

First of 3 more storms hits California as drought retreats

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20pm

The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall and were lining up again Wednesday.

Man says Milwaukee's sheriff detained him for shaking head

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:02pm

A Milwaukee man says a tough-talking, cowboy-hat wearing Wisconsin sheriff detained him after a flight because the man shook his head at the lawman, who has gained a national prominence for his outspoken support of Donald Trump.

The Latest: Virginia urges court to let execution proceed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:02pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Virginia inmate convicted of killing a Richmond family in 2006 (all times local):

Alaska volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud to 31,000 feet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

An Alaska volcano active since mid-December has erupted again.

Ice storm paralyzes parts of Oregon, Washington state

Don Ryan and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

An ice storm shut down major highways Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed towns in the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice at the same time rising temperatures in Portland raised the prospect of flooding after the largest snowstorm in years.

Judge scolds government over Iraq detainee abuse pictures

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

A federal judge in New York has scolded the government for being overprotective of potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Manning's prison term

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:50pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.

To avoid more 'Daily Show' ridicule, Arizona kills bills

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:50pm

An Arizona lawmaker's proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation.

Indianapolis woman faces neglect charges after child's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:42pm

Prosecutors have charged an Indianapolis woman with two counts of neglect after her 3-year-old son shot his 5-year-old sister in the head.