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LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:31pm

A Los Angeles woman has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son whose body was found in a closet.

Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30pm

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

Couple wanted in woman's killing, kids' kidnapping arrested

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30pm

A California couple wanted in connection with a woman's killing and the kidnapping of her three children in the Los Angeles area were arrested Thursday in Colorado.

Controversial Texas county chairman out, state GOP says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30pm

The Texas Republican Party says a GOP chairman for the county that includes the state capital is out of a job after filing as a write-in candidate for president of the United States.

DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:21pm

Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

The Latest: Slain nuns had impact in community, others say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:21pm

The Latest on the slayings of two Catholic nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

2 men in Nevada standoff case plead guilty in federal court

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20pm

Two defendants became the first to plead guilty Thursday to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman and open-range advocate Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada.

Fort Campbell: Soldier in custody after firing shots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20pm

Army officials say a 101st Airborne Division soldier fired two shots at Fort Campbell and then fled in his vehicle before being apprehended by military police.

Ex-Maryland official tapped to run New Orleans' violent jail

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20pm

A former Maryland corrections official was tapped Thursday to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail.

The Latest: Kokomo EF3 tornado had peak wind of 152 mph

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20pm

The Latest on tornadoes that touched down in Indiana and Ohio (all times local):

Official: California couple wanted in killing of mother, kidnappings of 3 children arrested in Colorado

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:11pm

Official: California couple wanted in killing of mother, kidnappings of 3 children arrested in Colorado.

US government, lawyers want voter ID ruling enforced

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:00pm

The federal government and others who sued to overturn North Carolina's voter identification law told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that keeping the photo ID mandate and other rules in place for the November elections would harm black voters and increase confusion.

Court: Michigan sex offender rules cannot be retroactive

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:00pm

Significant changes to Michigan's sex offender registry law cannot be applied retroactively to potentially thousands of sex offenders because the revisions unconstitutionally stiffen the punishment of offenders after their convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50pm

Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum.

Missouri judge stops appointment of Nixon as public defender

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:50pm

A Missouri judge is blocking the state public defender director from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to a case.

North Las Vegas municipal judge loses job in misconduct case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:41pm

The first female North Las Vegas judge in city history is losing her job, after admitting she engaged in seven instances of professional misconduct on the bench.

Suit over releasing Pulse 911 calls goes back to state court

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

The legal fight over releasing the 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting was sent back to state court Thursday by a federal judge.

New Mexico: Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.

Yellowstone tourists see smoke, detour but still the sights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20pm

Popular areas in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks were welcoming tourists Thursday for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but a wildfire forced some people to drive a little farther than they expected to get to the festivities.

California: Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:12pm

Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities declared nearly 3,000 square miles in California's Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for the endangered animals.