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Secret Service agent who protected LBJ dies in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:41pm

Jim Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, has died in Texas. He was 80.

GOP governor: Most drug dealers arrested are black, Hispanic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

Judge: NY ex-Assembly speaker can remain free during appeal

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence, a judge ruled Thursday as she concluded that an appeals court will have to decide whether the jury received proper instructions on the law in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

6th person killed in apartment explosion identified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

Authorities have identified a sixth person killed in an explosion and fire at a Maryland apartment complex.

New Mexico: Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:30pm

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.

Court: Michigan sex offender rules cannot be retroactive

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:24pm

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

Several tornadoes likely hit Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:23pm

In a central Indiana city where trees were sheared off at their stumps by one of several tornadoes in the region, residents began the hard work Thursday of cleaning up destroyed or damaged homes and businesses.

The Latest: Central Idaho wildfire expands in remote area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:23pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:22pm

A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week.

Groups seek new investigation into terror suspect's shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:21pm

Civil rights groups are renewing calls for an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of a terrorism suspect accused of pointing a knife at police in Boston.

Yellowstone tourists see smoke, detour but still the sights

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

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.

Central Idaho wildfire grows to the northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:11pm

A 160-square-mile wildfire in central Idaho is continuing to grow to the northwest but fire managers say progress has been made with control lines on the west and northwest perimeters.

US government, lawyers want voter ID ruling enforced

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:01pm

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

Judge: Lizard, Illuminati beliefs mean terror suspect unfit

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:01pm

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect charged with attempting to bomb a downtown bar sincerely believes that fantastical lizards, Freemasons and assorted other shadowy figures are out to get him, so he is mentally unfit to stand trial, a judge concluded Thursday in a rare federal ruling.

Nebraska prisons face new scrutiny after attack on 9 workers

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:51pm

Nebraska's prison system faces renewed scrutiny following an attack that sent nine corrections employees to the hospital, the latest in a string of incidents that included a deadly riot and the escape of two convicted sex offenders.

Activists asking if police will be charged in sex scandal

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:51pm

Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges.

U of Chicago commits to no safe spaces, trigger warnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:41pm

Incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago have received a letter from the dean of students informing them of the school's commitment to free speech.

Ohio court: Juvenile crimes can't enhance adult sentences

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:34pm

Ohio's Supreme Court has ruled that prior juvenile convictions cannot be used to increase the severity of charges or the length of prison sentences those individuals receive as adults.

The Latest: Albuquerque district IDs slain New Mexico girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:32pm

The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):

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

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:11pm

Federal prosecutors now 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.