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Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:30pm

John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump — so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where he's battling brain cancer, the Arizona senator on Thursday lobbed a new attack at the White House over its Syria policy.

Ex-DEA task force member, pleads guilty in drug money theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:28pm

A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars seized in a drug raid.

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GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:28pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

US seeks Syrian solution, but Assad doesn't have to go first

Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:20pm

The U.S. is seeking a political resolution to the crisis in Syria and won't insist on Syrian President Bashar Assad's immediate ouster, President Donald Trump's homeland and counterterrorism adviser said Thursday.

The Latest: Family relieved embattled official will resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:17pm

The Latest on the resignation of an embattled Utah elected official who will resign his office (all times local):

Family of Levinson, missing in Iran, meets with US officials

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:17pm

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson has met with State Department officials about efforts to locate him more than a decade after he disappeared in Iran.

Prosecutor seeks judge's order for congressman's mug shot

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:54pm

A Montana prosecutor asked a judge Thursday to require U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte to be fingerprinted and photographed after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter.

Massive blaze threatens Gold Rush era town near Yosemite

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:48pm

The town of Mariposa, with its century-old saloons and covered streets, normally bustles with summer visitors on their way to Yosemite National Park but on Thursday the Gold Rush-era hamlet was mostly empty as ash rained down and heavy smoke from a nearby blaze darkened the sky.

Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:38pm

President Donald Trump's growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special counsel Robert Mueller would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances. But that's a line that Mueller seems sure to cross.

Latah County law officers seek 2 armed men in slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:38pm

The Latah County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that is believed to have occurred earlier this week near Troy, Idaho.

DOJ seeks to waive Harley-Davidson air-pollution punishment

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:22pm

The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels.

Embattled Salt Lake County recorder Gary Ott to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:18pm

A Utah elected official who has been placed under his family's guardianship after more than a year public questions about his mental capacity will resign his office.

No foul play: Burundi robotics teens likely meant to vanish

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:12pm

As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn't find his kids.

Lawsuit: Prisoners may have been forced to bark for food

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:01pm

Louisiana prison officials blocked attorneys from investigating "alarming" allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to kneel or bend down and bark like dogs to get food, a lawsuit alleges.

Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:51pm

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media.

Trump, Mattis: US winning fight against Islamic State group

Matthew Daly and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:51pm

The United States is winning its fight against the Islamic State group and enlarging an international coalition to defeat the group, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, hours after President Donald Trump said "ISIS is falling fast, very fast."

Texas sued again over abortion year after Supreme Court loss

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:32pm

Planned Parenthood and other groups sued Texas on Thursday over a new ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's first major anti-abortion measure since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had prompted more than half of its abortion clinics to close.

Suspect pleads not guilty in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:32pm

A 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:12pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping clear of the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:02pm

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.