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Thomas criticizes broken confirmation process

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:21pm

Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation's capital is "broken in some ways."

Judge: John Hinckley freedom less contentious than expected

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:10pm

A judge who ruled that would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. should be allowed to leave the psychiatric hospital where he had lived for decades said Wednesday he got less "blowback" on the decision earlier this year than he expected.

Cruz suggests leaving vacancy on Supreme Court

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:10pm

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising the possibility that Republicans would decline to fill the Supreme Court's vacancy if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president.

Oregon surfer punched shark in gills to survive

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:01pm

Joseph Tanner was resting his arms on his surf board, his lower body dangling in the water, when something grabbed his right leg and yanked him under the waves.

Dozens come forward about student charged with sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:51pm

Dozens of women have reported encounters with a University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting an acquaintance, and officers found a black book at the man's apartment listing women he'd met and documenting his "sexual desires," authorities said.

Adopted and brought to US, South Korean man to be deported

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:22pm

A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him.

Hundreds protest bake sale parodying affirmative action

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:21pm

A conservative students group's bake sale parodying affirmative action has drawn a crowd of 300 protesters at the University of Texas in Austin.

Pentagon says US airstrikes target al-Qaida in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:21pm

The Defense Department says airstrikes in Afghanistan targeted two al-Qaida leaders, including one described by a Pentagon official as the group's top leader in the northeastern part of the country.

Little Rock police release name of officer in fatal shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:01pm

Little Rock police have identified the officer who fatally shot an armed man while investigating a reported disturbance.

'Pastry gun' case involving Maryland student settled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40pm

An official says the family of a then 7-year-old who was suspended from school from nibbling his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun has reached a settlement with the school department.

U.Va. dean says rape article led to 'perception issue'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40pm

A University of Virginia dean says a perception issue stemming from a magazine article about an alleged gang rape on campus affected an administrator's ability to work with students.

2 soldiers being held in disappearance of fellow soldier

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:21pm

The mother of a Fort Campbell soldier missing for nearly two months, Pfc. Shadow McClaine, said Wednesday that she's praying two other soldiers being held as "persons of interest" will lead authorities to her daughter.

Pickup truck crashes into council chambers of Florida city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:21pm

Officials in Orange City will need to find a new place to meet after authorities say a pickup truck crashed into their council chambers.

The Latest: 9/11 clipping signed by presidents nets $11,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:20pm

The Latest on a New York City auction featuring important presidential documents (all times local):

D.A.: Villanova student secretly filmed in campus bathrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:10pm

Authorities say a Villanova University student used a cellphone camera to secretly video in public restrooms and a classroom on the school's Main Line Philadelphia campus.

Man pleads guilty to killing teen at Ohio sandwich shop

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:10pm

Less than two weeks after fatally shooting a teenager helping relatives at an Ohio sandwich shop, a 20-year-old man has agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the possibility of being sentenced to death.

Pence in Utah to rally Republicans, conservatives for Trump

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:02pm

Republican vice presidential candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is expected to try to reel in conservative Utah voters who have strayed from Donald Trump in a speech Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

New Circuit Court judge named in Campbell County

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:51pm

Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Paul Phillips as the new Circuit Court Judge for the 6th Judicial District in Campbell County.

Jury convicts man of killing 4 tied to Omaha medical school

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:51pm

A former doctor was convicted Wednesday in the revenge killings of four people, including the 11-year-old son of a faculty member he blamed for his firing 15 years ago from an Omaha medical school's pathology residency program.

Juror replaced in Oregon standoff trial amid bias concerns

Gillian Flaccus and Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:41pm

A judge overseeing the trial of Ammon Bundy and six others accused in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge dismissed a juror Wednesday after his impartiality was questioned by a fellow juror.