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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.

Indian activist Peltier's supporters hope for clemency

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:00pm

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.

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.

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

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:41pm

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.


West Jordan man accused of planting note on plane warning of bomb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:39pm

An airline passenger has been arrested on charges of planting a note on a plane en route from San Diego to Denver that falsely claimed a bomb was on board.


Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:33pm

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.

Chicago cop charged with murder in fatal off-duty shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:32pm

A Chicago police officer was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed man during a dispute between the two earlier this month.

Audit: Ex-fire officials may have misused funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:25pm

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.

Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20pm

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.

CIA publishes guidelines for handling Americans' info

Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20pm

Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA on Wednesday published for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information about Americans. New rules put limits on those who can search it and require they give a reason.

Orlando gunman's widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:13pm

The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Video captures woman's rescue from snowy California ridge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:01pm

Officials say a woman is recovering after a harrowing rescue caught on tape when she slid down a snow-covered ridge while hiking in Southern California.

Truck, Amish buggy crash, killing horse, man riding in buggy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:00pm

A horse-drawn Amish buggy and a truck have crashed in Ohio, killing the horse and a man riding in the buggy.