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Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:42pm

An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 ½ years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon.

Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:20pm

Republican Ron Estes, winner of a closer-than-usual congressional election in Kansas, has been sworn in as the newest member of the House.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:40pm

Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households because of their religious beliefs.

2 gang members sentenced for deaths of prosecution witnesses

Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:22pm

U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn didn't mince his words in describing the 2014 shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who had been scheduled to testify in a criminal case.

Trump to order review of national monuments

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:22pm

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days.

Official: White House names new Secret Service director

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:22pm

The White House on Tuesday named a retired Marine major general as the new director of the Secret Service. Randolph Alles will oversee an agency that for years has been beset with a series of high-profile embarrassments.

Victim told friend if she was harmed that Durst 'did it'

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:12pm

Years before Susan Berman was executed in her home, she foretold her fate and named her best friend, New York real estate heir Robert Durst, as her assailant, a close friend testified Tuesday.

Seattle crushes rain record, while rival Portland wet too

Phuong By and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:03pm

Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record, and Portland is inching closer to smashing its own record.

Jurors deliberate case of fatal shooting near university

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:51pm

A prosecutor on Tuesday portrayed a former Northern Arizona University student as a killer who carried out "his own deranged sense of justice" when he opened fire on a group of people during a drunken fight near the campus.

Officials promoting inclusivity after Trump rise face recall

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:50pm

Three leaders of an Alaska fishing community who sponsored a resolution to promote inclusivity after the election of President Donald Trump are fighting efforts to recall them from office.

Arizona man convicted of killing best friend, woman, 4 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:40pm

An Arizona prisoner was convicted Tuesday of the gruesome killings of his best friend, the man's girlfriend and her four young children 12 years ago in what prosecutors called a crime motivated by money.

Wyoming wolf hunt could return after court order

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:37pm

A court on Tuesday formally lifted endangered species protection for wolves in Wyoming and put the state back in charge of their management, clearing the way for the animals to once again be hunted south and east of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Father of missing 5-year-old California boy released

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:31pm

The father of a missing 5-year-old boy was released from jail Tuesday, days after he was found unconscious at a California park and arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction.

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:31pm

A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration.

Milwaukee prosecutors: Video shows inmate's water turned off

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:22pm

Milwaukee prosecutors weighing criminal charges for an inmate's dehydration death said Tuesday that the jail's commander failed to inform police about the existence of surveillance video showing a guard shutting off water to the cell and never turning it back on.

English tourist hit by hammock blown off building, injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:20pm

A tourist from England has been struck by a hammock that fell from a building in New York.

The Latest: Friend says victim foretold of harm from Durst

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:10pm

The Latest on pretrial testimony in the Robert Durst murder case (all times local):

The Latest: Father of missing California boy, 5, released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:03pm

The Latest on the search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Southern California (all times local):

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:00pm

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.