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US presses for Americans' release in direct talks with Iran

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

U.S. diplomats used a meeting with their Iranian counterparts to press the release of Americans being detained in Iran, the Trump administration said Thursday. It is the first public acknowledgment of direct U.S.-Iranian discussions since President Donald Trump took office.


Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

Chad Day and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

Investigations intensified into President Donald Trump's ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Thursday as the Pentagon watchdog joined lawmakers in probing payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored TV network.

Arkansas prepares to wrap up aggressive execution schedule

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:10pm

The last inmate set to die under Arkansas' compressed execution timetable looked to state and federal courts Thursday in final bids to save his life.

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issue under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week.

Man gets life in prison for Indianapolis officer's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday following emotional testimony from the officer's widow and mother.

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

Two American Army Rangers were killed and another received a minor injury during a ground assault against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the U.S. military.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby.

Dominican diplomat pleads guilty, cooperating in UN case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

A suspended diplomat from the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty to new charges in a United Nations bribery scheme on Thursday, revealing himself as a key witness at a Chinese billionaire's trial next month.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of orphanage founder lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:55pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit against a Maine activist who publicized sexual abuse accusations against a Haiti orphanage founder.

No charges over sexual misconduct claims at boarding school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:54pm

Police in Connecticut say former faculty and staff members accused of sexual misconduct at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school can't be charged because too much time has passed since the alleged crimes occurred.

Correction: Immunity-Q&A story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:54pm

In a March 31 story about the process for receiving immunity, The Associated Press in one location erroneously identified Robert Kelner as the attorney for President Donald Trump. He is the lawyer for Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:54pm

In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Still no verdict in eye doctor's $105M Medicare fraud case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:50pm

A federal jury in South Florida still doesn't have a verdict after two days of deliberations in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent eye doctor, who separately is accused of bribing a U.S. senator.

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:45pm

The mother of a Hawaii boy who disappeared 20 years ago was released from jail Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 6-year-old's death.

Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:45pm

Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta.

Resolution honoring Klan leader denounced as 'underhanded'

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:34pm

After voting unanimously for a resolution honoring a Confederate general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, Tennessee lawmakers denounced the measure Thursday and said they were tricked into supporting it.

Train delays likely this summer over work at Penn Station

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

Rail travelers who have endured major disruptions recently at Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station, are likely to see more delays this summer because it's in dire need of repair work, Amtrak officials said Thursday.

Canadian sent to US prison for smuggling immigrants in 1999

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

A Canadian man has been sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison nearly 20 years after he smuggled immigrants across the Detroit River.

Correction: Shenandoah River-Pollution story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

In a story April 26 about a report on pollution in the Shenandoah River, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has 3,500 farmer members. The organization says it has approximately 35,000 farmer members.

Woman convicted in mom's death; case tied to found remains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

A jury has returned a guilty verdict in the New York murder trial of the sister of a sex worker whose disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains along a highway near a beach.