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Prosecutors: 'Dirty old Santa' arranged sex tryst with child

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:30pm

Prosecutors say a 56-year-old man who referred to himself as "dirty old Santa" traveled to a Philadelphia suburb to have a sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl he lured online and has been arrested.

Judge says Wisconsin youth prisons overuse pepper spray

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:24pm

A federal judge branded Wisconsin's juvenile prison for boys as a "troubled institution" on Thursday, saying it puts too many inmates in isolation and over-relies on pepper spray and shackles when other less intrusive alternatives to control behavior could be used.

Summer of Slime: DIY goo takes over tweens' lives

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:24pm

Call this The Summer of Slime.

Stabbing suspect was caretaker, studied insurance sales

Rob Gillies and Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:18pm

The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said Thursday.

Armed services chairman to seek $640 billion in DOD spending

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:18pm

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he'll push to increase defense spending by $37 billion more than the Trump administration proposed to pay for more troops and new weapons.

ACLU accuses Minnesota officers of brutalizing suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:17pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing law enforcement officers in Minnesota of a brutal attack on an assault suspect.

The Latest: FBI says airport attacker tried to buy gun in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:00pm

The Latest on the investigation into a stabbing of a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:58pm

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.

Man walks free after federal judge tosses murder conviction

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice say Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress in the effort to end racial bias in police and court practices, but more transparency is needed.

Police: Man killed father with bat at county official's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Police say an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father's Day.

Man sentenced to death penalty in girlfriend's Ohio slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

An Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky and killing her along an Ohio interstate has been sentenced to receive the death penalty.

Judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:46pm

A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

Cindy weakens but still stirs weather over wide swath

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide — two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Jeh Johnson testimony

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump says congressional testimony from the former Homeland Security Secretary backs up his claim that his campaign did not collude with Russian officials. But that's not what Johnson said.

Nebraska Democratic official ousted for Scalise comment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:37pm

The Nebraska Democratic Party has removed a party official from his post after he was recorded saying he was glad U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise got shot and he wished the Louisiana Republican had died.

States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:30pm

The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:27pm

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Gov. defends handling of contentious Chaffetz-seat election

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:26pm

Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday defended his handling of an increasingly contentious special election called after U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's surprise decision to resign.

400 more homes evacuated as Utah wildfire grows

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:25pm

A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town has forced the evacuations of 400 more homes after the fire doubled in size amid high winds, authorities said Thursday.