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Gunman in Boise contract killing case gets life in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

A Pennsylvania man convicted of a double killing in Boise that has been described as a murder for hire has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Latest: A flap over idea to smooth way for 'Cajun Navy'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:41pm

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

More New Mexico public schools earn "A" or "B" grades

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:31pm

More New Mexico public schools have been graded "A'' or "B'' but over a third still received "D'' or "F'' grades.

Minnesota officer who fatally shot Castile back on leave

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:30pm

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop last month is back on administrative leave after briefly returning to limited duty last week, the city of St. Anthony said in a statement Wednesday.

Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:23pm

The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day, putting new strains on the Obama administration's strategy of partnering with a hodgepodge of local fighters against the Islamic State group without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war or rupturing relations with Turkey.

California student scores up, most don't meet new standards

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:21pm

Students in California improved their scores on an annual statewide exam but most still aren't meeting the more challenging standards for math and reading, according to results released Wednesday.

Klobuchar denounces sharp price hikes for EpiPen injectors

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:21pm

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has criticized the sharp price hikes for EpiPens, the emergency drug injectors for severe allergic reactions, saying it's outrageous that the manufacturer is making money off the backs of kids and adults who have few alternatives.

Washington Monument could close for up to 9 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:20pm

The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says the Washington Monument elevator needs a major renovation that will likely require the monument to be closed for up to nine months.

Ohio man accused of killing officer indicted on US charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:11pm

An Ohio man accused of killing a southern New Mexico police officer has been named in a five-count federal indictment.

Military identifies American soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:11pm

The U.S. military has identified the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Temporary FEMA housing units expected to return to Louisiana

Melinda Deslatte and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:11pm

Thousands of south Louisiana residents remain stuck in shelters, living in hotels or staying in the spare bedrooms of family and friends after flooding ravaged their homes, creating a housing crunch that may bring back temporary housing units like those that dotted the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

The Latest: Fire near Utah ski resort crosses Idaho border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 1:01pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

Tennessee's choice: Repeal underage DUI law or give up $60M

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:51pm

If it comes down to it, Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee will make the hard choice to repeal a new drunken driving law rather than forego millions in federal road money.

Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit

Amy Taxin and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:51pm

Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon's exit the "falling out" of the "wicked boss" of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its forces on high alert because it feared the North Vietnamese would take advantage of the vulnerable U.S. political situation.

Mississippi man who sought to join Islamic State sentenced to 8 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:41pm

Mississippi man who sought to join Islamic State sentenced to 8 years in prison .

Nearly 1 year after woman's death, coroner rules it homicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:30pm

A South Carolina coroner says a woman with cerebral palsy who was found dead in her home last year had been strangled.

Tulsa man pleads not guilty in slaying of Lebanese neighbor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:30pm

A Tulsa man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor.

Pilot accused of being drunk in Michigan pleads no contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:23pm

An American Airlines co-pilot who was grounded at a Detroit-area airport because of excessive alcohol has pleaded no contest.

EPA finding lead inside homes at contaminated Indiana site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 12:22pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is detecting high levels of lead in samples of dust and dirt tracked inside homes at a northwest Indiana public housing complex where soil is tainted with industrial contaminants.