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Girl says she was kept in basement prison with chains, cuffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:12pm

A 14-year-old girl in Ohio who escaped a basement where she says she was chained and handcuffed by two relatives says they also touched her sexually.

Trump narrows down Supreme Court nominee list to 3

Mark Sherman and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:12pm

President Donald Trump has narrowed his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy to three judges and said he expects to make his decision in the coming days.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:10pm

Senate votes convincingly to confirm President Donald Trump's pick of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for UN ambassador.

The Latest: Senator predicts smooth path for VA nominee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:10pm

The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST):

Idaho man pleads not guilty to hate crime in gay man killing

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:04pm

An Idaho man charged with a federal hate crime in the beating death of a gay man pleaded not guilty in Boise's U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

Wildlife officials kill cougars preying on pets in Oregon

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:00pm

In a scenario that could come from a horror film, normally timid mountain lions are forced by heavy snows into a remote community, where they feast on pets and chickens. It's happening in Oregon.

Lawsuit contends N Carolina sex offender law goes too far

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:00pm

Convicted sex offenders are pushing back against North Carolina laws they contend deprive them of constitutional rights without protecting children.

Woman found guilty for role in kidnapping of DA's father

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:51pm

Federal prosecutors say a woman involved in the kidnapping of the father of a North Carolina assistant district attorney has been found guilty for her role in the case.

Shark attacks drop in 2016 after record-breaking 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:51pm

Unprovoked shark attacks dropped last year after a record-breaking number in 2015.

Report: 'Slavery was intertwined' with university's history

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:43pm

Columbia University was founded partly with slave traders' money, counted slaveholders among its early leaders and let at least one prominent student have a slave with him at college, according to a report released Tuesday.

Nebraska senator could face expulsion for online behavior

Grant Schulte and Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:41pm

A Nebraska state senator could face expulsion from the Legislature for a pattern of questionable behavior that includes cybersex on a state computer and posting a joke on Twitter implying that Women's March protesters are too unattractive to sexually assault.

Trump's talk of taking the oil sparks questions in US, Iraq

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31pm

No one knows how seriously to take President Donald Trump's threat to seize Iraq's oil.

Despite tornado threat, shelters rare for mobile home parks

Russ Bynum and Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31pm

Ten of at least 20 people killed in a weekend tornado outbreak lived in Georgia mobile home parks, yet laws requiring storm shelters in those vulnerable communities are few and far between.

Prosecutors won't charge 2 LAPD officers in fatal shooting

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31pm

Two Los Angeles police officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a 25-year-old black man during a struggle over an officer's gun and will not face criminal charges for the 2014 shooting that led to protests, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The Latest: Georgia governor to visit storm-damaged areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31pm

The Latest on deadly storms that struck the South (all times local):

FACT CHECK: Miscues on voter fraud and election results

Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31pm

President Donald Trump's press secretary on Tuesday mischaracterized the election results and the findings of a study that purported to show significant voting in the past by non-citizens.

Water lead-level falls below federal limit in Flint

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:23pm

Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan environmental officials said Tuesday was good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he has prostate cancer

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:20pm

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, revealing the diagnosis hours after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address the night before.

The Latest: DA calls mother of man killed by LA police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:14pm

The Latest on a district attorney's decision not to bring criminal charges against two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed a man in 2014 (all times local):

Arizona man who saved trooper: 'I had to help'

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:13pm

The man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a hero and he's grappling with taking someone's life.