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2 nuns killed in Mississippi; signs point to home break-in

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:43pm

Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, perhaps victims of a break-in and vehicle theft, officials said Thursday.

Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:41pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court narrowly ruled Thursday that a voter referendum seeking to change how Illinois draws political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:32pm

Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq War cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

Court: Judge criticized for lenient sentence in Stanford rape case to stop hearing criminal matters at own request

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:21pm

Court: Judge criticized for lenient sentence in Stanford rape case to stop hearing criminal matters at own request.

The Latest: Nuns slain: religious order 'shocked... grieved'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:10pm

The Latest on the slayings of two Catholic nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

New Mexico: Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.

California boy in legal fight dies after ventilator removed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

In a swift end to a long legal battle, a brain-dead California toddler died Thursday after being taken off life support.

Zip line company: Woman who fell had unhooked safety gear

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:41pm

A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday.

Couple wanted in woman's killing, kids' kidnapping arrested

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:33pm

A California couple wanted in connection with a woman's killing and the kidnapping of her three children in the Los Angeles area were arrested Thursday in Colorado.

Police officer fatally shot in eastern Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:30pm

A police officer has died in a shooting in eastern Tennessee.

Boy, 5, uses allowance to buy lunch for police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:27pm

A 5-year-old boy in New Jersey has picked up the lunch tab for his police department.

2 men in Nevada standoff case plead guilty in federal court

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:21pm

Two defendants became the first to plead guilty Thursday to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman and open-range advocate Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada.

Prison: Man convicted in deadly home invasion tried suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:21pm

A man convicted in the slayings of a mother and her two daughters during a home invasion in a wealthy Connecticut suburb has tried to kill himself in prison.

The Latest: Suspect in New Mexico girl's killing has record

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

The Latest on the slaying of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl (all times local):

Detroit Medical Center stung by problems with unclean tools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50pm

Detroit Medical Center admits that unclean surgical tools have caused problems and sometimes forced doctors to delay procedures, including heart surgery on a 7-month-old girl.

Several tornadoes likely hit Indiana, Ohio; no bad injuries

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50pm

In a central Indiana city where trees were sheared off at their stumps by one of several tornadoes in the region, residents began the hard work Thursday of cleaning up destroyed or damaged homes and businesses.

Phoenix police renew call for tips in serial killer case

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:41pm

Phoenix police renewed pleas to the public Thursday for information that could help catch a serial killer who has been stalking predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods.

LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:31pm

A Los Angeles woman has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son whose body was found in a closet.

Controversial Texas county chairman out, state GOP says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30pm

The Texas Republican Party says a GOP chairman for the county that includes the state capital is out of a job after filing as a write-in candidate for president of the United States.

Fort Campbell: Soldier in custody after firing shots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20pm

Army officials say a 101st Airborne Division soldier fired two shots at Fort Campbell and then fled in his vehicle before being apprehended by military police.