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Proposal to beef up hate crimes law returning under new name

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:01pm

A Utah senator is bringing back a recently defeated proposal to beef up the state's hate crimes law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

Gary Herbert, Mike Weinholtz to appear in televised debate

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:01pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his Democratic opponent Mike Weinholtz are scheduled to meet Monday night in their first and likely only televised debate this year.

Mall victims include Macy's worker, teen, probation officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:01pm

Five people were killed in a shooting this weekend at a Macy's store in a mall north of Seattle. Authorities do not plan to make their identities public until Tuesday, but details about four of the victims have been reported by some of their employers and Washington state media.

Army fires Fort Riley commander as investigation continues

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:51pm

The U.S. Army says it has fired the commander of Fort Riley and is continuing an investigation opened last week at the Kansas base. No details have been provided.

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6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:51pm

A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.

The Latest: Complex manager says suspect upset recently

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:42pm

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The Latest: Suspect in mall shooting charged with murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

The Latest on a deadly mall shooting in Washington state (all times local):

Forest Service plans new study for N. Idaho salvage logging

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

The U.S. Forest Service says it will do another analysis after a federal judge halted a northern Idaho wildfire salvage logging project following a lawsuit by two environmental groups.

Court asks judges to respond to Louisiana sheriff's claims

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

A federal appeals court on Monday asked two judges to respond to a petition by a Louisiana sheriff who claims another judge was improperly removed from his criminal case without explanation.

Police: Armed man shot after pointing pellet gun at officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:41pm

Police in Maryland say officers shot a man who threatened to kill his family and himself after he pointed a replica gun at officers.

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Showdown: Congress looks to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:38pm

Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Air Force colonel who faced rape charge found dead in home

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:31pm

A high-ranking Air Force Space Command officer who was charged with rape and other crimes was found dead in his Colorado home after civilian police received a report of a suicide, officials said Monday.

Alabama inmate scheduled for execution files appeal

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:31pm

A 74-year-old Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed in November is asking an appellate court to review his claim that Alabama's lethal injection procedure is inhumane.

Investigators pursue Yellowstone park harassment claims

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:30pm

Government investigators are due in Yellowstone National Park Tuesday to look into an employee's claims of sexual exploitation of female workers and financial misconduct.

Wife of Chechen man killed by FBI charged with lying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:30pm

The wife of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned in Florida about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect in 2013 has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI.

Elevator trouble closes Washington Monument indefinitely

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:30pm

The Washington Monument will be closed indefinitely because of ongoing problems with its elevator, the latest in a series of woes for one of the city's most enduring tourist attractions.

Mexican gets prison for wreck at Texas military installation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:22pm

A Mexican man has been sentenced to nearly four years in a U.S. prison for driving a vehicle that wrecked at a Texas military installation while trying to smuggle immigrants.

Man gets 4 years for vandalizing a Florida mosque vandalism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:20pm

A man has been sentenced to spend four years and two months in prison for vandalizing a Florida mosque last year.

Rescued boater spent week adrift on raft; mom presumed dead

Denise Lavoie and Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:53pm

A Vermont man whose boat sank spent seven days adrift on an inflatable life raft before he was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts by a passing freighter, but his still-missing mother was presumed dead, the Coast Guard said Monday.

A look at the flooding situation in eastern Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:52pm

The runoff from heavy rains in eastern Iowa in the past few days has pushed several rivers and streams out of their banks and onto public and private property.