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Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Don Thompson and Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:25pm

A Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run, according to federal court documents filed Monday.

Charity con man can be asked to pay restitution, court rules

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:25pm

A Maryland saxophone player who was convicted of defrauding a Montana charity could be required to pay restitution to victims of similar schemes throughout the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit

Kristin J. Bender and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:24pm

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

The Latest: Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:24pm

The Latest on the arrest of a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student (all times local):

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In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over NKorea

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:24pm

As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. American's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Latest: Inmate seeks stay, citing attorney's plagiarism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:20pm

The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):

Idaho man has died on private boating trip on Colorado River

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:20pm

Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say an Idaho man has died while on a private boating trip on the Colorado River.

Utah zoo welcomes baby zebra; first born there since 1980s

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:20pm

The Salt Lake City zoo has added a fourth striped member to its zebra exhibit after a foal was born at the facility earlier this month.

Train clips mirror; driver opens door, loses it, too

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:16pm

Police in southwest Louisiana say that after a train clipped a side mirror from a 2016 Volvo, the driver lost the whole door when he pulled up to a second intersection and opened it to try to tell the crew.

Florida adds prizes to boost python removals in Everglades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:13pm

Florida is making it easier for people to help remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

Federal officials charge 15 with eagle trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:04pm

Federal officials say 15 people have been indicted in South Dakota for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation.

Minneapolis mayor opens up about sexual abuse as a child

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:00pm

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she was sexually abused as a child.

Wyoming community college enrollment beginning to level off

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:50pm

Wyoming's seven community colleges have been hit with falling enrollment and cuts in state funding, but officials say there are indications that the worst is over.

North Dakota governor signs bill to protect drug informants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:50pm

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a measure into law that establishes protections for confidential drug informants.

Southwestern Idaho police cleared in shooting of 72-year-old

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:50pm

A prosecutor has cleared three southwestern Idaho police officers who shot a 72-year-old man after he pointed a gun at them.

Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a U.S. drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking.

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Jury divided in 1st trial for Cliven Bundy's Nevada standoff

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

A federal jury in Las Vegas found two men guilty Monday in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch in 2014, but then deadlocked on federal charges against four others.

Condemned men seek appeals even after decades behind bars

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

Last-ditch legal appeals could block the executions of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be put to death Monday after spending more than two decades behind bars. What's left to appeal after so many years? A look at some issues that can stop a lethal injection at the last minute.

Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

Two Arkansas killers set to die Monday in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years acknowledge they're guilty but fear the lethal injections could subject them to excruciating pain due to their various health problems.

100M pounds of spoiled onions disposed of in Idaho, Oregon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:28pm

An estimated 100 million pounds of spoiled onions have been disposed of in Idaho and Oregon following a winter of unprecedented snowfall.