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Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday.

Political mainstay heads home to Utah, questions in his wake

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

Since arriving in Washington in 2009, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been a political mainstay, doggedly investigating Democrats, frequently appearing on cable TV and regularly updating his legions of social media followers with photos of himself, his family and even his dog, Ruby.

Man gets probation in Ohio military base security breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

A man who drove through a security gate at Ohio's largest military base, causing the evacuation of two buildings, has been sentenced to two years' probation.

University of Missouri sets new policies in wake of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:40pm

The University of Missouri's Columbia campus announced revised policies related to protests on Thursday, nearly two years after the campus was besieged by demonstrations over racial concerns.

Arkansas prepares to wrap up aggressive execution schedule

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:40pm

The last inmate set to die under Arkansas' compressed execution timetable looked to state and federal courts Thursday in final bids to save his life.

The Latest: Trooper killed in line of duty was a family man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:40pm

The Latest on the shooting of a Delaware state trooper (all times local):

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up in New York City

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:35pm

In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Gunman pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:30pm

A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thursday after a lengthy standoff with police had been fond of guns since middle school, a former neighbor and classmate said.

Atlanta attorney indicted on murder charge in wife's death

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:25pm

Prosecutors say a prominent Atlanta attorney intentionally killed his business executive wife and tried to exert unlawful pressure on witnesses as authorities investigated the September shooting death.

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:25pm

With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.

Gay legislator hits back at online troll by calling grandma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:24pm

An openly gay Pennsylvania politician has hit back at an internet troll who posted a slur on his Facebook page — by calling the troll's grandmother.

The Latest: Arkansas court rejects 2 requests from inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:24pm

The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:20pm

University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issue under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week.

The Latest: Governor believes ambush killer is 'monster'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:20pm

The Latest on the trial of a sniper who shot two Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks (all times local):

Texas backs tough sanctuary city ban as federal push stalls

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:20pm

The Texas House has given final approval to a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" in the country's second-largest state.

I-80 enforcement during April week nets drugs, arrests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:13pm

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says it made multiple arrests and seized more than 250 pounds of illegal drugs during a weeklong enforcement initiative along the Interstate 80 corridor this month.

The Latest: Coroner says autopsy of dead girl inconclusive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:10pm

The Latest on the toddler whose body was found more after an intense search (all times local):

Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before 2018

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely boost Democratic candidates, following three recent court findings that Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters.

Correction: Confederate General-Tennessee story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:03pm

In a story April 26 about a resolution honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Associated Press reported erroneously the function of a building at Middle Tennessee State University named after the Confederate general. It is an ROTC center, not a dorm.