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Trump's bright idea: a solar wall at the US-Mexico border

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

President Donald Trump wants to add solar panels to his long-promised southern border wall — a plan he says would help pay for the wall's construction and add to its aesthetic appeal.

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No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:27pm

President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

Texas officer in murder case may face new assault charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

A Texas police officer charged with murder in May in the fatal shooting of a black teenager may be facing two aggravated assault charges in an unrelated incident.

Man walks free after federal judge tosses murder conviction

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

Minneapolis' first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday's annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile.

Richmond mayor: Keep Confederate statues, but add context

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:18pm

The towering Confederate monuments in Virginia's capital city shouldn't be taken down, but instead should be supplemented with historical context about why they were built, Richmond's mayor said Thursday.

Gov. defends handling of contentious Chaffetz-seat election

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:18pm

Gov. Gary Herbert is defending his handling of an increasingly contentious special election called after a surprise resignation announcement from U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Landlord says airport stabbing suspect worked as caretaker

Rob Gillies and Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:08pm

The man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, people who knew him said Thursday.

Judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret immigrant vetting program

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:08pm

A class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

The Latest: Pride group talking to police about parade ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:07pm

The Latest on organizers of Twin Cities Pride Parade asking police to minimize their participation because of tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile (all times local):

Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

Andrew Selsky., Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:07pm

Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands.

Wyoming brothers in jail accused in altercation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

Two brothers who are inmates in the same Wyoming jail are facing charges in an altercation with another inmate.

Imprisoned ex-CIA officer loses appeal of leak conviction

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

A former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter lost a bid to clear his name on Thursday.

Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying in an interview: "Give my daughter back."

Man convicted of killing SWAT officer, could face execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

A man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio SWAT officer during a standoff last year has been found guilty of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.

The Latest: Attacker may have targeted Flint for airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

The Latest on the investigation into a stabbing of a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

The Latest: Black bear attacked aggressively in fatal attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

The Latest on a fatal black bear attack in Alaska (all times local):

South Carolina's last Confederate flag remains in a box

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:48pm

Nearly two years after it last flew, South Carolina's final Confederate flag remains in the same place it was taken immediately after it was removed from the flagpole in front of the Statehouse: a small, flat white acid-free box behind several locked doors.

Summer of Slime: DIY goo takes over tweens' lives

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:47pm

Call this The Summer of Slime.

Los Angeles County deputies fatally shoot male suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:47pm

A teenager shot to death by deputies was accidentally hit by a bullet as he tried to stop an aggressive dog from attacking the officers early Thursday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.