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

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:36pm

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.

Hosting congressional picnic, Trump calls for unity

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:32pm

A carousel spun joyfully within sight of the Truman Balcony. Members of Congress munched on fried chicken and their children watched toy boats float in a pool. Ivanka Trump lifted her daughter off her feet and spun her around in the Rose Garden.

Veteran LAPD officer arrested for sex with 15-year-old cadet

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:15pm

Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday arrested a veteran Los Angeles police officer for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old cadet who is suspected of joyriding in stolen patrol cars.

Nebraska Democratic official ousted for Scalise comment

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:07pm

The Nebraska Democratic Party removed a party official from his post Thursday after he was recorded saying he was glad U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise got shot and that he wished the Louisiana Republican had died.

Home health care aide accused of trying to help terror group

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:07pm

A home health care aide was charged with trying to aid the Islamic State group after he unwittingly planned his trip to Syria under the eye of law enforcement authorities, prosecutors said Thursday.

The Latest: Man charged with bid to help Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:07pm

The Latest on the arrest of a man accused of trying to aid the Islamic State group (all times local):

400 more homes evacuated by growing fire near Utah ski town

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:55pm

A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has doubled in size in high winds and drove out residents of 400 additional homes, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities: Ricocheted bullet meant for dog killed teen boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:55pm

A deputy's bullet that was fired at a charging pit bull apparently ricocheted off the ground and hit and killed a 17-year-old boy who had been helping to restrain the dog, authorities said Thursday.

The Latest: Woman killed by bear in Alaska was newly married

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:55pm

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

Huge stuffed cow saves 2-year-old boy after fall out window

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:40pm

Police in Massachusetts are crediting a huge stuffed cow with saving 2-year-old boy who fell out of a second-story window and onto concrete below.

Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

Andrew Selsky., Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:23pm

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.

The Latest: Warner says Trump 'never ceases to amaze me'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 6:06pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's claim that there are no recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey (all times EDT):

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:53pm

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii.

Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:53pm

Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress in the effort to end racial bias in police and court practices, but the city needs to be more transparent, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge Thursday.

Detroit judge temporarily halts deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians who fear torture if sent back

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:53pm

Detroit judge temporarily halts deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians who fear torture if sent back .

Uber rolls out in-app tipping option, matching Lyft

Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:40pm

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart.

Man convicted of killing SWAT officer, could face execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:39pm

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.

US airstrike kills al-Qaida commander, 2 others, in Yemen

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:39pm

The U.S. military says an American airstrike in Yemen has killed a top commander for the al-Qaida affiliate there and two of his associates.

Ex-Mexican lawmaker arrested at US border on drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:35pm

A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January.

School panel hears case of member known for insulting Obamas

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:30pm

A one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife appeared before the state's education commissioner Thursday on the first day of hearings to determine whether he should be ousted from the Buffalo Board of Education.