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Chaffetz formed new firm before saying he would leave House

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:35pm

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, whose abrupt announcement last week that he was quitting Congress and his key role as chairman on the House Oversight Committee left a trail of questions, set up a new company in April just a day before announcing he wouldn't run for re-election.

Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:24pm

A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly, experts say.

Times Square crash: 5 still hospitalized, but teen goes home

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 6:06pm

A New Jersey high school senior and another person mowed down by a driver on a Times Square sidewalk were released from hospitals Tuesday, but four other victims are still hospitalized, school and hospital officials said.

Authorities: Girl, 2, dead after man used 'wrestling moves'

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:57pm

A 2-year-old Missouri girl died after her mom's boyfriend injured the toddler using "wrestling moves" that included picking her up and slamming her on the ground, authorities said Tuesday.

Trial set for Alaska man charged in girlfriend's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:50pm

A trial date has been set for a 21-year-old Alaska man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend when he tried to kill himself and the bullet struck the woman after passing through his head.

Judge declares mistrial in ex-deputy's murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:46pm

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a former New Mexico sheriff's deputy who was charged in the shooting death of a fellow deputy during what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled dispute.

Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:35pm

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature.

Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:34pm

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.

Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia

Eileen Sullivan and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:20pm

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

Plea deal in works for teen in alleged suicide-pact crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:10pm

A defense attorney says a plea deal is in the works for a 16-year-old girl charged with killing two people in a high-speed crash on the way to carry out a suicide pact.

Bizarre elk poaching case in Nevada nets 3 convictions

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:54pm

An 18-month investigation into big game poaching in northeast Nevada has netted three convictions on charges ranging from the illegal killing of three trophy elk to interfering with state investigators.

New Utah GOP head ready to take step to end lawsuit

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:48pm

The newly elected chair of the Utah GOP has vowed to move past a contentious lawsuit that's left the party deep in debt — a step in a moderate direction that he said Tuesday could heal divisions in the party.

No charges planned over protest of college guest speaker

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:40pm

A Vermont police department said Tuesday it does not expect to file charges in the March protest of a guest speaker at Middlebury College who co-wrote a book discussing racial differences in intelligence.

The Latest: Defense: Jury's outcome sends a strong message

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:40pm

The Latest on the retrial of a former Santa Fe County deputy charged in the death of a fellow deputy (all times local):

The Latest: Senate panel narrows Flynn document request

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:39pm

The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

Mom who went to classes with quadriplegic son gets MBA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:30pm

A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.

Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test

James Nord, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:20pm

The U.S. Department of Energy is abandoning a test meant to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground because of changes in budget priorities, the agency said Tuesday.

Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:20pm

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.

Jury deliberations start in New Jersey father's murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday whether a New Jersey man killed his 3-year-old son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend, and whether the father should be convicted of murder.

3 New Mexico men indicted for attempted robbery, carjacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:08pm

Three New Mexico men have been indicted with crimes related to a shooting and robbery attempt at a Wyoming pharmacy.