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North Carolina judges back governor over election changes

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

North Carolina judges on Friday put a temporary brake on renewed efforts by Republican state lawmakers to curtail the new Democratic governor's control over state and local elections.

First Lady dedicates 'healing' garden at children's hospital

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital's new rooftop "healing" garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, "relax and enjoy in peace."

Court rules against immediate protections for whitebark pine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

An appeals court has ruled that U.S. government officials don't have to take immediate action to protect a pine tree that is a source of food for threatened grizzly bears.

Court upholds death sentence in killing of baby, grandmother

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:17pm

Pennsylvania's high court has affirmed the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2012 murders of a baby and her grandmother in what prosecutors called a botched kidnapping plot.

Correction: Missing Children-Arkansas story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:10pm

In a story April 27 about two missing Arkansas children, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, reported erroneously the age of one of the children. Reilly James Scarbrough is 9, not 10.

Some want charges for parents in genital cutting cases

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:04pm

Lawmakers in Minnesota and Texas are pushing to crack down on parents involved with genital cutting after an indictment against a Detroit-area doctor accused of performing the procedure on two young Minnesota girls highlighted the little-known practice.

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe

Kelly P. Kissel and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:04pm

Arkansas' governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state's execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection that involved a controversial sedative.

NSA to stop collecting some internet communications

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:02pm

The National Security Agency said Friday it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target, in a move applauded by privacy advocates.

Review: Coal terminal would boost pollution, safety issues

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:00pm

A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington would increase cancer risk for some residents, add 2 million metric tons of global greenhouse gas emissions a year and increase the risk of rail accidents, according to an environmental study released Friday.

The Latest: Judges block new North Carolina elections law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:00pm

The Latest on North Carolina governor's court challenge to law cutting his elections oversight authority (all times local):

Autopsy report: 4-day-old girl stabbed 6 times in the head

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:55pm

The North Carolina chief medical examiner's office says a 4-day-old girl whose body was found last month in a car had been stabbed six times in the head and her 2-year-old sister had been stabbed in the neck.

Videos reportedly show gruesome abuse of young Kansas boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:47pm

The maternal grandmother of a 7-year-old Kansas boy whose remains were found in a pigsty says she has seen videos that detail gruesome abuse the boy suffered at the hands of his father and stepmother.

Syrian man who sued over travel bans brings family to US

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:36pm

An attorney for a Syrian man living in Wisconsin who sued over President Donald Trump's travel bans said Friday that the man has been reunited with his wife and young daughter after three years.

Cable news channel sorry for racially insensitive graphic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:30pm

A cable news station has apologized for accompanying a story on police stops of minorities with a graphic that included the term "colored people."

Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:28pm

A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Prosecutor: Charges likely in deadly fall at Penn State frat

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

The investigation into the February death of a Penn State University fraternity pledge who fell down stairs is likely to result in charges against several people for "conduct surrounding the death of another person," a prosecutor says in a new court filing.

Florida boy among 5 students hit by car has died

Freida Frisaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, his daughter screamed into the phone. "Dad, help me, help me!"

Report faults commissioner's absences amid jail violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

New York City's Department of Investigation says the correction commissioner spent 90 days outside the city last year even amid violence problems at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

Authorities: FBI agent shot and injured in Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:27pm

Authorities say an FBI agent has been shot and injured in Atlanta.

The Latest: Arkansas opposes bid to preserve evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:02pm

The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):