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Latest: AG's letter contradicts inmates autopsy report

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:13pm

The latest on problems the state of Oklahoma has had over executions (all times local):

House committee approves measure to open parks to paddling

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:11pm

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to lift longstanding restrictions on kayaks, rafts and other "hand-propelled" vessels on hundreds of miles of rivers and streams in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Prosecutors back teen's conviction in prep school rape case

Lynne Tuohy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:11pm

The conduct of an elite prep school's former student convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman days before he graduated justifies his felony conviction for using a computer to lure her for sex, prosecutors maintained.

Gun found during arrest of 3 in tantra teacher's death

Paul Elias and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:03pm

Authorities have recovered the gun believed to be the one used to kill a popular tantra yoga teacher when they arrested three young people in Oregon traveling in the victim's car, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:01pm

The northern Nevada town of Sparks is seeing a building boom now that Tesla Motors plans to build a large battery factory there, bringing thousands of good-paying jobs. Officials say the new demand for housing and other services has helped jumpstart downtown redevelopment plans sitting idle for two decades. About $60 million worth of new projects broke ground last month.

Video: California officers ignored dying man's distress

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:01pm

A police video ordered released by a California judge shows officers repeatedly ignoring signs of medical distress in a man they suspected of being a drug dealer, even telling a 911 dispatcher to ignore calls from his family for help.

Death row in Texas gets its first new inmate of the year

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:01pm

Texas' death row is getting its first inmate of 2015, ending a 10-month hiatus in death sentences imposed by juries in the nation's most active capital punishment state.

Ex-Boy Scouts leader sentenced to 20 years for child porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:51pm

A former Boy Scouts leader who distributed child pornography over the Internet has been sentenced in New Jersey to 20 years in prison.

Louisiana: 55 West Nile cases this year, 4 deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:51pm

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says one newly reported case of West Nile virus and two additional deaths from the disease have been reported this week.

Woman pleads guilty to killing stranger in supermarket

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:51pm

A woman accused of fatally stabbing a stranger in a Maine supermarket pleaded guilty to murder and requested a life sentence on Thursday, disregarding her lawyer's recommendation that she use an insanity defense.

US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed

Don Thompson and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:51pm

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.

Autopsy: Football player's death due to heart disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice.

California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires California to phase out the use of microscopic beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.

Committee OKs lifting UW out-of-state student cap

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

A University of Wisconsin System committee approved a plan to lift UW-Madison's cap on out-of-state students Thursday after the campus' chancellor and system president insisted they need more freedom to attract fresh talent for Wisconsin employers.

E. Idaho grizzly euthanized, cubs being evaluated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Wildlife officials in eastern Idaho on Thursday captured and euthanized a 13-year-old grizzly bear habituated to human-related food after catching it and her two yearling cubs in a trap near the town of Chester.

Satellite images show scale of NKorea's anniversary parade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Satellite imagery shows North Korea has erected a tented city and mobilized hundreds of trucks and armored vehicles in preparation for a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the ruling party.

Oklahoma halts executions after using wrong drug on inmate

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Gov. Mary Fallin agreed Thursday that all executions in Oklahoma should be delayed after an autopsy report revealed that the wrong drug was used to stop an inmate's heart in January — one that experts say doesn't work as quickly or effectively.


After the flood, a rush to preserve drinking water

Adam Beam and Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

South Carolina's capital city had too much water. Now, officials are racing to make sure it has enough.

McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress.