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Former IG fired by Obama over investigation dies at 84

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:10pm

Gerald Walpin, a former inspector general for the federal AmeriCorps program who was fired by President Barack Obama over his handling of an investigation into a California mayor and Obama supporter, has died. He was 84.

Judge: Lawyers can have Michael Brown juvenile records

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:01pm

Attorneys for the city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Michael Brown's parents can have access to juvenile records involving the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014, a judge ruled.

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers end special session on schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:00pm

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on school funding (all times local):

Virginia jail pushes back against claims of mistreatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

Officials at a Virginia jail where a mentally ill inmate died last year dismissed allegations Friday that the man was abused in their custody and pushed back against claims of mistreatment made by other inmates.

Nevada deputy accused of misconduct in drug probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

A former Washoe County sheriff's deputy faces a felony charge of misconduct after he allegedly sold sensitive information to a purported drug dealer.

The Latest: 2 dead in California blaze were trying to flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:41pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

Kansas legislators give final approval to plan to increase aid to poor school districts, avert shutdown of schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 7:20pm

Kansas legislators give final approval to plan to increase aid to poor school districts, avert shutdown of schools.

Inmate escapes custody after dentist appointment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:53pm

Authorities are searching for an inmate from the Box Elder County Jail who failed to return from a court-approved dentist appointment.

North Dakota spent $491K on fetal heartbeat abortion law

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:41pm

North Dakota spent $491,016 in legal costs defending an ill-fated law passed by the state's Republican-led Legislature three years ago that attempted to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

Detroit groups holding Blight Bootcamp educational event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:40pm

Several Detroit community organizations are holding workshops and presentations aimed at educating people about blight removal efforts in the city.

Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:20pm

A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

Police ID man arrested in shootouts that wounded 2 deputies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 6:01pm

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were critically injured during a series of gun battles with a man who had fled a routine DUI checkpoint and later held a resident hostage for hours before his arrest early Friday.

Arkansas execution drug expiring before ruling takes effect

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:51pm

One of Arkansas' execution drugs will expire before a court decision upholding the state's execution law goes into effect.

Whitewater center suspends activities after amoeba detected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:40pm

The U.S. National Whitewater Center announced Friday that it has temporarily suspended its operations after water samples turned up the amoeba believed to have caused the death of an Ohio teenager.

Norway-flagged tanker gauging damage after Bering Sea mishap

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:31pm

A nearly 600-foot chemical tanker ran aground on an Alaska island in the Bering Sea.

West Virginia flooding closes historic Greenbrier resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:21pm

The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):

Education candidates add wrinkle to Oklahoma primaries

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:21pm

A wave of political newcomers with ties to public education and a general anti-incumbency sentiment among voters are both interesting wrinkles this election cycle, a group of political strategists agreed Friday during a panel discussion about next week's primary election.

Group seeks to expand Omaha smoking ban outdoors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:11pm

An anti-smoking group behind Omaha's indoor smoking ban passed in 2006 is commemorating the ordinance's 10-year anniversary by calling for the ban to expand to the outdoors.

Judge: Woman has no rights to child in same-sex divorce case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:11pm

A Tennessee judge on Friday ruled that a woman in a same-sex divorce case does not have the legal rights to a child she and her wife have raised because of a 1977 state law on artificial insemination.