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The Latest: California Sierra fire forces evacuations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:20pm

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

Attorney general takes sex assault case that county declined

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:10pm

In a rare move, the state attorney general charged a 19-year-old man with sexual assault after Salt Lake County prosecutors declined to take the case, citing a lack of evidence.

Utah state Sen. Al Jackson resigns from Utah Legislature

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:10pm

Utah state Sen. Al Jackson has resigned ahead of his move out of state.

Student wins $10K in South Dakota safe driving campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:00pm

A Yankton teenager has earned $10,000 as part of a safe driving campaign targeting young drivers.

Orangutan escapes enclosure at Busch Garden Tampa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:00pm

Parts of Busch Gardens Tampa were evacuated and closed off after an orangutan escaped its enclosure.

US family pleads for mercy for couple held in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:50pm

The family of an American woman reported missing in Afghanistan in 2012 with her Canadian husband said they got a letter from their daughter in the last year, and they pleaded for mercy from the couple's captors.

Newspaper publisher arrested after open records request

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:40pm

The publisher of a small, weekly north Georgia newspaper was jailed, along with his lawyer, after officials alleged his open records request for county checks written to two local judges included a criminal falsehood, and that a subpoena they issued constituted an attempt to commit identity fraud.

Report: Judge who locked up 3 kids committed misconduct

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:40pm

A suburban Detroit judge committed several acts of misconduct when she sent three siblings to juvenile detention and made references to Charles Manson's cult during a rancorous custody case, according to a report released Friday.

Man killed by bear experienced in dangers of the wilderness

Matt Volz and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:33pm

The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the vast, wild forest that spreads from the shadows of the park's rugged peaks.

Police: 3 deaths in wealthy community were murder-suicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:30pm

The deaths of a teenage girl and two women in a house in one of the nation's wealthiest communities were a murder-suicide, investigators confirmed Friday.

Oklahoma land offices distributes record-high school funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:30pm

The state agency that oversees state lands for the benefit of public schools says it distributed a record $102 million to Oklahoma school districts during the most recent fiscal year.

4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:30pm

Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. She has not been charged.

Attorney general wishes she hadn't met with Bill Clinton

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:30pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expressing regret that she sat down with Bill Clinton while his wife is under federal criminal investigation, a chance encounter she acknowledges "cast a shadow" on the public's perception of a case bound to influence the presidential campaign.

State redraws Medicaid cuts to hospital, dentists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:21pm

New Mexico will cut Medicaid payments by less than originally planned for the University of New Mexico Hospital in response to concerns raised by Native American tribal leaders and others.

Dr. Tom Clifford is appointed by governor to UNM regents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:11pm

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has a new member.

Lincoln Public Schools preschool federal funding threatened

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:10pm

Lincoln Public Schools could lose federal funding for its preschool programs, if it doesn't make a big change soon.

Las Vegas man gets year in prison in no-name extortion case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:10pm

A 38-year-old man who admitted using sex tapes to extort hush money from an unnamed Las Vegas businessman, and later agreed to keep the victim's name secret, has been sentenced to just over a year in federal prison.

Former seminary student sentenced for seeking infant sex

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:10pm

A former Ohio seminarian was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to adopt or purchase infants from Mexico to sexually molest them.

Flash flood warning issued for Zion National Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:01pm

Officials have issued a flash flood warning for Zion National Park in southern Utah as afternoon thunderstorms have moved into the area.