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Justice Department will probe metro Phoenix sheriff Arpaio

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:02pm

The investigation and possible prosecution of metropolitan Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be handled by the U.S. Justice Department after federal prosecutors in Arizona asked to be removed because of unspecified conflicts of interest, according to a court filing made public Friday.

FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:58pm

The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

Jonathan Drew and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:50pm

A judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law.

Tennessee man charged in shooting death of police officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:50pm

An eastern Tennessee man arrested after a shootout with police that left one officer dead was charged Friday with criminal homicide, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted.

Judge won't block California's strict child vaccination law

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:40pm

A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the strictest in the nation for eliminating exemptions based on religious and personal beliefs.

Idaho voters to have 8 options for presidential candidates

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:30pm

Idaho has swung for Republican presidential candidates for more than four decades, but voters will still have plenty of options for those who don't want to pick either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton come November.

Man, 23, charged in July stabbing death of Eden Prairie man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:30pm

A 23-year-old man from southern Minnesota is charged in the stabbing death of a 74-year-old Eden Prairie man last month.

Girl's killing is New Mexico's latest horrific child death

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:30pm

The killing this week of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was drugged, raped and dismembered is just the latest horrific child slaying case for New Mexico, which has the nation's highest youth poverty rate and a state government that has had highly publicized difficulties protecting children from abuse.

Chicago woman fatally shot pushing baby stroller

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:30pm

Chicago police say a woman pushing a baby in a stroller was fatally shot on the city's South Side.

Pregnant horse in Idaho injured self, not stabbed to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:10pm

Law enforcement officials in eastern Idaho say a free-roaming pregnant horse thought to have been stabbed to death was actually killed by injuring itself.

Dallas protest leader sentenced to 2 years in prison

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

A leader of the group that organized the protest where a sniper killed five law enforcement officers in Dallas was sentenced Friday to prison for unrelated probation violations.

Louisiana's four-legged flood victims await reunions, homes

Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

Two weeks ago, fast-rising floodwaters forced many south Louisiana homeowners to leave their beloved pets behind as they boarded rescue boats or waded through chest-deep water to reach dry ground.

Ecuadorian woman falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:00pm

An Ecuadorian woman has fallen to her death at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park.

Lead detected in murky American Fork River sediment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:50pm

Officials are warning people to avoid the murky American Fork River after water tests revealed elevated lead levels in the sediment.

The Latest: Man charged with homicide in police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:40pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tennessee police officer (all times local):

Town rallies around Jewish family hit by swastika graffiti

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:40pm

A Jewish woman in suburban Philadelphia woke up last week to a spray-painted swastika on her trash bin, and now her neighbors and strangers from other countries are rallying to support her by painting their own garbage cans with flowers, hearts, birds and butterflies.

Ex-hostages say American stayed brave amid torture in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:31pm

Former hostages say an Arizona woman slain by Islamic State militants remained steadfast in her Christian faith and stood up to her captors despite being tortured, raped and verbally abused.

Mom who died saving son kept him above water until rescue

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:30pm

A mother was enjoying a family boat trip across Lake Powell when she heard a scream and splash. Her 2-year-old son had slipped off their houseboat and into the water.

Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:24pm

Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board.