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Report faults commissioner's absences amid jail violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:37pm

The head of New York City's jail system spent 90 days out of the city last year even amid violence problems at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex, the city Department of Investigation said Friday.

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 nation's signals intelligence 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.

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."