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Friends hail slain 86-year-old California woman as hero

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:39pm

A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman. She was remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop the alleged assailant from attacking her friend.

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe

Kelly P. Kissel and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:36pm

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.

Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:36pm

A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday.

Venezuela formally notifies the Organization of American States of its intention to leave the regional body

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:36pm

Venezuela formally notifies the Organization of American States of its intention to leave the regional body.

Trump says North Korea 'disrespected the wishes of China' with missile test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:36pm

Trump says North Korea 'disrespected the wishes of China' with missile test.

The Latest: Judge orders evidence preserved from execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:30pm

The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):

The Latest: Arkansas toddler found dead, 2nd child missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20pm

The Latest on two relatives found dead and missing children in Arkansas (all times local):

Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:10pm

A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Phoenix trial date set for NBA players accused of assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:52pm

An Aug. 21 trial date has been set for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.

2nd relative of missing Arkansas children is found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:52pm

The great-uncle of two missing Arkansas children has been found dead in his home not far from where the body of the children's mother was found in a creek earlier this week, authorities said Friday.

Report faults commissioner's absences amid jail violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:52pm

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.

The Latest: Friends say elderly California woman was hero

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:50pm

The Latest on the slaying of an 86-year-old California woman (all times local):

Body in concrete-encased container is missing Missouri man's

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:50pm

Authorities say a body found in a concrete-encased container in central Missouri is that of a man who went missing from a home for the mentally disabled.

NSA to stop collecting some internet communications

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:44pm

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.

Man arrested in machete attack at university coffee shop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:40pm

A man armed with a machete asked about the political affiliations of people at a university coffee shop Friday morning before injuring two females in central Kentucky, a witness said.

Videos reportedly show gruesome abuse of young Kansas boy

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

Videos and photos from a home in Kansas where a 7-year-old boy's remains were found in a pigsty show the boy suffered horrific abuse in the months before he died, the child's maternal grandmother said.

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration

Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:19pm

Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn's vetting at the feet of his predecessor.

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.

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.