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NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 2:15pm

The NAACP announced a new interim leader on Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow it to talk to local members and figure out what the future of the nation's oldest civil rights organization should be.

Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:42pm

Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over.

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Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:41pm

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

Wyoming delegation differs over best health care approach

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:41pm

Members of Wyoming's all-Republican congressional delegation have differing views about health care reform in Congress.

Zion National Park to get $694K for park maintenance work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:26pm

Zion National Park in southern Utah is getting part of a pot of federal and private money for maintenance and infrastructure work at U.S. national parks.

The Latest: Trump dines with top aides at his Virginia club

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:15pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Virginia to commission an aircraft carrier (all times local):

Optimism survives on 25th anniversary of Seeds of Peace

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:03pm

Middle East peace is no closer today than it was a quarter century ago when Seeds of Peace brought the first Israeli and Palestinian teens together in the woods of Maine. But the latest group to spend time together sees reason for optimism.

Deputies cleared in fatal southwest Idaho shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:03pm

A prosecutor has determined that the eight law enforcement officers who fired shots at a 32-year-old southwest Idaho man were justified in using lethal force.

7 students face hearings in Merchant Marine Academy probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 12:20pm

Seven suspended men's soccer players at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will face campus disciplinary hearings over allegations of sexual misconduct, coercion and hazing, according to a federal lawyer.

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 12:01pm

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

$53M to go to US national park maintenance, infrastructure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:53am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks.

Ex-firefighter gets prison for torching black fireman's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:36am

A former New York firefighter said stupidity, not racism, spurred him to set a fire that destroyed a black colleague's apartment.

Christie OKs law to give schools transgender policy guidance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:11am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities.

Health officials: Low levels of toxin found in Jordan River

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:45am

Salt Lake County health officials are advising people to stay out of the Jordan River because of a low level of an algae-related toxin found in the water, but they say there shouldn't be a health threat for boaters.

Bodies found in south-central Idaho residence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:33am

Authorities in south-central Idaho say the finding of two bodies inside a residence in Burley is being investigated as a homicide.

Scooper planes skim Yellowstone Lake for firefighting water

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:14am

Two airplanes will be scooping water out of Yellowstone Lake to fight a wildfire east of Yellowstone National Park.

'Complete devastation' for some near California wildfire

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:11am

A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years, after a wildfire raced through her rural California community, the former nurses' aide said.

Ohio prosecutor: Infant whose remains found was born alive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 9:41am

The attorney for an 18-year-old Ohio woman accused of burying an infant alive outside her family's home said the teen is a "very good person" who has worked with disabled children.

3 years after police chokehold death, US probe grinds on

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 9:30am

When federal prosecutors asked to meet last month with Eric Garner's family, it stoked speculation that their investigation into his death was finally nearing a resolution three years after his last words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for protests over police killings of black men.