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Maine man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend, 2 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:11pm

A Maine man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children has been sentenced to life in prison.

Kentucky police sergeant's name released in fatal shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:11pm

Authorities have released the name of a western Kentucky police officer who fatally shot a man earlier this week.

Kerry appeals for diplomacy as he leaves State Department

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:04pm

Secretary of State John Kerry left the State Department for the last time as America's top diplomat on Thursday, urging the agency's employees to carry on their work with enthusiasm and appealing to the incoming Trump administration to embrace creative diplomacy and international engagement.

Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:01pm

A young woman accused of taping her 2-year-old son to a wall so she could get some housework done and streaming it live on social media was arrested on Thursday.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:01pm

Federal judge temporarily blocks Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program .

Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:00pm

Psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror want a lawsuit from three former detainees dismissed, but a federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to allow it to move to a trial that was expected to include classified information.

Republicans quickly kill Virginia transgender bathroom bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

A transgender bathroom bill similar to North Carolina's has been killed by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly.

The Latest: Chicago disappointed in gun-range ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

The Latest on a federal appeals court striking key parts of Chicago gun range ordinance (all times local):

First day goal? Make White House feel like home for Trump

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:50pm

It's supposed to feel just like home when Donald Trump steps inside the White House residence for the first time as president on Inauguration Day.

Doctors consider removing tube for 41st President Bush

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:50pm

Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his wife, Barbara, said she was feeling much better after undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

The Latest: Obama lashes out at Congress over Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:43pm

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:43pm

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Killer who attacked homeless man with bat to get new trial

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:41pm

One of three teenagers who fatally beat one homeless man and severely injured two others in a booze- and pot-fueled rampage will get a new trial because a judge erred in his jury instructions before the teen was convicted of murder, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Student wants confession in killing barred from trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:33pm

A judge will consider whether to bar from trial a former Virginia Tech student's confession in connection with the slaying of a 13-year-old girl.

Arkansas panel OKs restrictions on 2nd trimester abortions

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

An Arkansas legislative committee voted Thursday to outlaw an abortion procedure that opponents call "savage" and "barbaric" while others deem it the safest way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester.

The Latest: Chief says suspect made sure officer was dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer (all times local):

Obama criticizes Congress for refusing to close Cuba prison

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed Congress for his failure to keep a promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying there's "simply no justification beyond politics" to keep it open.

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:30pm

A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview.

Land swap for school trust land in Bears Ears on hold

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:25pm

A land swap for 109,000 acres of state school trust land within the newly created Bears Ears National Monument won't happen before President Barack Obama leaves office and is on indefinite hold, federal and state officials said this week.