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Justice Department will probe metro Phoenix sheriff Arpaio

Walter Berry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:50pm

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.

Audit: Lawmaker had improper reimbursement

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:10pm

Legislative auditors say they have found a discrepancy in the travel reimbursements of an Idaho state senator accused of having an extramarital affair with a fellow lawmaker.

Smoking portable meth lab forces evacuation of Delaware home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:41pm

Delaware State Police say a portable meth lab found giving off smoke in a trash can has forced a home evacuation.

The Latest: Top Pacific Marine to keep up work with allies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:41pm

The Latest on the Marine Corps' new commander in the Pacific (all times local):

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

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:31pm

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 heavily publicized difficulties protecting children from abuse.

Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

Jonathan Drew and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:23pm

A federal 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.

Feds charge dozens of Southern California postal workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:21pm

Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes — including a mail carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 pieces of mail.

Dallas protest leader sentenced to 2 years in prison

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:21pm

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.

Air Force says retired 4-star general under investigation

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:13pm

The Air Force says a retired four-star general is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

The Latest: Family of slain girl thankful for prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:00pm

The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

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.

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.

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.

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.