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Mental evaluation for man accused of killing pink flamingo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:13pm

The man accused of killing Pinky the pink flamingo at Busch Gardens last summer will be evaluated by doctors to determine his mental competency to stand trial.

Officers who fatally shot woman holding fake gun are cleared

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:12pm

A Virginia prosecutor on Wednesday cleared two police officers in the shooting death of a woman who reached for a fake handgun in her waist band as they confronted her.

The Latest: Virginia urges court to let execution proceed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:10pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Virginia inmate convicted of killing a Richmond family in 2006 (all times local):

Audit: Ex-fire officials may have misused funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

Two former top officials with Salt Lake County's firefighting agency may have violated state ethics laws and misused public funds, citing purchases of iPads and Apple watches and trips to spring training in Arizona, Utah's state auditor said Wednesday.

Prosecutor: Newly-elected sheriff addicted to meth pleads guilty to felony in theft of meth from police locker, resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

Prosecutor: Newly-elected sheriff addicted to meth pleads guilty to felony in theft of meth from police locker, resigns.

Policeman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

A Massachusetts police sergeant is being credited with rescuing an injured owl for the second time in three months.

Sheriff accused of meth theft pleads to felony, resigns

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:01pm

A newly elected West Virginia sheriff who admitted he was a meth addict and was charged with stealing the drug from a police locker pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned from office Wednesday, a prosecutor said.

Supreme Court nominee returns to bench as judge, not justice

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:54pm

Merrick Garland, the judge nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, made his return to the courtroom on Wednesday to hear cases as a federal appeals court judge, not a Supreme Court justice.

Funeral director who had bodies in her garage gets prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

A Philadelphia funeral director found with three decomposing bodies in her garage has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Police seek armed robber in Wendover casino hold-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

Police are looking for an armed robber who held up the sports book at a casino on the Nevada-Utah line.

UNC president: Job candidates say no, citing bathroom law

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

A North Carolina law limiting the legal protections of LGBT people has hampered the public universities that drive the state's economic growth, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings said Wednesday.

Slain girl's dad sues Navajo Nation for lack of alert system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was abducted and killed has sued the tribe for failing to have an emergency notification system that he claims would have saved his daughter's life.

AP FACT CHECK: Accident didn't kill anti-Trump protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:50pm

A story shared on social media that claims six people protesting President-elect Donald Trump were killed when they were hit by a truck on a Seattle freeway is false.

Ice storm paralyzes parts of Oregon, Washington state

Don Ryan and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40pm

An ice storm shut down parts of major highways and interstates Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed the hardest hit towns along the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice coating the ground in some places.

Stray cat found with an arrow through its body, taken to vet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40pm

A stray cat has been found in New Jersey with an arrow through its body.

Guantanamo prisoner loses bid for release before Trump era

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:35pm

A Guantanamo prisoner from Algeria lost a last-minute legal maneuver Wednesday to go home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Son of man banned from guns is blinded in shooting accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:32pm

An 11-year-old girl fired a borrowed gun at a Pennsylvania shooting range and the bullet ricocheted off the ground, striking her 12-year-old brother in the head and blinding him, state police said in court documents.

Obama's parting message: We're going to be OK

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30pm

"We're going to be OK."

Mom, kids fled at time when domestic violence wasn't a crime

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:24pm

A woman charged with abducting her two daughters from their father in 1985 fled the state following an argument between the couple that turned physical, at a time when domestic violence wasn't a crime.