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Statues to Confederacy in its ex-capital spur soul-searching

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:47am

One after another, cities across the United States are removing Confederate statues and other symbols, dispensing with what some see as offensive artifacts of a shameful past marked by racism and slavery. But Richmond, Virginia, the former Confederate capital that boasts some of the most dramatic displays of such statuary, is taking a go-slow approach.

Ex-Florida escort to be sentenced for trying to hire hit man

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:47am

A former Florida escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband could get up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Friday, perhaps ending a drawn-out case that drew notice for its startling videos and salacious characters.

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:40am

President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelation comes as Mueller's probe into Russia's election meddling appears likely to include some of the Trump family's business ties.

CIA director: Moscow loves to 'stick it to America'

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:50pm

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to "stick it to America."

Chief: Australian woman shot by cop 'did not have to die'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:14pm

The Minneapolis police chief says the Australian woman who was shot by an officer after calling 911 "did not have to die."

Ohio veteran can keep ducks to relieve PTSD, depression

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:35pm

An Ohio veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them.

Judge refuses to reinstate Trump sanctuary cities order

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:30pm

A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:30pm

President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, three people with knowledge of the matter said Thursday. The revelations come as Mueller's investigation appears likely to probe some of the Trump family's business ties.

Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

Chad Day and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:12pm

President Donald Trump's growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special counsel Robert Mueller would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances. But that's a line that Mueller seems sure to cross.

DHS chief says arresting parents may quell human trafficking

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:04pm

A plan to prosecute parents who pay smugglers to illegally bring their children across the U.S. border is aimed at quelling human trafficking, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday.

The Latest: California wildfire destroys 50 homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:42pm

The Latest on the wildfires burning in the west (all times local):

California fire officials say a wildfire west of Yosemite National Park has destroyed 99 structures, 50 of them homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41pm

California fire officials say a wildfire west of Yosemite National Park has destroyed 99 structures, 50 of them homes.

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:11pm

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:48pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping clear of the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.

The Latest: Despite criticism, Sessions says he's staying on

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:48pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):

Chief: Death of Australian woman 'should not have happened'

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:20pm

The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call "should not have happened," police Chief Janee Harteau said Thursday, adding that the officer's actions "go against who we are in the department."

Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:51pm

John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump — so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where he's battling brain cancer, the Arizona senator on Thursday lobbed a new attack at the White House over its Syria policy.

Ex-Navy sailor gets 40 years for killing transgender woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:40pm

A former Navy sailor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2016 stabbing death of a transgender woman in Mississippi.

Latest: Chief: No problems with Minneapolis cop's training

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:19pm

The Latest on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in Minneapolis (all times local):

Family almost didn't go to creek before flooding killed 10

Anita Snow and Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:10pm

Maria Raya-Garcia almost didn't get the weekend off to celebrate her birthday beside a popular swimming hole in Arizona.