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Charges: Cop left out gun that girl, 8, used to kill herself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:44pm

Authorities say a New Jersey police officer left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf before his 8-year-old daughter fatally shot herself.

Appeals court tells judge to allow transgender name changes

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:42pm

Two transgender men may legally change their names, a Georgia appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a judge's orders that said the name changes could be confusing and considered a type of fraud.

US airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:34pm

U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, the Pentagon said Friday.

Wife of slain California mayor gets 3 months jail in killing

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:31pm

The abused wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor who gunned him down in their home was sentenced Friday to three months in jail by a judge who called the case a textbook study of domestic violence destined to end tragically.

DeVos finalizes disclosures ahead of vote, but Dems unhappy

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:31pm

Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos has finalized her financial and ethics disclosures ahead of her confirmation vote, but Democratic senators still say they need more information.

Taking his exit, Obama says presidency proved hope wins out

Josh Lederman and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:21pm

Former President Barack Obama exited the presidency on Friday with a message of gratitude to Americans and a plea to his supporters not to be bowed by the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The Latest: Nearly 2 more feet of snow in Sierra Nevada

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:21pm

The Latest on California's latest storm (all times local):

Western drought watchers eye Lake Mead water level

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:21pm

Arizona would be the first state to feel the effects of Colorado River cutbacks if the water level continues to fall at drought-stricken Lake Mead, an environmental advocacy group says in a new report.

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Hatch serves as designated survivor at Trump's inauguration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:56pm

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch stayed away from Donald Trump's inauguration at the new president's request.

Man arrested in Ecuador in brazen NYC theft of gold flakes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:54pm

A fugitive wanted for the brazen theft of an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in midtown Manhattan has been arrested in Ecuador, police said Friday.

The Latest: Lawyer for El Chapo: No evidence of wrongdoing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:43pm

The Latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman facing drug trafficking and other charges in the United States (all times local):

Police: Deputy fatally shoots armed man in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:42pm

Virginia State Police say a Caroline County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who threatened to harm himself and deputies and refused to drop a handgun during a domestic call.

Promises, pomp and protests as Trump sworn in

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:41pm

Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

Michigan says 38 underperforming public schools could close

David Eggert and Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:36pm

Michigan announced Friday that it plans to close up to 38 underperforming schools in Detroit and other urban communities, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons.

Idaho lawmakers react to Trump's inauguration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:31pm

Idaho's Republican lawmakers say they are excited to get to work after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:31pm

City police officers with specialized training will be able to refer anyone having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to a hospital or treatment facility rather than arrest them for minor crimes, according to federal court documents filed late Thursday.

In opening act, Trump's light side on display with lawmakers

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:31pm

President Donald Trump turned on the charm with congressional leaders as they witnessed him nominating his Cabinet.

The Latest: Slain officer was veteran of Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:24pm

The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in a town outside New Orleans (all times local):

'I thought I was about to be shot,' white NYC officer says

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:23pm

A white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death in the bathroom of his apartment said Friday that the last thing he wanted to do was pull the trigger.