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State Dept. employee accused of misleading FBI in China case

Ben Nuckols and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:06pm

A veteran State Department employee has been charged with making false statements to the FBI about gifts she had received from Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:06pm

Melania Trump helped present State Department awards Wednesday to 13 women from around the globe who were recognized for demonstrating courage and leadership in the face of adversity, a group she praised as "true heroes."

Lawsuit: Sword blade flew from handle, pierced teen's head

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:06pm

The parents of a Kentucky teenager say a Georgia company sold a defective Samurai sword that pierced the boy through the forehead as he and his friends played with it.

Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wed

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:57pm

A mysterious carving of a woman's face has been discovered at the church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953, the church announced Wednesday.

New Mexico hit by 'flash drought' weather phenomenon

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:57pm

Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month prompted dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs.

Lawsuit: Louisiana police officer took phone, deleted photo

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

A police officer in Louisiana took a woman's cellphone and deleted a picture from it — without a warrant or her consent — according to a lawsuit she filed Wednesday in federal court.

Tennessee blocking cities' push to ease marijuana punishment

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

As some states and cities around the nation look to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession, Tennessee's conservative Republican legislature is blocking that trend in Nashville and Memphis.

'Angel of Death' serial killer badly beaten in Ohio prison

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s was beaten in his cell and is in critical condition, state authorities said Wednesday.

California will seek death penalty for salon killer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

California's attorney general will continue to seek the death penalty for a man who killed eight people in a shooting rampage at a hair salon and whose sentencing has been delayed by a long-running scandal over the use of jailhouse informants.

The Latest: Arkansas panel votes against inmate clemency bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:50pm

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Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:42pm

Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.

Prosecutors: Officer comments in Castile shooting admissible

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:37pm

Prosecutors are asking a court to allow statements at trial from a Minnesota police officer charged with killing a black man in a shooting that had its aftermath streamed live on Facebook.

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds lethal injection method

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's lethal injection procedure, a decision that potentially clears the way for a pharmacist to compound a hard-to-obtain execution drug.

Man wrongly named person of interest in 1989 abduction sues

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

A Minnesota man who claims his reputation was tarnished after he was wrongly named as a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling sued authorities Wednesday, alleging investigators went after him in retaliation and submitted false information to secure a search warrant for his property.

Chicago man pleads not guilty to weapons charge after raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:14pm

The son of a man who was shot and wounded by federal immigration agents has pleaded not guilty in Chicago to a weapons charge in an unrelated case.

US official: 6 fired from Afghanistan embassy for drugs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:14pm

Six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs.

Trump, Christie pledge to combat nation's opioid addiction

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:10pm

President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis, and he's tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight.

Officers perform CPR on man in lobby at police headquarters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

Four New Hampshire officers are being credited with saving a man's life by performing CPR on him in the police department's front lobby.

The Latest: 'Erratic' woman drives into US Capitol cruiser

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

The Latest on a woman who police say drove into a police cruiser at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.: