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Parents of toddler shot in Utah among those unpunished

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:19pm

The parents of a 2-year-old Utah boy who was shot and killed by his 3-year-old sister in 2014 weren't charged after investigators determined it was a horrible accident.

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:13pm

Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals.

Justice watchdog says DEA botched deadly Honduras missions

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:12pm

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and Justice Department officials about an aggressive yet poorly planned strategy that led to a series of deadly confrontations involving agents in Honduras, government watchdogs wrote in a scathing report released Wednesday.

Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Joe Mandak and Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:12pm

The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members.

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Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:10pm

President Donald Trump's budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan's deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.

South Dakota girl with cancer prevented from graduating

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:10pm

A western South Dakota high school won't allow a student who has brain cancer to walk during its graduation ceremony because she is a few credits short of being able to graduate.

Utah library system drops late fee policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:00pm

Big changes may soon come to a Utah library system.

Former Mississippi prison chief sentenced to nearly 20 years

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

Christopher Epps once called himself the "tallest hog at the trough," but he was cut down to size Wednesday when a judge sentenced Mississippi's former corrections commissioner to nearly 20 years in prison for crimes connected to more than $1.4 million in bribes.

US-Russia calls increase to avoid air mishaps in Syria

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

U.S. military phone calls with Russia have increased as the two countries work to avoid aircraft mishaps in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria, a senior American Air Force commander said Wednesday.

Former Mississippi prison chief sentenced to nearly 20 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

A federal judge has sentenced the former head of Mississippi's prison system to nearly 20 years in prison in a wide-ranging corruption case.

The Latest: Dem wants to know if Trump pressed intel chiefs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:48pm

The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise.

The Latest: New Missouri campus chancellor prizes diversity

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

The Latest on the introduction of the new chancellor of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus (all times local):

Biden tells grads to take up 'dirty business of politics'

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden is urging college graduates to take up the "dirty business of politics" to change the trajectory of the world.

Mourners honor college student slain days before graduation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:40pm

Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Arkansas Democrats' dinner renamed to honor Bill Clinton

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

The Arkansas Democratic Party on Wednesday renamed its annual fundraising dinner in honor of its favorite political son, former President Bill Clinton, nearly a year after dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from the event over the late presidents' slave ownership.

USGA wants focus on Women's Open golf, not Trump's course

Tom Canavan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

The USGA insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the U.S. Women's Open at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump in less than two months.

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents

Deb Riechmann and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:29pm

Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

University of Missouri introduces new chancellor

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

A top New York state university administrator named Wednesday to the helm of the University of Missouri's flagship campus said he stands poised to tackle the school's formidable challenges, from looming budget cuts to nagging racial discord and slumping enrollment.