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Graham wants to know if his communications were intercepted

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:59pm

A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question Tuesday as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad?

Utah wildfire grows as firefighters battle California blazes

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake.

Suspect in slayings of sisters to be brought back to Boston

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

A man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her sister more than five years ago is expected to face a Massachusetts judge this week after he was arrested June 3 in Haiti.

Pennsylvania to set policy limiting release of police video

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll sign a bill giving police departments discretion to refuse public requests for copies of audio or video recordings by officers.

State: 111 terminally ill end lives under new California law

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

California health officials say 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after a 2016 law made the option legal.

Aerial fireworks take hit in Idaho attorney general opinion

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

The Idaho Attorney General's Office says it's illegal for the general public to buy aerial fireworks, which require a special permit to use.

Judge won't close beach where 3 died after the sand gave way

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:49pm

A judge is refusing to order the closure of a beach where three people died when the sand gave way beneath them as they walked near the water's edge.

3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Michael Tarm and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:48pm

Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Getaway driver pleads guilty in random Pennsylvania killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:47pm

A man has pleaded guilty to driving a car with a passenger who randomly killed three Pennsylvania residents as part of a string of shootings that police say also left four people in New Jersey dead.

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Trump says US on brink of becoming net exporter of energy

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:47pm

With U.S. exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources.

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Andrew Demillo and Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:36pm

Workers installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol on Tuesday, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the privately funded statue on state grounds.

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'Possible active shooter' reported at Army's Redstone Arsenal

Tina Burnside, Jason Hanna and Dave Alsup, CNN  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:34pm

Part of the US Army's Redstone Arsenal post in northern Alabama was on lockdown for hours Tuesday as investigators tried to investigate reports that a shooter was in one of the buildings.

Idaho plan to cut achievement gap deemed too ambitious

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:30pm

The latest plan to close Idaho's student achievement gap needs tweaking after being told the goal was too ambitious and unrealistic, state education officials said.

Florida governor, prosecutor fight heads to state high court

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:29pm

A fight between Florida's governor and a state attorney goes before the state's highest court in a case that touches on the death penalty, the independence of prosecutors and the governor's power.

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

John Flesher and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:26pm

The Trump administration is taking steps to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution.

Lockdown lifted at military post; no injuries reported

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:16pm

Authorities locked down an Alabama military post on Tuesday amid reports of a possible active shooter, and workers were advised to "run hide fight." About two hours later, the all-clear was given and officials said there were no confirmed injuries or arrests.

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US to Syria: 'Heavy price' awaits any chemical weapons use

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:15pm

The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay "a heavy price" if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants.

3 Chicago officers indicted on conspiracy charges in alleged cover-up of black teen Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:00pm

3 Chicago officers indicted on conspiracy charges in alleged cover-up of black teen Laquan McDonald's fatal shooting.

N. Carolina man sentenced in foiled IS-inspired shooting

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 12:55pm

A man who plotted to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State group received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.

Pennsylvania auto salvage yard destroyed in dramatic fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 12:55pm

A Pennsylvania auto salvage yard has been destroyed in a dramatic blaze punctuated by a series of explosions.