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Ruling allows lawsuit by parents of slain woman to proceed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:42am

The parents of a young woman strangled by her boyfriend and dumped in an open cemetery grave will be allowed to pursue their lawsuit against an Omaha mental treatment facility where the boyfriend was being held.

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Darlene Superville and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:39am

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.

NY governor's 9/11 worker pardon unlikely to spark a trend

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

The New York governor's pardon of a World Trade Center disaster worker fighting deportation to Colombia after a drug conviction is the latest example of politicians trying to rescue individuals from their immigration problems, but the mixed and unpredictable results make it unlikely to become a common occurrence.

Judge orders changes at Wisconsin juvenile prisons

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

A federal judge issued a stinging rebuke Friday of disciplinary practices at Wisconsin's youth prisons, saying state officials have demonstrated a "callous indifference" to the harm caused to juvenile inmates by the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and shackles.

US would welcome effective Syrian effort to defeat IS

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

A U.S. military official says Washington would welcome a concerted effort by the Syrian government or its Iranian-backed partner forces to defeat the Islamic State group in its remaining strongholds in Syria.

The Latest: Utah wildfire burns 13 homes as it spread

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

The Latest on wildfires burning across the West (all times local):

Chaffetz cements plans to resign from Congress on June 30

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:37am

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has cemented his plans to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives effectively June 30.

Texas officer in murder case faces unrelated assault charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:26am

A former Texas police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager has been indicted on two unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.


McConnell's focus: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:20am

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

7-year-old, father shot while waiting for bus in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:20am

Officials say a 7-year-old boy and his father were injured in a drive-by shooting while waiting at a bus stop in Virginia's capital city.


Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:14am

Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.


North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio to defend reputation at criminal trial

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

The political career of Joe Arpaio ended last year when the six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for cracking down on illegal immigration and housing inmates in tents outside in the desert heat was trounced in an election that focused on his own legal troubles.

Smoke in cockpit prompts JetBlue emergency landing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

Smoke in the cockpit prompted a JetBlue Airways flight headed for Florida to make an emergency landing in South Carolina.

US says it killed key Islamic State moneyman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:06am

The U.S. military says it killed a key moneyman for the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Mayors focus on bipartisan, local leadership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:56am

The Latest on the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting (all times local):

Supreme Court sides with immigrants over bad legal advice

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:55am

When a lawyer advises that a plea deal is the best option and won't result in deportation, most immigrants facing criminal charges agree to plead guilty.

Man accused of killing deputy, 2 others takes plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:36am

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people last month.

Utah teen to spend 10 years to life in jail for stabbing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:36am

A Utah teen will serve time in prison for a violent attack last year where he stabbed four classmates and himself and hit a fifth person with a staff.