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

Darlene Superville and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:57pm

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.

Dallas officer charged with assault in death of woman

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

A grand jury has recommended an aggravated assault charge against a Dallas police officer who shot and killed a pregnant woman in a January confrontation involving a stolen car.

Trump slashes grant for group combatting white extremism

Jay Reeves and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists.

HGTV's Gaines: Waco restaurant to be called Magnolia Table

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines say the historic former Waco cafe that they bought last year will be called the Magnolia Table and serve breakfast, lunch and brunch.

A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop's murder retrial

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:55pm

A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop. It's the latest racially charged police shooting case to show the reluctance of U.S. jurors to convict officers.

Senators ask military to review Yemen abuse reported by AP

Desmond Butler and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:54pm

Two senior U.S. senators are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

1 year after deadly floods, West Virginia wary of vast storm

Erik Schelzig and Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:54pm

Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains over the upper South on Friday, triggering flash flood warnings from the Mississippi valley into West Virginia, a state still recovering from deadly flooding one year ago.

The Latest: Cindy spurs scattered street flooding in Indiana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:44pm

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The Latest: Cincinnati leaders disappointed by 2nd mistrial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:44pm

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New blow to GOP health bill: Nevada GOP Sen. Heller opposes

Alan Fram and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:40pm

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through the Senate.

Massachusetts cops recover shotgun taken from stolen cruiser

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:37pm

A Massachusetts police department has recovered a shotgun taken from a stolen police vehicle.

New district judge appointed in Park County

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:34pm

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed William L. Simpson to a state district judgeship in Park County.

The Latest: Spreading Utah wildfire has burned 13 homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:30pm

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Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point

Eric Tucker and Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:30pm

Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community.

Ruling allows lawsuit by parents of slain woman to proceed

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:24pm

The parents of a young woman strangled by her boyfriend, who then dumped her body in an open cemetery grave, can pursue their lawsuit against an Omaha mental treatment facility where the boyfriend had been a patient, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:24pm

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.

Texas officer in murder case faces unrelated assault charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:24pm

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.

Mobster believed to be oldest in federal prison freed at 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:20pm

A reputed Colombo crime family underboss reported to be the oldest inmate in the federal prison system has been released at the age of 100.

Long after riots, Milwaukee neighborhood sees little change

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:17pm

The scars of the violence that erupted in a Milwaukee neighborhood after a police officer killed a 23-year-old black man remain visible nearly a year later, reminders of how little things have changed.

New White House chief usher moves from Trump hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:16pm

First lady Melania Trump is appointing the director of rooms at the Trump Organization's Washington hotel to be the new White House chief usher. It's the latest example of the remarkable co-mingling between President Donald Trump's White House and his business world.