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Swollen river feeds flooding near Houston as residents flee

John L. Mone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 9:10pm

Residents of some rural southeastern Texas counties were bracing for more flooding along a river that reached a record high Tuesday as more rain was expected in the coming days.

Video: Elk Charges tourist taking photos in Yellowstone

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:31pm

Video shot by a tourist over the weekend in Yellowstone National Park is yet another recent example of why it's important to keep a safe distance from wildlife.

Oregon students get bottled water; lead found at 2 schools

Kristena Hansen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:30pm

A third-party, independent investigation will be conducted after high amounts of lead were found in water sources at two schools, which led the district to close all water fountains, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith said Tuesday.

SDSU wins charity fundraiser against USD; effort raises $66K

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:20pm

South Dakota State University has edged out the University of South Dakota in an annual charity fundraiser that benefits Feeding South Dakota.

Detective whose story told in McFarland USA pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:20pm

An ex-detective who had been on the championship 1987 track team depicted in the movie "McFarland USA" pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and drug charges while he was with the Bakersfield Police Department.

Canadian charged with torture, mutilation in killing partner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 8:00pm

A Canadian man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of torturing, mutilating and killing a girlfriend whose bloodless body was found in their Southern California apartment.

The Latest: Head of schools says lead investigation underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:41pm

The Latest on elevated levels of lead found in the drinking water at Portland Public schools (all times local):

Pacific military exercises to include 27 nations, a record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:40pm

The U.S. Navy says 27 nations will participate in the world's largest maritime exercises in coming weeks.

Testimony: House speaker hired to open doors with others

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:30pm

The president of an education curriculum company testified Tuesday that he hired Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, in a $7,500 a month consulting contract, to open doors with legislative leaders in other states as the company tried to sell digital courses to school systems.

Man frees Kansas judge after hourslong hostage standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:21pm

A gunman who held a Kansas county's chief judge and his wife hostage Tuesday over a child custody matter eventually surrendered, releasing the couple unharmed, police said.

Prosecutor: 3 men were persistent in efforts to get to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:11pm

A federal prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday that three Minnesota men were intent in their efforts to join the Islamic State group in Syria and knew they would be killing people once they got there, but defense attorneys for two of them said their clients were not part of any conspiracy.

Nevada prisons ending use of birdshot behind bars

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:00pm

The new director of Nevada's prison system says he's ending the use of birdshot behind bars.

Former Virginia Tech president, T. Marshall Hahn Jr., dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:00pm

T. Marshall Hahn Jr., under whose 12-year presidency Virginia Tech grew from a mostly male military college into a comprehensive university, has died.

Ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy sentenced to 4 years in killing

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 7:00pm

A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Broncos receiver Latimer arrested on misdemeanor warrant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:40pm

Authorities say Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant after he called the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office to report that he was involved in a domestic disturbance with a woman.

US seeks to seize San Bernardino shooter's life insurance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:40pm

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to seize payments on life insurance policies taken out by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in the years before the December attacks.

Father who had daughter marry her rapist sentenced to jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:20pm

An Idaho man will spend about four months in jail for taking his pregnant 14-year-old daughter to Missouri and having her marry a 24-year-old family friend who had raped her.

Moderate Republican lawmakers have money lead over tax foes

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:00pm

Republican lawmakers who supported Gov. Brian Sandoval's $1.4 billion tax package in 2015 outraised their anti-tax Republican challengers so far this year as they head toward Nevada's June 14 primary.

The Latest: Some beaches open after California shark attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:00pm

The Latest on a shark attack in Southern California (all times local):

Washington auditor to face another fraud trial

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 6:00pm

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they will retry the elected Washington state auditor on charges he pocketed millions of dollars in needless fees while running a real estate services business a decade ago, after his five-week fraud trial ended in April with a hung jury.