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Mississippi raises high-stakes reading bar for third graders

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 5:15pm

More than 35,000 Mississippi third graders sat down in front of computer this week to take reading tests, facing a state mandate to "level up" or not advance to fourth grade. But with the bar set higher this year, state and local officials expect more students will fail the initial test, even with efforts to improve teaching.

Prosecutor: No charges against Arkansas officer in shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 4:48pm

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a man by firing at least 15 times into the windshield as the car was in motion.

Pilot in fiery California crash identified as Utah man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 4:07pm

A pilot killed in a fiery plane crash at a Southern California airport has been identified as a 48-year-old Utah man.

Records: Writer was near husband's work at time of killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:53pm

A self-published romance writer charged with killing her chef husband in Portland, Oregon, was seen near her husband's work around the time he was fatally shot there, unsealed court documents said.

Boy, 14, missing since weekend found buried on Ohio farm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:37pm

Authorities say the body of a 14-year-old boy reported missing Sunday has been found in a shallow grave on a northeast Ohio farm.

A few things you might have missed from the Mueller report

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:29pm

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report focuses on the seminal questions of whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether the president sought to illegally obstruct the investigation.

Emotional statements from parents, kids in torture case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:21pm

A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to locking up and abusing 12 of their 13 children for years, as well as some of the victims, made their first public comments Friday during an emotion-charged hearing where the parents were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:17pm

An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader.

Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:14pm

Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM.

Fake news? Mueller isn't buying it

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:04pm

President Donald Trump and his team love to deride unfavorable stories as "fake news," but it's clear from Robert Mueller's report that the special counsel isn't buying it.

Louisiana man gets jail time for threatening President Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:57pm

A Louisiana man has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison for making threats against President Donald Trump.

Family: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony recovering

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:54pm

The family of a 5-year-old boy thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America last week says he's "showing real signs of recovery" but remains in intensive care.

The Latest: Justice Dept. calls subpoena 'unnecessary'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:45pm

The Latest on congressional reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller's report (all times local):

Wolf population declining in Yellowstone National Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:25pm

Officials say Yellowstone National Park's gray wolf population has dropped to about 80 wolves — less than half of the highest population mark in the park.

Northern Utah rivers to run full, be 'dangerous' this spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:11pm

Officials say this month's unusually wet, cold weather may lead to flooding and dangerous conditions this spring in northern Utah.

After 2 years of Russia probe drips, are you numb to it all?

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 1:45pm

For two years there's been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet?

Charges at Minnesota cop's trial offer jury range of options

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 1:19pm

When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911, it was catastrophic. But was it murder?

Wife wields piece of firewood to end fight between brothers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 1:12pm

Authorities say a wild squabble between two West Virginia brothers came to an abrupt end when one of their wives cracked her brother-in-law in the head with a log.

Idaho, Utah passengers had possible hepatitis A exposure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 11:50am

Health officials in Idaho say anyone who used an on-board restroom during a Greyhound bus trip from Salt Lake City to Boise on April 10 might have been exposed to hepatitis A.

US authorities issue warning after group stops migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 11:43am

U.S. authorities on Friday warned private groups to avoid policing the border after a string of videos on social media showed armed civilians detaining large groups of Central American families in New Mexico.