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Judge appoints brain experts in case of slain Muslim teen

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:28pm

A judge on Thursday appointed two brain experts to evaluate a man facing the death penalty in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl last year, despite the objections of a prosecutor who derided the requests as "neuro-witchcraft."

Court: School can let trans students use bathroom of choice

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:26pm

A Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday.

Senate approves sexual harassment bill for Congress

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:23pm

The Senate gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

Worker breaks down describing restaurant crash in 911 call

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:21pm

A worker at a North Carolina restaurant where a man drove through the front wall, killing two family members, broke down when she recognized the driver.

Man convicted of kidnapping woman who escaped from car trunk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:18pm

A man has been convicted of kidnapping an Alabama woman who later escaped by jumping from the trunk of a moving car.

Herbert open to gun reform, criticizes NRA tactics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:14pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a former member of the National Rifle Association, said Thursday he is open to changing the state's gun laws as part of a broader strategy intended to prevent violence at schools.

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:14pm

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:11pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday inducted a new member into "the world's most exclusive club of heroes" by awarding a Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.

The Latest: South Korea 'very perplexed' by Trump's decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:09pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local):

Vet who survived wartime accident that killed son dies at 93

Chris Carola, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:01pm

Lawrence Reilly Sr. barely survived the 1969 collision that sent half of the USS Frank E. Evans to the bottom of the South China Sea with his namesake son and 73 other shipmates trapped inside. The father spent the last years of his life unsuccessfully trying to convince the Pentagon to add those 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Official: Review finds 4,900 untested rape kits in Missouri

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:54pm

There are close to 4,900 untested rape kits in Missouri, and that number likely is low because some agencies couldn't say exactly how many kits they have, according to a review by the state attorney general's office.

The Latest: 2nd briefing on Russia probe wraps up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:53pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:49pm

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday huddled in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign.

Plaque shows landmark status for civil rights leaders' home

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:41pm

The National Park Service has unveiled a bronze plaque showing that the Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers is a national historic landmark.

San Francisco police not charged in black man's 2015 killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:33pm

San Francisco prosecutors said Thursday that they will not charge officers in two shooting deaths, including the killing of a black man that led to citywide protests three years ago and federally recommended police reforms.

Prosecutors add lewd conduct claims to tortured kids case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:27pm

Prosecutors have added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:19pm

Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday during a legislative hearing.

Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:18pm

Victims of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are suing the federal government.

Trial underway for refugee who challenged NSA surveillance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:14pm

The trial of a refugee from Uzbekistan charged with conspiring to support a terrorist group and making plans to join the organization is underway in Denver.

Man accused of slaying grandparents, uncle pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:14pm

A Kentucky man accused of fatally shooting his grandparents and uncle has pleaded not guilty.