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Remains exposed months after New Orleans hotel collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:30pm

A tarp has fallen from the collapse site of an unfinished New Orleans hotel, partially exposing the remains of one of the workers killed in the October accident.

2nd California child molester dies after beating with cane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:16pm

A second convicted child molester has died after he was beaten with a walking cane by another inmate last week at a central California prison, officials said Wednesday.

Former Baltimore lawmaker pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:07pm

A former Maryland state lawmaker pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery and fraud charges after being accused of accepting more than $33,000 in exchange for granting various legislative favors.

Obscure Seattle election offers experiment in online voting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 1:51pm

An election for a volunteer board in the Seattle area is so obscure that voter turnout is typically less than 1%. Officials are giving online voting a trial run this year to try to boost turnout and explore how it might work in a bigger election.

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 1:42pm

A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection.

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:56pm

A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.

Va Senate passes "red flag" gun law over fierce opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:50pm

The Virginia Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, as the state moves closer to joining a growing number of states enacting so-called “red flag” gun laws.

Government: Tax evader in standoff should not be released

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:36pm

A woman who took part in a monthslong standoff with her husband at their home against U.S. marshals in 2007 should not be released from federal prison yet, the U.S. attorney's office said in court documents.

Ex-Grammys CEO says rape allegation 'false and outrageous'

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:29pm

Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said Wednesday that a rape allegation against him aired by his successor in a complaint against the Recording Academy is “false and outrageous.”

Candlelight vigil held for missing Montana teen found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:17pm

A candlelight vigil has been held to honor a Montana teenager who was missing for weeks before her body was found by investigators.

W.Va. inmate who walked out of jail gets 5 additional years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:11pm

An Ohio man who escaped a West Virginia jail and was later caught trying to flee into Mexico was sentenced to five additional years in jail Wednesday.

Man gets probation for stealing WWII dog tags from archives

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:43am

A Virginia National Guard sergeant was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of supervised probation for stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland.

Police: Officers left woman with man accused of killing her

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:29am

Police say a man killed a woman at an Iowa home about an hour after officers went there to check on a domestic dispute but left without making an arrest or removing anyone from the tense scene.

Judge: Canadian tied to extremist group is 'very dangerous'

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:10am

A former Canadian Armed Forces reservist plotted with other members of a white supremacist group to carry out “essentially a paramilitary strike” at a Virginia gun rights rally, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

Teen dead in chimney was missing 2 days before first report

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:46am

An Ohio teenager who police believe got accidentally trapped in the chimney of a vacant home and who was found dead after a three-week search was not reported missing by his family until nearly two days after they last saw him, according to police records.

3 National Guard soldiers convicted in 2017 sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:33am

Three of four National Guard soldiers accused of involvement in a 2017 sexual assault case have pleaded guilty in Kentucky to misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges.

Coroner featured in 'Midnight in the Garden' book dies at 88

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:28am

Dr. James C. Metts Jr., a Savannah physician whose four decades serving as an elected coroner earned him a small part in the bestselling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” has died at age 88.

Judge: Actor awaiting road rage trial can't go to Mexico

Gisela Salomon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:09am

A Florida judge ruled Wednesday that a Mexican actor won't be able to return to his native country while he awaits trial on a charge that he fatally punched a man during a road rage confrontation.

Trump’s trial opens on fast track, Dems arguing for removal

Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker, and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:03am

The U.S. Senate began hearing opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track. First up: Democratic House managers making their case that Trump abused his presidential power and should be removed from office.