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Indiana State University group to honor Jamal Khashoggi

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:43pm

A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Arkansas lawmakers eye more abortion restriction next year

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:35pm

Arkansas' predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state's past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights.

Trump says budget director Mick Mulvaney will serve as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly in new year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:23pm

Trump says budget director Mick Mulvaney will serve as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly in new year.

The Latest: Slain US student told friend of roommate threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:21pm

The Latest on an American student who was stabbed in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam (all times local):

Saudi man who attended terrorist training pleads to fraud

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

A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded guilty in an Oklahoma City federal court to fraud for failing to disclose that he attended an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Afghanistan before entering the U.S.

California chief justice gives up Republican Party label

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:15pm

The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S.

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:13pm

A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador.

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

Scott Bauer, David Eggert and Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:09pm

Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing measures protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month.

Cow steals spotlight at student's graduation photo shoot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 3:03pm

University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

Utah senator says he regrets 'irresponsible' Trump remarks

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:33pm

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is backtracking after saying that he wasn't concerned that prosecutors implicated President Donald Trump in a crime.

State lawmakers urge clemency for woman convicted as teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:17pm

Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to grant clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

North Carolina governor vetoes latest voter ID legislation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:13pm

North Carolina's governor has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum.

Judge orders Idaho to give transgender inmate gender surgery

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:50pm

A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.

Trump former staff chief on track to join Navy Reserve

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:48pm

The Pentagon says President Donald Trump's former chief of staff is on track to join the Navy Reserve, buoyed by a recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Democrat files subpoena for Kentucky House Speaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:47pm

A Democrat whose one-vote victory for a Kentucky House seat is being challenged by his Republican rival has filed a subpoena for the incoming GOP House speaker.

Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017

Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:45pm

The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, according to a new Justice Department report released Friday.

Vandals decapitate snowman, then come back to apologize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:43pm

Vandals decapitated a snowman outside a Milwaukee home, and perhaps the holiday spirit motivated them to make amends.

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air law in Fairbanks

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:37pm

Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for a fourth time, claiming the agency has not enforced federal clean air law around Alaska's second largest city.

Steps taken to address Walter Reed shooting alert error

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:36pm

Navy officials are taking steps to correct deficiencies that wrongly led to reports of an active shooter last month at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington, two congressmen briefed by Navy officials said Friday.