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Senate votes to confirm Iowa governor as ambassador to China

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:26pm

The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor's office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing.

6-year-old's plea to end violence goes viral

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:20pm

A 6-year-old St. Louis boy's plea for an end to violence has been viewed by tens of thousands of people.

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Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied

Chad Day and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14pm

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling. Then a top House Democrat cited new evidence he said appeared to show Flynn lied on a security clearance background check.

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Trump budget promises balance in decade, relies on deep cuts

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14pm

President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within a decade by making sharp cuts to social safety-net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and offering optimistic estimates of economic growth and tax revenues to fulfill the promise of a government back in the black.

The Latest: Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14pm

The Latest on the Senate vote on China ambassador (all times local):

Teacher suspended after students' racially charged remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:10pm

A North Carolina teacher was suspended after a review found that students frequently joked about Nazis and the Holocaust and a white student told a black classmate that he should name his children "Crackhead and Convict."

The Latest: House oversight panel postpones Russia hearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:10pm

The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local):

The Latest: 1 bullet found in suicide attempt turned killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:10pm

The Latest on a man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend while trying to kill himself (all times local):

Ohio girl pleads 'true' to lesser charge in dad's slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:08pm

A 15-year-old Ohio girl charged in the fatal shooting of her sleeping father has pleaded "true" to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter Monday.

Police: Man wearing fedora, mask over eyes breaks into home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:00pm

Police in New Jersey are trying to track down a burglar who wore a fedora and thin mask over his eyes when he broke into a home.

Authorities: Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:00pm

Authorities: Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese.

Wyoming's snowpack increases over last week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:55pm

The late spring snowstorm that hit Wyoming last week has boosted the state's snowpack.

New Jersey Assembly votes to regulate daily fantasy sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:54pm

New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly on Monday approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports.

US: Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed visas last year

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:50pm

Nearly 740,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Monday, detailing a crucial but often overlooked contributor to the number of people in the country illegally.

Small sinkhole opens outside Trump's Florida getaway club

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:50pm

A small sinkhole has opened on the road just outside President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Prosecutor: Too early to call school stabbing a hate crime

Jessica Gresko and Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:48pm

Authorities appealed for patience Monday from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black Bowie State University student.

Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for calling for lynching

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:13pm

A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states.

Second lawsuit says Kentucky police framed person for murder

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:01pm

A Tennessee man says he spent five years in jail for a murder he did not commit because authorities framed him so they could protect another man who had bribed the sheriff and was related by marriage to a State Police detective.

No bail for suspect in city's 1st murder in nearly a century

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:00pm

A suspect in the first murder in Vermont's capital city in nearly a century pleaded not guilty Monday and was ordered held without bail.