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Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

Zeke Miller and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:54pm

A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs — found that he and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit.

Government: Wild red wolf population could soon be wiped out

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:54pm

The only wild population of endangered red wolves is unsustainable and could be wiped out within years after dwindling to a few dozen, government officials said in a report Tuesday.

Governor to allow road signs pointing out national monument

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:54pm

Road signs directing motorists to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are going to be installed — eventually — now that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has relented in his opposition to the signs on Interstate 95 and state roads leading to the Mount Katahdin region.

Affidavit: Suspects bragged about abducting Oklahoma teens

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:52pm

Suspects in the 1999 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the abduction of their 16-year-old daughter and her friend "bragged" about photographing the girls while they were bound, according to a court affidavit that outlines accusations against the only suspect who's still alive.

Study: Imbalance growing on police referrals of black pupils

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:52pm

Black students are suspended from school, expelled and referred to law enforcement much more frequently than their white peers and the disparities are growing, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

Georgia woman admits false threats against daycare centers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:48pm

A Georgia woman has admitted making false threats to blow up daycare centers.

Auditor's handling of whistleblower's claims is criticized

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:46pm

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's opponent in the state attorney general's race said Tuesday that Yost should immediately have referred to authorities a whistleblower's allegations that the state's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures.

2 slain sheriff's deputies laid to rest in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:42pm

Two Florida sheriff's deputies who were gunned down at a Chinese restaurant last week have been laid to rest.

The Latest: Watchdog: VA nominee Jackson was unprofessional

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:40pm

The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local):

California man convicted of torture deaths of 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:36pm

A jury in Northern California convicted a 20-year-old man of torturing, starving and beating two children whose bodies were found in a storage unit.

Alleged drug-ring leader brought from Colombia to US court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:35pm

Authorities say the alleged leader of a homicidal drug ring that imported tons of cocaine from Colombia into the U.S. has been brought to New York to face charges.

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out

Melissa Daniels, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:32pm

Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections.

Idaho police arrest woman suspected in aggravated assault, hit and run incidents

Idaho State Journal Staff  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:32pm

Idaho Falls police announced Monday that they were able to take a 39-year-old woman into custody and verify that her 4-year-old boy was safe.

Police: Woman broke into rival's home, killed her, then self

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:31pm

Authorities say a woman broke into the Philadelphia-area home of another woman she believed was romantically involved with her husband and killed the victim before killing herself.

APNewsBreak: 2012 inspector general report suggested removing VA nominee Ronny Jackson and rival from White House roles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:30pm

APNewsBreak: 2012 inspector general report suggested removing VA nominee Ronny Jackson and rival from White House roles.

APNewsBreak: Watchdog report: VA nominee, in power struggle with rival doctor, exhibited 'unprofessional behaviors'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:28pm

APNewsBreak: Watchdog report: VA nominee, in power struggle with rival doctor, exhibited 'unprofessional behaviors'

Yemenis protest ban in advance of supreme court arguments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:17pm

Yemeni Americans in New York are speaking out against a U.S. travel ban as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether it should be upheld.

Police: Man in Arkansas shooting held ex-wife at gunpoint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:17pm

Police assembled outside a northeast Arkansas Walmart where a man was later killed after an employee texted her mother saying she expected problems with her ex-husband, who she assumed would be armed.

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Police: Co-worker called Waffle House suspect 'paranoid'

Sheila Burke and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:16pm

The suspect in Sunday's killings at a Tennessee Waffle House once lived in Colorado, where police say a co-worker described him as being paranoid and delusional at times. The co-worker also told a detective the man was infatuated with Taylor Swift and claimed to be a sovereign citizen.

Senate votes to confirm Trump nominee for US appeals court

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:11pm

The Senate has voted 50-47 to confirm one of President Donald Trump's nominees to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.