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Fire that gutted church ruled arson; motive sought

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

Authorities say a fire that gutted an eastern Pennsylvania church was deliberately set, but the motive for the arson is still under investigation.

The Latest: House arrest, monitoring for arrested sheriff

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 2:38pm

The Latest on the indictment of a South Carolina sheriff (all times local):

Prosecutors: Texas couple filmed sex abuse of dozens of kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 2:37pm

A Texas couple have been sentenced to 60 years in prison each for child sex abuse and pornography in a case that prosecutors say involves more than two dozen children, including babies.

Public defender asks to no longer represent Florida massacre suspect as he is set to receive $400K insurance payment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 2:37pm

Public defender asks to no longer represent Florida massacre suspect as he is set to receive $400K insurance payment.

'Kai the Hitchhiker' convicted of killing elderly man

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

A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a New Jersey man almost six years ago.

Ex-State Department worker pleads guilty in China spy case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 2:07pm

A former State Department employee who held top-secret clearance has pleading guilty to lying to investigators about her contacts with Chinese intelligence agents.

Acting Baltimore mayor settles in as Pugh stays out of sight

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 2:04pm

When Bernard "Jack" Young automatically became Baltimore's acting mayor earlier this month, he emphasized that he'd act only as a "placeholder" for the elected mayor as she departed on a leave of absence amid an accelerating scandal focused on her self-published children's books.

The Latest: Court wonders if it can rule on Manson cult case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:57pm

The Latest on whether Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten should get parole (all times local):

The Latest: Lawmakers combine 2 California housing bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:56pm

The Latest on a California proposal for denser housing near transit and jobs (all times local):

The Latest: Police clarify suspect sketch in girls' killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:39pm

The Latest on the investigation into the 2017 killings of two northern Indiana girls (all times local):

Former DHS head took up cyber despite White House aversion

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:34pm

A top White House official told Kirstjen Nielsen, then Homeland Security secretary, not to bring up election security with President Donald Trump, steering her away from discussing a critical national security threat with a president who bristles at suggestions that Russian interference contributed to his 2016 victory, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Suddenly, Trump's team hearts the Mueller report

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:27pm

After denouncing the special counsel's Russia investigation throughout its nearly two-year history, President Donald Trump greeted its conclusion with choice words: "the Crazy Mueller Report," ''written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters," containing "total bullshit."

Oscars amend a few rules but not for Netflix

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:11pm

The Oscars have tweaked a few rules, but not any that would limit the eligibility of Netflix films at the Academy Awards.

Lawyer: Man accused in mob boss killing is 'optimistic'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 1:01pm

The lawyer for a man accused of killing the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family says his client is "very optimistic" and "very upbeat."

Police find what they believe is the body of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who went missing and charge his parents

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 12:58pm

Police find what they believe is the body of a 5-year-old Illinois boy who went missing and charge his parents.

3 Alabama men went viral after seeing a widow eating alone and inviting her to sit with them

Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN  |  Posted Apr 24th - 12:46pm

Jamario Howard was sitting with his friends Jamychol and Tae at a barbecue joint in Oxford, Alabama, waiting for food, when he noticed an elderly woman sitting alone.

Iranian minister makes public prisoner swap offer to US

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 12:41pm

Iran's top diplomat on Wednesday made public an offer to the U.S. government for a prisoner swap that he said he made six months ago.

US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 12:39pm

U.S. measles cases in 2019 have climbed to their highest level in 25 years in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 12:38pm

A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left off the panel.