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Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution -- for now

Michael Balsamo and Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:46pm

A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus.

Illinois woman faces up to 60-year term in slaying of son, 5

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:01pm

A northern Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of her 5-year-old son faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in state prison when she returns to court on Thursday.

Georgia gov. explicitly voids mask orders in 15 localities

Jeff Amy and Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:56pm

Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp is explicitly banning Georgia's cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places. He voided orders on Wednesday that at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks.

Rapper Kanye West files for Oklahoma presidential ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:43pm

Rap superstar Kanye West has qualified to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot, the first state where he met the requirements before the filing deadline.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp explicitly voids local mask mandates, as other states order face coverings to fight pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:42pm

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp explicitly voids local mask mandates, as other states order face coverings to fight pandemic.

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 6:49pm

President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.

California man sentenced in $6M modern art fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 6:47pm

A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern masters was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison.

Some chosen to design Mississippi flag without rebel symbol

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 6:07pm

A mayor, a former state Supreme Court justice and a community college president are among the people chosen to design a new Mississippi flag to replace one state officials recently retired because it included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist.

ASU, NCAA sued over death of linebacker found to have CTE

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:28pm

The father of a former Arizona State University linebacker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and NCAA, alleging his son’s suicide came during a mental breakdown caused by four concussions he suffered a few years earlier while playing college football.

Man sentenced in death of Nebraska college student

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:26pm

A man was sentenced Wednesday to 71 years to life in prison in the death of a Nebraska college student whose body has never been found.

2 charged in deadly California kidnapping of China citizen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:25pm

Two men were charged Wednesday with kidnapping a Chinese national from a Los Angeles-area shopping mall in a $2 million ransom scheme that went wrong when the victim died from his injuries, authorities said.

Los Angeles in 'dangerous phase' as virus cases surge

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:18pm

Coronavirus cases have surged to record levels in the Los Angeles area, putting the nation’s largest county in “an alarming and dangerous phase” that if not reversed could overwhelm intensive care units and usher in more sweeping closures, health officials said Wednesday.

Virus deaths hit new high in Texas as governor urges masks

Paul J. Weber and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:14pm

Signs in the Texas Panhandle urged voters to wear masks. Polling precincts were already staffed thin because some election workers backed out of the state's primary runoffs, cautious about the coronavirus that socked the rural meatpacking region in May.

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 5:02pm

Clint Bowyer hopped off his pit stand at Bristol Motor Speedway to learn he'd won the fan vote to advance into NASCAR's All-Star race — an announcement met by a roar from the grandstands.

Obama, Biden, Gates, Bezos, Musk's Twitter accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:57pm

Con artists on Wednesday apparently hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in an apparent bitcoin scam.

Ex-officer in Hawaii sentenced for making man lick urinal

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:38pm

A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him to imagine someone doing that to his two young daughters.

Maine to use ranked voting for president after repeal fails

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:14pm

Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in U.S. history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday.

UConn student waives hearing, pleads not guilty to murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:42pm

A 23-year-old University of Connecticut student who is accused of killing two men and committing numerous other crimes while leading authorities on a six-day search, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other charges.

Groups petition for southeast Alaska wolf protections

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:19pm

Conservation groups asked the federal government Wednesday to provide Endangered Species Act protections to a southeast Alaska wolf population they say is under threat from factors including the loss of habitat and hunting and trapping.