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Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:48pm

Authorities are warning about a rise in virtual kidnappings — where con artists falsely claim to be holding victims' relatives for ransom.

The Latest: US Supreme Court clears way for Ohio execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:48pm

The Latest on a condemned man scheduled for execution in Ohio on Wednesday (all times local):

Official: Firms won't sell execution drugs to Arizona

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:18pm

An Arizona prison official in charge of buying drugs to carry out the death penalty testified Tuesday in a media lawsuit over access to execution information that pharmaceutical companies will no longer sell drugs to carry out the punishment.

Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman and Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:18pm

The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer award coveted grant money to cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Alaska man says boat attacked by orca whale

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:41pm

An Alaska man says his boat was attacked by an orca during a fishing excursion with his 14-year-old son and two other people.

Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:30pm

The maverick stood with his party on Tuesday, casting a crucial vote in the Republican drive to repeal "Obamacare." But then, like an angry prophet, Sen. John McCain condemned the tribal politics besetting the nation.

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:11pm

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

Trump ex-campaign chair talks with Senate investigators

Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:11pm

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview.

Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:11pm

A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida police officer wounded, suspect killed in shootout

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:11pm

Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a bank robbery suspect who shot him in the face as the two exchanged fire after a car chase.

10 white caskets and memories: Funeral honors flood victims

Anita Snow and Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:11pm

To the strains of "Ave Maria," more than 1,000 people said goodbye Tuesday to 10 members of an extended family who lost their lives in a flash flood while celebrating a birthday in Arizona.

At least 3 drown trying to cross Rio Grande; 7 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:01pm

The bodies of at least three people were recovered Tuesday after they drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico, federal and El Paso officials said.

Texas Senate again OKs 'bathroom bill' over police criticism

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:57pm

A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again passed the state Senate on Tuesday over opposition from police and major corporations, but still faces an uncertain path to becoming law.

The Latest: Texas Senate passes revived 'bathroom bill'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:51pm

The Latest on a revived "bathroom bill" nearing passage in the Texas Senate (all times local):

Official: Driver in smuggling attempt part of larger group

Frank Bajak, Nomaan Merchant and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:46pm

Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is just one member of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that they are looking to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official said Tuesday.

Wildlife officials investigate video of boat dragging shark

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:46pm

Florida wildlife officials are investigating after a video of men dragging a shark behind a speeding boat went viral on several social media sites.

Is the covert CIA program to arm Syrian rebels still secret?

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:41pm

President Donald Trump seemed to blow the lid on the cancellation of a covert CIA program in Syria when he tweeted about it this week. But, intelligence agencies still won't talk about it.

The Latest: Trump cranks up heat on Sessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:36pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:31pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that supporting Syrian refugees as close to their home as possible is the best way to help them.

Man charged in igniting massive Brian Head wildfire

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:26pm

Utah prosecutors have charged a man accused of accidentally sparking a massive wildfire that forced some 1,500 people from their homes last month and cost about $34 million to fight.