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Jumbo airtanker gets approval to fight US wildfires

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:57pm

Federal officials have given a giant airtanker capable of carrying 19,200 gallons (72,700 liters) approval to fight wildfires in the U.S., but a lack of contracts currently limits the aircraft to California and one county in Colorado.

Trump donation first-quarter salary to education

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:57pm

President Donald Trump is donating three months of his salary to the Department of Education.

Things looking up as Los Angeles Zoo unveils baby giraffe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:57pm

Things are looking up at the Los Angeles Zoo, where visitors are getting their first glimpses of a baby giraffe.

Advocate: Fees, loans threaten pardoned brothers' livelihood

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:43pm

Lawyer fees and high-interest loans are threatening the financial futures of two North Carolina brothers who have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for their three decades of wrongful imprisonment, a court-appointed advocate said Wednesday.

Idaho may offer hunters bounties for bad wolves, allow bait

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:37pm

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.

2 Nebraska officers face assault charges in man's death

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:30pm

Two Omaha police officers will face assault charges in the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times and repeatedly punched, even after he was on the ground, a Nebraska prosecutor said Wednesday.

The Latest: Allentown mayor denies corruption charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:30pm

The Latest on the corruption charges of the mayor of Allentown and the former mayor of Reading (all times local):

Outdoor industry flexes political muscle in US land fight

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:21pm

Outdoor recreation industry leaders aren't going quietly as they stage their last trade show in Utah before moving it to Colorado.

Trump gets do-over with youth after panned Boy Scouts speech

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:21pm

President Donald Trump got another chance Wednesday to connect with young people after a widely panned political speech to Boy Scouts this week. But he couldn't part company without bringing up his victory in the presidential election nearly nine months ago.

University professor charged with keying her neighbors' cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:21pm

A Pennsylvania professor known for her expertise on consumer trends has been charged with keying her neighbors' cars.

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17pm

Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 911 caller had not activated their cameras.

Brooks offers to drop out of Senate race to let Sessions run

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17pm

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks offered to withdraw from a Republican Senate primary Wednesday if all other GOP candidates also drop out — an effort Brooks said would pave the way for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the party's Senate nominee this fall.

Flint's water quality improving; 5 resource sites to close

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17pm

Michigan will close five of the nine locations where Flint residents have been getting free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits because the city's water quality is improving.

Small plane crashes on Utah interstate, killing 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17pm

Authorities say four people died when a small plane crashed on a northern Utah interstate median, tangling traffic and leaving blackened wreckage on the highway.

Latest: Mexico works to notify relatives of truck passengers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:12pm

The Latest on the deaths of 10 people whose bodies were found in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio (all times local):

Child killer put to death in first Ohio execution in 3 years

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:02pm

A child killer was put to death with no apparent complications Wednesday in Ohio's first execution since a problem-plagued one 3½ years ago triggered an uproar over the reliability of the lethal injection drugs used by the state.

The Latest: Police union blasts charges against ex-officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:02pm

The Latest on the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times in Nebraska (all times local):

LGBT outrage over Trump ban on transgender military service

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:51pm

Most LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. But with his move Wednesday to ban transgender people from military service, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile.

Arizona man gets 68 years in prison in Nevada standoff case

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:51pm

A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago.

The Latest: Alabama lawmaker makes offer to Sessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:51pm

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