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APNewsBreak: Man charged in igniting massive Utah wildfire

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:21pm

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

What could happen if Jeff Sessions is pushed out of office?

Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:21pm

President Donald Trump's startlingly public criticism of Jeff Sessions over the last week suggests an effort to pressure the attorney general into resigning with a possible eye toward replacing him and ending the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Latest: Haley urges UN to get serious about Hezbollah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:21pm

The Latest on the visit of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the White House (all times local):

Man dies in series of random attacks near shelter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:13pm

Police say a homeless man was beaten to death and three other people were hurt in a series of random, unprovoked attacks near an overcrowded downtown shelter.

Man pleads guilty to charge arising from anti-Islam event

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:10pm

A South Dakota man charged with making terroristic threats outside an anti-Islam event has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Oklahoma sheriff charged with manslaughter in inmate's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:10pm

An Oklahoma sheriff is among six people facing manslaughter charges in the 2016 death of an inmate found unresponsive after being tied to a chair.

Police: Teen father left newborn in California parking lot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:00pm

A newborn was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after his teenage father abandoned him in a Northern California strip-mall parking lot, police said.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:59pm

Authorities in Texas say they've recovered the bodies of at least three people who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico.

The Latest: Senate panel drops Manafort subpoena

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:51pm

The Latest on probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign (all times local):

Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:47pm

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

Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:41pm

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.

Boat captain leaps into sea to save crew after capsizing

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

A fishing boat captain jumped into cold, choppy waters to save two of his crew members after their vessel capsized off the Alaska coast.

2 photographers arrested on top of 400-foot-tall bridge

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

Two thrill-seeking photographers who climbed to the top of the nearly 400-foot-tall (122-meter-tall) Ben Franklin Bridge were arrested after setting off motion detectors during their middle-of-the-night ascent, officials said.

House decisively passes sanctions bill curbing Trump's power

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:31pm

Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

Sources: Former Trump campaign chair meets with Senate panel

Chad Day and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

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.

Mic captures GOP senator ripping Trump, mocking lawmaker

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

Oh, that dreaded open microphone!

Police: Officers kill man carrying knife, ax in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

Officers fatally shot a man who was making threats as he walked around Virginia's capital city with an ax and a long knife, wearing nothing but a kilt and combat-style boots, police and witnesses said.

Trump message chief willing to 'fire everybody' for leaking

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's prepared to clean house in order to stop the leaks plaguing the administration.

Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire

John Raby and Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering.

Judge says Kobach has shown pattern of misleading court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has demonstrated a pattern of misleading the court about the facts and record in a voting rights case.