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Redactions heavier on Russian meddling than on obstruction

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:07pm

Across nearly 450 pages, blocks of black interrupt parts of Robert Mueller's careful, dry narrative recounting Russian election meddling and President Donald Trump's fear and ire. Most often, the Justice Department redactions mask a few words or paragraphs. In a few spots, they stretch for an entire page.

Trial set for woman charged in students' bus stop deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:54pm

A judge has set a trial date for a northern Indiana woman accused of striking and killing three children with a pickup truck as they crossed a highway to board a school bus.

A beleaguered Trump feared 'the end of my presidency'

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:37pm

At the moment two years ago when Donald Trump learned a special counsel had been appointed to investigate his campaign and Russia, the president responded with profane fury — and something resembling panic.

Appeals court backs California laws to protect immigrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:37pm

A federal appeals court on Thursday kept in place three California laws intended to protect immigrants, continuing the state's efforts to be a national leader in opposing Trump administration policies.

Utah agrees to delay implementation of 18-week abortion ban

Lindsay Whitehurst and Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:33pm

Utah state officials have agreed to delay the implementation of a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation to allow a legal challenge to play out in the courts.

Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee

Adrian Sainz and Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:27pm

Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids.

Was Trump trying to silence Cohen? Mueller wasn't sure

Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:11pm

Days after the FBI raided Michael Cohen's home and office last year, President Donald Trump called his longtime fixer and urged him to "stay strong" and "hang in there" in the face of the intensifying investigation.

Authorities: Deadly Illinois trailer fire intentionally set

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:03pm

Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set.

Utah man sentenced to life in prison for death of toddler

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:56pm

A Utah man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Report: Avenatti met R. Kelly prosecutor Foxx at O'Hare

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:54pm

Phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with attorney Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, including by meeting Avenatti during a layover at O'Hare International Airport.

Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Elaine Ganley and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:44pm

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

Idaho, Forest Service partner to plant trees on private land

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:33pm

Money generated from an Idaho partnership with the U.S. Forest Service involving timber sales on federal land is being used for the first time on private land for wildfire restoration work.

Prosecutor wants suspect in fatal SC police ambush evaluated

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:31pm

A South Carolina prosecutor wants a judge to order a mental health evaluation for the man accused of ambushing several officers as they approached an upscale home to question a man in a child sex assault case.

US awards $350M in research funds to fight opioid epidemic

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:27pm

U.S. health officials are giving $350 million to researchers in four states hit hardest by the deadly opioid epidemic.

Suspect dead after shooting that injured police officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:26pm

A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer was shot and injured at his Lewiston home Wednesday and the suspect was killed in a police shooting a short time later.

Associate warden, 2 guards at county jail indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:25pm

An associate warden and two corrections officers at a troubled county jail in Cleveland have been indicted less than two weeks after five other guards were charged with various offenses.

Ohio patient death settlement offers called 'unreasonable'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:20pm

Lawyers representing patients who died after an intensive care doctor allegedly ordered them excessive doses of painkillers are calling settlement offers by an Ohio hospital system unreasonable.

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:13pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick.

3-year sentence for faking her kidnapping to get $4,500

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:08pm

A Louisiana woman was sentenced Thursday to three years and five months in prison for faking her own kidnapping and sending her ex-boss texts demanding $4,500 in ransom — a plot foiled by FBI agents who found her in Jackson, Mississippi, along with the phone she used to threaten her own life.

Legislation overhauls Maryland medical network's board

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:01pm

Maryland's governor signed fast-tracked legislation Thursday to overhaul a major medical network's board of directors following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements involving board members, including Baltimore's mayor.