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Man who claims prosecutors withheld evidence set to be freed

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:36pm

A Louisiana judge on Monday ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding "staggering" evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing two decades ago.

3rd man guilty in beating of black man in Charlottesville

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:34pm

A third man has been found guilty in the beating of a black man who was left severely injured the day of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:29pm

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.

California prosecutor opposes new DNA test in 1983 murders

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:28pm

California prosecutors on Monday opposed new DNA testing in an infamous 35-year-old murder case, saying previous tests showed the right man is on death row.

Professor convicted after NRA lobbyist's home is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:20pm

A sociology professor from Nebraska accused of spraying fake blood on the steps of the Virginia home of a National Rifle Association lobbyist has been convicted of misdemeanor destruction of property.

Activists face charges over piglets stolen from Utah farm

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:11pm

Five animal rights activists are facing more than 60 years in prison over allegations they took piglets from a farm in southern Utah.

California may expand gun violence restraining order law

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:04pm

California lawmakers took steps Monday to let school employees ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from potentially dangerous people in the wake of a mass school shooting in Texas.

FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

Desmond Butler and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:04pm

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced Monday that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

Witnesses: Frantic effort to save officer who was run over

David McFadden and Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:02pm

Rifle-toting police swarmed into a Baltimore suburb where a female officer was fatally injured Monday, searching for suspects believed to be armed after witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep.

New asylum hearing ordered for Mexican journalist held in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:59pm

A new asylum hearing has been ordered for an award-winning Mexican journalist detained in a remote Texas immigration facility.

2 indicted in case of Louisiana teen found dead in swamp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:58pm

Two people have been indicted in connection to the death of a Louisiana teen whose body was found in a swamp.

Tennessee Gov.: Sanctuary bill to become law sans signature

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:50pm

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he will let a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature after complaining that it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

Man charged after California blast held without bail

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:46pm

A Southern California man who was arrested on an explosives charge after a blast killed his former girlfriend last week at her day spa was ordered held without bail at a court appearance Monday.

Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:36pm

President Donald Trump dined Monday evening with Republican governors supportive of his immigration policies to discuss plans for border security and deporting people in the U.S. illegally.

Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:32pm

A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:30pm

Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved.

Mississippi woman sentenced in murder-for-hire scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:30pm

A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison after admitting she tried to hire a hit man to kill her half brother so she could collect from his life-insurance policy.

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

Will Weissert and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:24pm

Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association's annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor's re-election website was raffling off a shotgun.

Crews find wreckage of small plane that crashed in Vermont

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:23pm

Search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the woods on Bald Mountain in Vermont's Green Mountains, killing the pilot.

Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:14pm

Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their midterm campaign agenda, with proposals to beef up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance.