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GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:13pm

A Republican senator has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

Advocacy group sues over Illinois gun dealer oversight law

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:12pm

The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands state oversight of firearm dealers places "onerous restrictions" that could drive many out of business, officials with the advocacy group announced Wednesday.

Police identify man killed by officer in Salt Lake shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:55pm

Authorities have identified the man killed by a police officer during a shootout at a Salt Lake City apartment complex on Monday.

Demise of key nuclear pact looms as US, Russia meet

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:43pm

The Trump administration is demanding that Russia comply with arms control treaties as the formal demise of a key Cold War-era nuclear pact looms in just two weeks.

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:39pm

In a significant break with a longtime NATO ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program.

Driver suffers minor injuries when car slides under truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:29pm

Fire officials say they are amazed that a driver wasn't seriously hurt when his vehicle slid under a tractor-trailer in Massachusetts.

Cat with firecrackers strapped to paw has leg amputated

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:19pm

An animal rescue group in Pittsburgh says someone strapped firecrackers to a cat's front left paw with rubber bands and set them off, causing such severe injuries the animal's leg had to be amputated.

Florida dad says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:19pm

A 37-year-old Florida man is accused of throwing his 5-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean and then doing back flips off a city pier as the boy struggled in the water.

The Latest: Lawyer says El Chapo disappointed with trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:17pm

The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local):

New school funding suit challenges kindergarten fees

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 12:09pm

A former Idaho Supreme Court justice has filed another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of school fees.

House set to block maverick Dem's Trump impeachment effort

Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:49am

The House prepared Wednesday to easily derail a maverick Democrat's drive to impeach President Donald Trump, an effort that party leaders consider a premature exercise that needlessly forces vulnerable swing-district lawmakers to cast a perilous and divisive vote.

Nuclear weapons waste compacted, shipped out of Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:44am

Radioactive waste shipped to Idaho from a Midwestern nuclear weapons facility during the Cold War has been compacted and sent out of state for permanent disposal.

Massive beehive removed from Idaho State University arch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:03am

Beekeepers and maintenance workers have removed roughly 30,000 bees that built a massive hive inside an Idaho State University campus landmark.

Candidate backtracks after saying office is 'a man's job'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:58am

A Democratic man running for office in Mississippi says he wasn't criticizing all women — just one — when he said being county supervisor is "a man's job."

Former St. Louis officer accused of assaulting protesters

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:48am

A former St. Louis police officer has been charged with three felony counts of third-degree assault accusing him of pepper-spraying protesters and a videographer in 2017.

Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone

Michael Scaturro, CNN Business  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:46am

Elon Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, claiming the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries.

A year after tragedy, Branson debates future of duck boats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:42am

One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic of debate.

Stevens to be 13th Supreme Court justice buried at Arlington

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:34am

Arlington National Cemetery has long been planned as the final resting place of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. His second wife Maryan died in 2015 and was buried at the cemetery. The gravestone they will share has stood at Arlington, inscribed with both their names, since then. Stevens' birthdate — April 20, 1920 — was chiseled on the stone, a blank space left for the date of his death.

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:30am

The founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers, investigators allege.

Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:28am

Federal prosecutors say a "hate crime motivation" should result in stricter sentences for three members of a white supremacist group who pleaded guilty to attacking counterprotesters at a rally in Virginia for far-right extremists.