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A cold look at slavery now a part of some plantation tours

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:58pm

Ceramic sculptures of hollow-eyed slave children haunt the Whitney Plantation, west of New Orleans, where owner John Cummings has infused the traditional antebellum plantation tour with an unflinching look at human bondage in the Old South.

Watchdog group seeks probe into EPA chief Pruitt's travel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:52pm

An ethics watchdog group filed a complaint asking for an investigation into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's frequent flights to his home state of Oklahoma at taxpayer expense.

US: NKorea launch was an intercontinental ballistic missile

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:42pm

The missile launched Friday by North Korea was an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, the Pentagon said, marking the second time this month Kim Jong Un has demonstrated a theoretical capability of striking a portion of U.S. territory.

No bail reduction in California crash recorded on Instagram

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:42pm

A teenage driver accused of causing a crash that killed her younger sister while livestreaming on Instagram will remain in jail after a California judge on Friday refused to lower bail.

House overwhelmingly backs intelligence bill

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:42pm

The House on Friday strongly backed a sweeping intelligence authorization bill that supports critical national security programs, including those addressing counterterrorism and cyberattacks, and takes a tacit swipe at President Donald Trump.

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Sen. Mike Lee: Senate failed American people in rejecting 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

The U.S. Senate failed the American people in rejecting the so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare, Sen. Mike Lee said Friday. Both he and Sen. Orrin Hatch voted for the legislation that the Senate narrowly voted down late Thursday.

Court lifts order blocking Arkansas abortion pill law

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

An appeals court panel lifted an order Friday blocking restrictions on how the abortion pill is administered in Arkansas, saying a judge didn't estimate how many women would be burdened by the law's requirements.

History buffs celebrate forgotten Revolutionary War general

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

History buffs have one wish on the 275th birthday of a Revolutionary War general: That he'll get the recognition he deserves.

Authorities: Prisoner abducts, kills warden's stepdaughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

Authorities say a prisoner abducted and killed an assistant warden's stepdaughter after he escaped from a Louisiana prison. The inmate was later found dead after a standoff with police.

Activists want broader probe of man shot in back by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

Civil rights activists and clergy in Philadelphia say they want a broader investigation of the fatal police shooting of a black man last month amid conflicting accounts of the killing.

The Latest: Trump arrives in NY to talk immigration, crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's speech on Long Island (all times local):

The Latest: Former Omaha officer's bail set at $25,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

The Latest on a former Omaha police officer charged in the death of a mentally ill man (all times local):

McCain's office says he will return to Arizona to start radiation and chemotherapy; will return to D.C. in September

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:32pm

McCain's office says he will return to Arizona to start radiation and chemotherapy; will return to D.C. in September.

Frat at Missouri sued over alleged near-fatal hazing case

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:21pm

A former University of Missouri student is suing a fraternity and its parent organization over an alleged hazing incident he says left him with near-fatal alcohol poisoning while the frat already was on probation for alcohol infractions.

Trump headed to Long Island to trumpet MS-13 crackdown

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:15pm

President Donald Trump is planning to urge Congress to dedicate more funding to the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime.

Death of child found in car in Wyoming investigated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:15pm

Police in Wyoming are investigating the death of a 4-month-old child found inside a car in Laramie.

Kansas man convicted of rape faces child exploitation charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:12pm

A Kansas man already convicted of raping two women and acquitted in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl won't face additional rape charges, but will stand trial in relation to explicit images of an underage girl that authorities found via his Facebook profile.

Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn

Debra Goldschmidt and Hilary Clarke, CNN  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:07pm

British baby Charlie Gard, who was at the center of a legal battle that captured the world's attention, died Friday, one week before his first birthday, according to a family spokesperson.

83-year-old woman, her son charged in murder-for-hire plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 11:52am

An 83-year-old woman and her 63-year-old son have been charged in a murder-for-hire plot involving his ex-wife, police said Friday.

US hits Iran with more sanctions in response to space launch

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 11:42am

The United States punished Iran on Friday for it launch this week of a satellite-carrying rocket into space by hitting six Iranian entities with sanctions targeting the country's ballistic missiles program.