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Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'

Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:16pm

President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russia investigation as "spygate," part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency almost since the start.

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US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:14pm

A U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the State Department said Wednesday, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill.

The Latest: Witnesses, officers describe Vegas shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:12pm

The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):

Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:12pm

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal Wednesday from a 37-year-old Rio Grande Valley man on death row for stabbing and beheading his common-law wife's three children 15 years ago.

Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:12pm

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a permanent security clearance, allowing him access to the nation's most closely held secrets, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Emergency call: 'I got attacked by a mountain lion'

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:09pm

Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was — and how worried he was about his friend.

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:07pm

Leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia "gang of gangs" were charged Wednesday with running a government-like operation to control drug trafficking from inside Los Angeles County jails that included ordering violence against those who didn't obey.

Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:04pm

A judge on Wednesday sentenced a well-connected Atlanta attorney to life in prison with the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his business executive wife.

Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

Matthew Lee and Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:04pm

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he's "very hopeful" that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won't be reassured by U.S. demands for "rapid denuclearization."

Texas governor meets with gun groups after school shooting

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:04pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott met Wednesday with representatives of a gun-control group and the Texas State Rifle Association for more discussions about school safety after the shooting that killed 10 people near Houston.

Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:02pm

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views.

DA: Police didn't respond to Milwaukee murder suspect's call

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:02pm

A Milwaukee man accused of killing a teenager with a hammer and knife — and later burning the body — called police during the attack to make it seem like someone broke into the house, but officers never arrived, prosecutors said in court documents Wednesday.

Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as 'animals'

Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:00pm

Describing gang violence inflicted by MS-13 members in chilling and gruesome detail, President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to make "radical" changes to U.S. aid practices by withholding government assistance from countries whose criminals infiltrate the United States.

Girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:57pm

A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:56pm

A convicted Illinois killer was found guilty Wednesday of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago.

Tennessee Parole Board divided over release in murder case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:54pm

A six-member Tennessee Board of Parole is divided on whether to release a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

87-year-old pilot dies after small plane crash in Missouri

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:54pm

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 87-year-old man died after a small plane he was piloting crashed at a southwest Missouri golf course.

Feds charge California man, 2 gamers in deadly hoax call

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:51pm

Federal prosecutors have indicted two online gamers and the California man accused of making the hoax calls that led a police officer to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas.

Police release 2,100 pages of Las Vegas shooting documents

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:49pm

Police in Las Vegas released documents Wednesday that they said contain dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Lawyer: Illinois shooting suspect's mother legally owned gun

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:48pm

The lawyer for a 19-year-old charged with firing shots at an Illinois high school during graduation rehearsal says that his mother legally owned the gun he's accused of using.