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Tire off van strikes windshield of car; kills car's driver

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:11pm

Authorities say a tire came off a van, crashed through the windshield of a car and killed the car's driver on an interstate in southwestern Ohio.

McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:07pm

In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote.

NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:57pm

An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat.

Indiana man arraigned in 1988 killing of 8-year-old girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:55pm

An Indiana man charged in the 1988 rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl has been arraigned in her slaying.

Ex-prison warden wins suit over violence by inmates, guards

Tom Foreman Jr. and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:55pm

A federal jury on Thursday rejected claims the former warden of one of North Carolina's most dangerous prisons bore responsibility for life-threatening threats posed by inmates and even guards in the gang-infested lockup.

Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot to plead guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:54pm

Prosecutors say an al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist intends to plead guilty to terrorism charges in Philadelphia.

Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans

Zeke Miller, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:51pm

President Donald Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election in exchange for permitting Russia to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, the White House said Thursday.

Burned items led to Indiana woman's buried body in Minnesota

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:49pm

Burned items in a fire pit eventually led investigators to a shallow grave in northern Minnesota containing the wrapped and bound body of a missing Indiana woman, according to a murder charge against the woman's boyfriend.

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Police: 4 horses dead in Payette in pasture with no water

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:47pm

Authorities in west-central Idaho say they're investigating after finding four dead horses in a pasture with an empty water trough.

Police: 3 Fort Worth bank employees shot, 2 suspects sought

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:37pm

Police searched for two armed suspects after three North Texas bank employees were shot Thursday morning but were expected to survive.

Marcia Chambers, former AP and Times reporter, dies at 78

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:37pm

Marcia Chambers, a reporter who covered high-profile crimes for The Associated Press and The New York Times, wrote a book about discrimination by golf clubs and later in life founded an online news site covering her Connecticut hometown, has died. She was 78.

Detroit business owner spits on black man in parking dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:35pm

A parking dispute at a social justice gathering in Detroit ended with a white business owner spitting on a black security guard.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:28pm

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm.

Trump aide gives ambiguous comments on election interference

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:27pm

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday she has not seen evidence that the Russians meddled in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump, countering the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment.

The Latest: Asbestos found around NYC pipe that exploded

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:24pm

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EPA watchdog urges agency to strengthen oversight of state drinking water systems after lead crisis in Flint, Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:24pm

EPA watchdog urges agency to strengthen oversight of state drinking water systems after lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.

The Latest: Ex-prison head wins lawsuit over lockup violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:23pm

The Latest on a prison inmate's lawsuit claiming a former warden should bear responsibility for violent conditions behind bars (all times local):

Scout leader drowns rescuing boy in Utah pond

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:15pm

A 22-year-old Boy Scout leader drowned after saving a boy who was struggling as he practiced swimming in a Utah pond, police said Thursday.

Hawaii businesses seek lava viewing site to reignite tourism

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:07pm

Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.

The Latest: Trump 'disagrees' with Russia interview offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:04pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russia (all times local):