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Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years after fight over drugs

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:58pm

Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection.

Maine AG wins in biggest test of ranked-choice voting in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:58pm

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills has won the gubernatorial Democratic primary under Maine's new ranked-choice voting method, the nation's biggest test of the system.

Guatemalan man recalls fear, agony of separation from child

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:54pm

Three-year-old Genesis Gonzalez Lopez giggled excitedly as she played with her father at a sunny Utah park, zipping down a slide again and again into his arms.

Judge disputes California aimed to hinder border enforcement

Sudhin Thanawala and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:46pm

A U.S. judge said Wednesday that he was not convinced California enacted protections for immigrants in the country illegally in an effort to interfere with federal immigration enforcement — potentially undercutting a key argument by the Trump administration in its lawsuit seeking to block three state laws.

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Jill Colvin and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:44pm

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Navajo man fights ruling disqualifying him from Utah ballot

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:44pm

A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

House struggles to unite behind bills to stem border crisis

Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:38pm

Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, prompting President Donald Trump to take executive action Wednesday to stem the crisis of family separations at the border.

Utah lawmakers planning new effort on gun control bill

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:36pm

A group of Utah lawmakers on Wednesday proposed allowing police to temporarily confiscate guns from people deemed to be a threat to the public and increasing mental health services available at schools as ways to prevent campus violence.

Bear suspected in missing Alaska hiker's death

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:35pm

A missing hiker was found dead Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a bear outside of Alaska's largest city.

Columbus ship replica damaged by Hurricane Harvey for sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:30pm

A coastal Texas city is selling a replica of one of the three ships that Christopher Columbus used to reach the New World. Buyer beware, though, as it suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey.

Heavy rains bring floods to areas of Texas hit by Harvey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:28pm

Heavy rains along the Texas coast have caused flooding in areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey less than a year ago.

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:26pm

A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies."

The Latest: Red Cross opens shelter in Texas after flooding

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:16pm

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Utah legislators, county leaders to meet with Trump administration

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:13pm

Several dozen Utah legislators and county commissioners will meet Friday with Trump administration officials in Washington, D.C., for what House Speaker Greg Hughes says is more than a photo op.

Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:10pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio learned Wednesday that 239 migrant children separated from their parents by federal immigration officials are being cared for in Harlem.

LAPD releases first body-cam footage after in-custody death

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:04pm

Los Angeles police released body-camera video on Wednesday showing a bizarre two-hour standoff with a man who inhaled automotive fluid, offered officers a flower and then picked up a metal pipe before he was shot with a bean bag shotgun and stun gun and ultimately died in police custody.

Desperate 911 call played in notorious California abuse case

Amy Taxin and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:58pm

In a plea to a police dispatcher to "help my sisters," a 17-year-old girl in a childlike, quivering voice detailed years of abuse she and 12 siblings suffered in a house where she said they were shackled to beds, choked and went unbathed so long the stench was suffocating.

The Latest: Justice Dept. calls executive order 'stopgap'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:56pm

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Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:53pm

A Wisconsin game warden was smarter than the average bear.