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Victims of California serial killer, rapist voice relief

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:07pm

Jane Carson-Sandler's morning in 1976 turned from innocence to terror when a masked man broke into her home and entered the bedroom where she lay snuggled with her 3-year-old son.

3 days after fatal shootings, Tennessee Waffle House reopens

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:01pm

The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant's sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain.

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Ex-cop arrested in sadistic crime spree from '70s and '80s

Don Thompson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:59pm

A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California's most feared serial killers and rapists in the 1970s and '80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators for more than three decades.

Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:55pm

A prisoner on Texas death row for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

Suspect in serial killings lived suburban California life

Paul Elias and Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:53pm

The man who authorities said Wednesday is among the worst serial killers and rapists in U.S. history is a 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran, former police officer and grandfather who lived in a tidy, suburban California home with a neatly kept green lawn.

Illinois Democrats' plan to override gun dealer veto fizzles

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:53pm

Illinois Democrats' hopes of overriding a veto of firearms-dealer licensing fizzled Wednesday, swamped by the inaction of a Senate and House afraid to take the vote without cover from the other.

Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:47pm

A man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said.

'Show us your face.' Late author hunted Golden State Killer

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:47pm

"You did it, Michelle."

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 at party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:44pm

The Latest on the execution of Erick Davila in Texas (all times local):

Florida Republicans may be forced to act on voting rights

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:43pm

Confronted with a federal judge's looming deadline, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called an extraordinary late-night meeting of top state officials Wednesday to decide what to do about the state's process for restoring voting rights to former prisoners.

Texas executes man for killing 2 in gang-related shooting at child's birthday party in 2008

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:41pm

Texas executes man for killing 2 in gang-related shooting at child's birthday party in 2008.

NYC will add firefighter who died in 1935 to memorial wall

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:38pm

New York City will add the name of a firefighter who died in 1935 to the Fire Department of New York's memorial wall, the city's law department said Wednesday, ending a year-long struggle by his descendants who insisted his death was due to an injury he suffered while battling a blaze.

Arizona unites to care for, feed kids during teacher strike

Melissa Daniels, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:18pm

From gathering gift cards, prepping boxed lunches and opening church doors for child care, communities across Arizona are getting ready for a historic teacher walkout that could keep hundreds of thousands of students out of school indefinitely.

Facing Congress, EPA chief doesn't appear ready to apologize

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:10pm

Even with Republican lawmakers' patience running short, President Donald Trump's environmental chief appears to be in no mood to apologize as he faces Congress for the first time since a deluge of ethics allegations has consumed his tenure.

Latest: Patton Oswalt lauds late wife in serial killer case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:04pm

The Latest on developments in a California serial killer case (all times local):

Kilauea's summit lava lake still overflowing into crater

Sophia Yan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:51pm

Lava overflowed from Kilauea's summit crater lava lake Wednesday, pouring onto the floor of Halemaumau Crater days after the largest spill in 10 years on the Hawaiian volcano.

US officials inspect Russian consular home in Seattle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:49pm

U.S. State Department officials have drilled out locks to inspect the former Russian consul general's Seattle residence, a day after Russian staff vacated the site.

Judge: Wisconsin sex offender can visit sick son at hospital

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:35pm

A registered sex offender will be allowed to visit his severely ill 9-year-old son despite objections from Wisconsin Children's Hospital, a Milwaukee County judge ruled Wednesday.

White nationalist Richard Spencer's Ohio lawsuit ends

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:33pm

A federal lawsuit over white nationalist Richard Spencer's effort to speak at the University of Cincinnati ended Wednesday.

Democrats demand more details on CIA nominee's covert work

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:29pm

Three Democratic senators on Wednesday stepped up their demands for more information about the former undercover spy President Donald Trump has picked to lead the CIA, and said the public has a right to know about her role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists after 9/11 as well as other "disturbing facts about her record."