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Interim Pentagon chief on global stage amid Iran crisis

Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 10:23pm

With barely one day on the job, Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe to try to persuade reluctant and increasingly wary NATO allies to work with the Trump administration on Iran sanctions and security in the Middle East, amid worries that the U.S. and the Islamic Republic may be on a path to war.

White House threatens to veto aid bill for migrant families

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 10:23pm

The White House is threatening to veto a $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S. southern border, saying the measure would hamstring the administration's border security efforts and raising fresh questions about the legislation's fate.

Illinois governor plans to sign recreational marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:58pm

Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to make Illinois the nation's 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use.

The Latest: White House threatens to veto border bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:04pm

The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times local):

NC Senate vote means showdown nears on immigration bill

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:59pm

The Republican-controlled General Assembly headed for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper as a bill that would strong-arm North Carolina sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents neared final passage.

White House blocks Conway from House oversight hearing

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:54pm

The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers.

Texas man pleads guilty to lesser charge in daughter's death

Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:41pm

A Texas man who was accused of killing his adopted daughter pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge the day his trial for capital murder was scheduled to begin.

West Virginia Senate passes GOP charter school bill

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:29pm

The West Virginia Senate passed a sweeping GOP education bill Monday that would allow the state's first charter schools, a move that has drawn heavy protests from teachers.

North Carolina appeals decision striking down abortion ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:27pm

State officials are appealing a federal judge's decision that struck down North Carolina's ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in a medical emergency.

Trump: Woman who accused him of sexual assault not his type

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:07pm

President Donald Trump said Monday that a New York-based advice columnist who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s is not his "type."

The Latest: Jury urges death for California family's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:28pm

The Latest on jurors reaching a penalty decision in a quadruple murder trial (all times local):

Wildfire burning in Florida Everglades near major interstate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:05pm

A wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades has given some commuters a smoky ride home along Interstate 75 in an area called Alligator Alley.

Mississippi teacher killed in Louisiana; 2 arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:46pm

A Mississippi school teacher who had recently been honored by his school district was found fatally shot Monday across the state line in Louisiana. Two people have been arrested in connection with his death.

Lithgow, Bening and more stars perform Mueller report

Katie Campione, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:34pm

John Lithgow joined the growing list of actors who have taken on the role of President Donald Trump, portraying the world leader in a live reading of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign.

The Latest: Police: Daughter, wife fled gunman who killed 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:25pm

The Latest on a quadruple murder-suicide in California (all times local):

AP Analysis: Trump moves show him to be unreliable partner

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:19pm

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision against military strikes may have prevented open military conflict with Iran, but it also showed him anew to be an unpredictable, unreliable, partner at home and abroad.

The Latest: Suspect in police killing wears bandage to court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:57pm

The Latest on the killing of a Sacramento police officer (all times local):

Government moves migrant kids after AP exposes bad treatment

Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:30pm

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

Jury urges death for killer of family of 4 found in desert

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:26pm

A jury on Monday recommended the death penalty for a Southern California man convicted of killing a family of four with a sledgehammer and burying their bodies in shallow desert graves.

Justices order court records unsealed in Alabama execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:25pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered court filings unsealed related to a recent execution in Alabama.