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Sessions defends Trump pardons of Joe Arpaio, Scooter Libby

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:03pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's right to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Suspect in serial killings lived in a tidy California suburb

Paul Elias and Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:43pm

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.

2 dead in crash of World War II-era training aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:40pm

A World War II-era training aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from a South Texas naval air station, killing both people aboard.

The Latest: Ronny Jackson meets with White House press aides

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:39pm

The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local):

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:39pm

"You did it, Michelle."

Federal court sides with Florida in voting rights battle

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:27pm

With time running out, a federal appeals court late Wednesday sided with Florida in an escalating battle over the state's process for restoring voting rights for former prisoners.

The Latest: Police take serial killing suspect by surprise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:21pm

The Latest on a serial killing and rape case in California (all times local):

The Latest: Arizona teachers press for action by lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:17pm

The Latest on Arizona's teacher walkout (all times local):

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

Don Thompson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:15pm

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.

Bipartisan bill to protect Mueller headed for crucial vote

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:13pm

A bipartisan group of senators pushing legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job is trying to win over reluctant Republicans ahead of a crucial committee vote.

Victims voice relief after arrest in serial killing case

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:07pm

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.

House member seeks to stop turkey drop at Arkansas festival

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:05pm

Concerned that federal regulators don't have the power to stop the dropping of live turkeys over an Arkansas festival, a lawmaker from Las Vegas is suggesting that Congress step in to ban the practice.

Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

Josh Lederman and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:51pm

French President Emmanuel Macron drew sharp contrasts with President Donald Trump's worldview Wednesday, laying out a firm vision of global leadership that rejects "the illusion of nationalism" in a candid counterweight to Trump's appeals to put "America first."

Man in US illegally who killed deputies sentenced to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:50pm

A man living in the U.S. illegally has been sentenced to the death penalty for the 2014 killing of a Northern California sheriff's deputy and a detective.

Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:49pm

Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, a family spokesman said.

The Latest: Macron says Trump not eager to defend Iran deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:41pm

The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron speaking in front of a joint meeting of Congress (all times local):

Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:27pm

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.

US House moves to reverse order to aid salmon

Matthew Daly and Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:13pm

The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean.

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.