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Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:27pm

The California Supreme Court has blocked a measure that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot.

Former police chief arrested on drug charge in S Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:25pm

A former police chief of one of South Carolina's largest cities faces a drug charge after authorities found a fugitive in his home.

Judge rules Michigan cafe owner won't be deported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:19pm

A Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will now be allowed to stay in the U.S.

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:16pm

Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force "sanctuary" communities to engage in federal immigration enforcement if they want anti-crime funds.

Court overturns then-11-year-old boy's conviction in slaying

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:14pm

Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a then-11-year-old boy in the 2009 shotgun slaying of his father's pregnant fiancée, saying prosecutors had not provided enough evidence to support it.

911 calls detail aftermath of deadly New Mexico bus crash

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:13pm

Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly weekend bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway.

Clues to Confederate mystery: Sub's crew never dumped weight

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:11pm

Scientists studying the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship said Wednesday that the doomed Confederate crew did not release an emergency mechanism that could have helped the vessel surface quickly.

California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:08pm

California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot.

Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:07pm

The mother of an 8-year-old Indiana girl who was abducted, raped and killed in 1988 wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the crimes.

Abundant precipitation, reduced water use help boost aquifer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:05pm

The water level in an Idaho aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet (2.1 billion cubic-meters) over last year.

OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:05pm

The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians since massive protests against President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April.

The Latest: Trump weighs offer to interview Russian suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:03pm

The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local):

Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:01pm

Oklahoma's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules on medical marijuana it adopted last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wrote Wednesday in a letter to the head of the agency.

Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:53pm

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers that also accused her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections.

Arkansas says search for lethal injection drugs on hold

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:51pm

Arkansas prison officials said Wednesday their search for new lethal injection drugs is on hold until the Legislature adds manufacturers to a law that keeps the state's suppliers of execution drugs secret, a move that means the state is unlikely to put any inmates to death this year.

Prosecutor: No charges in Maryland police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:50pm

A Maryland police officer won't face charges in the shooting of a shoplifting suspect.

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Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:49pm

In an instantly controversial new comment on Russia, President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, a claim sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his top intelligence chief.

Driver in police chase, fatal crash has DUI history

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:47pm

A man accused of driving while intoxicated during a police chase that ended in a fatal crash has been charged in the deaths of two Nampa residents.

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Amanda Lee Myers and Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:45pm

U.S. military veterans have had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump's statements during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Report: Weather was deteriorating before Alaska plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:37pm

Investigators say a pilot who crashed a charter plane on a mountain in Alaska initially confused the snow-covered slopes with a body of water in deteriorating weather conditions.