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The Latest: Reward offered in death of Maine deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:17pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Maine sheriff's deputy (all times local):

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At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings.

Trump boasted he'd open all JFK files, but now says he can't

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn't made good on the "great transparency" he promised then.

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Trump's VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

Zeke Miller and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

President Donald Trump's White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump's struggles to fill key jobs and the perils of his occasional spur-of-the-moment-decision-making.

Testimony concludes in fatal Michigan bike crash trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:13pm

Testimony has concluded after defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses in the trial of a Michigan motorist accused of running down nine bicyclists, killing five of them.

Families of slain teens preparing for long court case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:11pm

Family members of two Utah teenagers whose bound bodies were found down an abandoned mine shaft say they're preparing for long criminal case for the man accused in their deaths.

Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

Melissa Daniels and Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:09pm

A sea of teachers clad in red shirts and holding "Money for Schools" signs reached the Arizona Capitol to press lawmakers for action Thursday, a key event in an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools and built on an educator uprising that bubbled up in other parts of the U.S.

Police: Teacher who dated student charged with a sex crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:09pm

Authorities say an Ohio teacher who filed a harassment complaint against an 18-year-old student with whom she said she'd had a relationship has been charged with a sex crime.

Militia leader pleads guilty in attempted cabin explosion

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:05pm

A Utah militia group leader pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona in what prosecutors call a case of domestic terrorism.

Senate panel admonishes Menendez

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:04pm

The Senate Ethics Committee has admonished Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey for repeatedly accepting gifts of significant value, failing to report them and for advancing the personal and business interests of a donor.

Native group decries human rights violations at Bears Ears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:03pm

A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

Suspect in serial killings was obsessed with lawn care

Don Thompson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:53pm

The California grandfather suspected of killing a dozen people and raping more than 50 women lived a quiet life as a warehouse worker and a suburban homeowner obsessed with lawn care, neighbors and acquaintances said.

Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:50pm

A Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologized Thursday while disputing some of the allegations made by a woman who says he touched her without her consent.

Texas man accused of trying to kill judge found guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:49pm

A federal jury in Texas on Thursday convicted a man who authorities say attempted to assassinate a state judge in an effort to avoid being sent to prison.

Rabbis ask Kansas senator not to compare Holocaust, abortion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:49pm

A group of rabbis wants a Kansas state senator and congressional candidate to stop comparing abortion to the Holocaust.

Pentagon chief calls sexual assault a cancer in military

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:47pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered all members of the Defense Department to re-double their efforts to aggressively work to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the military.

US to end special protections for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants

Elliot Spagat and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:46pm

The Trump administration will end special protections for an estimated 9,000 Nepalese immigrants living in the United States, giving them until June 24, 2019, to leave or find another way to stay in the country, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.

Correction: Democrats-Black Voters story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:46pm

In a story April 20 about black voters, The Associated Press reported erroneously that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted that black unemployment had reached a record high under President Donald Trump's leadership. Sanders said that black employment, not unemployment, had reached a record high.

Speaker Ryan forces out House chaplain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:45pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan has forced out the House chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy.

Union: No-confidence in sheriff after school massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:45pm

The union that represents the deputies who responded to the Florida high school massacre approved a no-confidence vote on the sheriff.