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5 western states change branding for international markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:59am

A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand.

Kansas judge weighs evidence in deadly hoax call case

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:58am

A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas is returning to court, where a judge is set to decide if there is enough evidence to put him on trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

3 found dead in suburban Chicago home; autopsies planned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:48am

Authorities say three people have been found dead in a suburban Chicago home.

Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

Desmond Butler and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:34am

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

Black man ordered to pay $2,000 for racist campus graffiti

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:28am

A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution.

Mayor of nation's capital announces she has adopted baby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:54am

The mayor of the nation's capital is a mom after adopting a newborn.

Anonymous donor gives $10,000 to pay down school lunch debts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:52am

An anonymous donor has paid off more than half of a Maine school district's student lunch debts.

Alabama inmate posts cellphone spanking video to Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:20am

Alabama authorities are investigating a Facebook video posted by a prison inmate, showing two prisoners forcing a third at knifepoint to bend over for a spanking.

Manhunt for suspects in Baltimore area after officer's death

David McFadden and Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:58am

Police backed by aircraft and trained dogs scoured a greater Baltimore suburb into the early hours Tuesday, seeking suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer.

The Latest: Schools to open on time, following officer death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:56am

The Latest on the slaying of a police officer in Baltimore County, Maryland (all times local):

After racial turmoil, city hires black female police chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:37am

Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have given final approval to hiring the city's first African-American woman police chief, following the previous chief's departure in the aftermath of a violent white nationalist rally.

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:14am

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.

Man surrenders to police after 'armed domestic situation'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:13am

A man surrendered to police after they surrounded the house he was in for reports of gunshots being fired.

Utah 22-year-old pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:10am

A Payson, Utah, resident charged with sexual assault has pleaded not guilty.

Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:10pm

A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time.

Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:30pm

If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America.

School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:21pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back.

Ohio inmate claims innocence in slaying of 3, wants retrial

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:16pm

From the day of his arrest in 1994 for fatally shooting three people, Kevin Keith has proclaimed his innocence. He pointed to alibi witnesses who placed him elsewhere, an alternative suspect and a host of inconsistencies in the evidence against him.

Some GOP House members warn Ryan over immigration effort

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:12pm

Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support.

Top Kansas court to hear arguments on school funding

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:10pm

Kansas lawmakers are looking for hopeful hints from the state Supreme Court that they've increased education funding enough to satisfy the justices and head off any potential threat of a court order shuttering public schools.