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Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language, dies at 46

Seth Borenstein and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:59pm

Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46.

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Michael Biesecker, Jake Pearson and Garance Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:58pm

Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

Flight attendant pleads guilty in LA to turtle smuggling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:52pm

Federal prosecutors say a flight attendant for a Chinese airline has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle nearly two-dozen spotted and box turtles in a carry-on bag from Los Angeles to China.

The Latest: Official: Pentagon agrees to house migrant kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:48pm

The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

Utah teen accused in backpack bomb was bullied, expert says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:48pm

A Utah teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb after looking at Islamic State propaganda online had been bullied and didn't understand the severity of his actions, a psychologist testified in his court trial Wednesday.

The Latest: Over 100 rescued from floods in Texas county

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:39pm

The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local):

Idaho Democrats ask governor to denounce family separation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:39pm

Democratic lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature are asking Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter to join other governors and call for the reunification of families who were separated from their children while crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Search in southwestern Idaho for man missing in Snake River

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:37pm

Authorities in southwestern Idaho are searching for an18-year-old man who was in a boat that capsized on the Snake River.

House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:34pm

The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them.

WWII veteran finally being awarded Purple Heart

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:24pm

A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart.

The Latest: First lady's 'I don't care' jacket causes a stir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:22pm

The Latest on Melania Trump's visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children (all times local):

AP source: 1 more US worker confirmed hurt by Cuba incidents

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:22pm

Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, bringing the total number to 25.

Florida sheriff sued for jailing teen suspects in solitary

Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:19pm

A civil rights group filed suit Thursday against a Florida sheriff and school district, claiming that juvenile suspects are unjustly kept in solitary confinement without cause and denied a proper education as they await trial as adults.

Storms bring flooding to areas in US including South Texas

Jamie Stengle and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:18pm

Officials in far South Texas were using helicopters Thursday to rescue residents from flooded areas where rains have fallen all week.

Audit faults University of California sex misconduct process

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:13pm

State auditors are faulting the University of California for not addressing sexual misconduct complaints on time and not disciplining faculty swiftly.

Extended timeline set for community college consolidation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:04pm

Overseers of Connecticut's community college system have agreed to take some more time to follow through on a plan to consolidate its 12 schools.

2 people injured while trying to avoid hitting kangaroo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:00pm

A Montana Highway Patrol Trooper says two people were injured after the driver swerved their vehicle to avoid hitting a kangaroo on the road.

California parents accused of shackling kids to face trial

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:58pm

A judge on Thursday ordered a California couple to face trial on torture and child abuse charges after prosecutors said they subjected their children to years of filth, starvation and bizarre behavior that included feeding them moldy pies and sometimes caging them as punishment.

AP source: Medical tests confirm 1 more US worker affected by mystery health incidents in Cuba, bringing total to 25

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:58pm

AP source: Medical tests confirm 1 more US worker affected by mystery health incidents in Cuba, bringing total to 25.

Feds seek removal of 20-day limit on immigrant family holds

Nomaan Merchant and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:53pm

The Department of Justice on Thursday asked a federal judge to change the rules regarding the detention of immigrant families who enter the country illegally, seeking permission to detain them for longer than 20 days in an effort to keep children with their parents.