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2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home; motive unclear

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:41pm

Two nuns who worked as nurses to help the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, and there were signs of a break-in and their car was missing, officials said Thursday.

Ohio court: Juvenile crimes can't enhance adult sentences

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:34pm

Ohio's Supreme Court has ruled that prior juvenile convictions cannot be used to increase the severity of charges or the length of prison sentences those individuals receive as adults.

US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:21pm

A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week.

Judge: New York ex-Assembly speaker can remain free for now

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:21pm

A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

GOP governor: Most drug dealers arrested are black, Hispanic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:12pm

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

Criminal complaint details brutal slaying of New Mexico girl

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:12pm

On the day a girl was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.

DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:11pm

Federal prosecutors now say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

Secret Service agent who protected LBJ dies in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:01pm

Jim Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, has died in Texas. He was 80.

Ex-trooper pleads guilty in beating of driver after chase

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:01pm

A former New Hampshire state trooper caught on video beating a man who led officers on a two-state car chase was given a deferred jail sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to three simple assault charges.

Wolf advocates outraged that state preparing to kill wolves

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:01pm

Some wolf advocates are outraged that the state is preparing for the second time to exterminate an entire wolf pack for preying on livestock in northeastern Washington state.

Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

Kantele Franko and Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:01pm

Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.

Crews finish cleanup of massive fish kill at Jersey Shore

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:53pm

Crews have finished removing more than a million dead fish that recently appeared in the creeks and waterways near a northern New Jersey shore town.

Activists asking if police will be charged in sex scandal

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:51pm

Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges.

Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:38pm

It's a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy" and another who was a leader of the so-called "birther" movement.

Indiana gives $200K to help families amid lead contamination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

The state of Indiana is providing $200,000 to the city of East Chicago to help families living at a public housing complex where soil is tainted with elevated levels of lead and arsenic.

Defense says death penalty sought for financial reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

A northern Idaho public defender says prosecutors are only seeking the death penalty against a man accused of killing a police officer because of financial reasons.

Zip line company: Woman who fell had unhooked safety gear

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday.

Court: Michigan sex offender rules cannot be retroactive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:20pm

A federal appeals court says changes to Michigan's sex offender registry rules cannot be applied retroactively to thousands of sex offenders.

10 ex-Navajo Nation lawmakers sentenced for slush funds case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:01pm

Ten former Navajo Nation lawmakers have been sentenced for their involvement in misusing the tribe's discretionary fund.