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Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:54am

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.

Trump wants a review of national monuments

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:53am

President Donald Trump is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments." He will sign an executive order Wednesday tasking his interior secretary with leading that review.

Ben Carson brings HUD listening tour to urban, rural Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:53am

Columbus is the fourth stop on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's national listening tour.

Homeland Security formally opening immigrant crime office

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:40am

The Homeland Security Department is set to launch an office for American victims of immigrant crime.

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:34am

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.

Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

Chad Day and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:34am

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say.

Witness: Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:33am

A friend of Susan Berman testified that Berman tapped New York real estate heir Robert Durst as her potential killer years before she was executed in her home.

California dad of missing 5-year-old boy released from jail

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:24am

A missing 5-year-old boy's father has been released from jail in an unexpected twist that only deepens the mystery behind the boy's disappearance.

New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:23am

The nation's first double execution in more than 16 years raised a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber?

Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:21am

As a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in Arkansas' death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.

Arkansas executions raise questions again about sedative

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:21am

Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using a sedative that's been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. A look at midazolam and its role in U.S. executions:

Fiery, deadly wreck snarls Interstate 5 in Los Angeles

Reed Saxon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:41pm

A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.

APNewsBreak: Little change on race in Boston police stops

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:21pm

The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in their tactics.

Jury to begin weighing sentence for police ambush killer

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:52pm

A jury is expected to begin weighing the sentence for a gunman who targeted Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries.

The Latest: Spicer calls judge's decision 'egregious'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:14pm

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local):

The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:52pm

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Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:42pm

An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 ½ years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon.

Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:20pm

Republican Ron Estes, winner of a closer-than-usual congressional election in Kansas, has been sworn in as the newest member of the House.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:40pm

Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households because of their religious beliefs.

2 gang members sentenced for deaths of prosecution witnesses

Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:22pm

U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn didn't mince his words in describing the 2014 shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who had been scheduled to testify in a criminal case.