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2 Baltimore police officers plead guilty to racketeering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

Two Baltimore police detectives who were armed with their service weapons while robbing people who were physically restrained have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

4 injured as helicopter crash-lands on Los Angeles street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

A small helicopter has crash-landed on a Los Angeles street, injuring four people on board.

Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Florida to compete in the island city's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.

The Latest: Scaramucci takes podium, declares loyalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

The Latest on changes to the White House communications staff (all times local):

Bodycam video shows new angle on Minnesota cop shooting dogs

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

Newly released body camera video shows a Minneapolis police officer shooting a homeowner's dog as the dog walked toward the officer, tail wagging, before the officer shot a second dog who was rushing toward him.

Evacuation order lifted for California Gold Rush-era town

Scott Smith and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

An aggressive wildfire sweeping through California foothills covered with dense brush and trees destroyed dozens of homes but spared a historic Gold Rush-era town popular with tourists bound for Yosemite National Park, officials said Friday.

Castile's mother files for entirety of $3M settlement

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

The mother of slain motorist Philando Castile has filed a petition to receive nearly all of a $3 million settlement in his death.

Utah group wants to create a new redistricting commission

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

A Utah reform group is calling for the creation of an independent commission amid allegations that gerrymandering has been going on during redistricting.

S. Idaho man not allowed to withdraw guilty plea

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

A south-central Idaho man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife will not be allowed to withdraw the plea.

Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary

Ken Thomas and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:31pm

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate."

House unveils plan to fix VA's budget gap as deadline looms

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:31pm

A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks.

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Spicer resigns as White House press secretary; Sanders picked as replacement

Ken Thomas and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:25pm

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate."

US counterterror official says Islamic State still a threat

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

A top counterterrorism official said Friday the world still faces threats from Islamic State militants despite their territorial losses.

Abortion fight rages in Kentucky, which has just 1 clinic

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic.

Judge: Florida woman may keep mum on who's paying legal fees

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

A three-year-old Florida murder-for-hire case that has spawned national and international interest will continue to have an ongoing mystery: who is paying the attorneys representing one of the suspects?

Bomb suspect's lawyers: Feds drumming up terror theory

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

Lawyers for a man accused of plotting bomb attacks in New Jersey and New York say the government is wrongfully portraying their client as a terrorist.

Trump names lawyer as new acting ethics chief

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

President Donald Trump designated a veteran government lawyer Friday as a temporary replacement for a former ethics chief who sparred repeatedly with the White House over the handling of its officials' finances.

Ex-Mexican drug cartel leader gets 30 years in US prison

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

Prosecutors say a former high-ranking member of the Zetas cartel in Mexico must serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes.

In Senate, ailing lawmakers given plenty of time to recover

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:03pm

Sen. John McCain's treatment for brain cancer could keep him out of Washington for weeks, perhaps months, and yet it's unlikely anyone will challenge his extended leave.