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DNA brings arrest in sadistic crime spree from '70s and '80s

Sophia Bollag and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:43pm

A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday.

Democrats: VA nominee Ronny Jackson recklessly prescribed drugs, crashed government vehicle while drunk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:38pm

Democrats: VA nominee Ronny Jackson recklessly prescribed drugs, crashed government vehicle while drunk.

Tennessee Waffle House reopens 3 days after fatal shootings

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:37pm

The Tennessee Waffle House where four people were fatally shot reopened Wednesday amid tears and solemn remembrance of the dead, as the company said it will donate a month of the restaurant's sales to help the wounded survivors and the families of the slain.

Without Trump nomination, judges vote to keep US attorney

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:37pm

Federal judges in New York have taken the unusual step of voting to keep U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in his job as the chief prosecutor in Manhattan in the absence of a nomination by President Donald Trump.

US officials inspect Russian consular home in Seattle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:36pm

Officials with the U.S. State Department have drilled out locks to access and inspect the former Russian consul general's residence in Seattle, a day after Russian staff vacated the site.

Judge seeks update on raids of Trump's personal lawyer

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:29pm

A New York judge sought Wednesday to streamline and speed the process for lawyers to help decide how to protect attorney-client privilege in evidence seized from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, suggesting again that a court-appointed neutral "special master" might be the answer.

Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:29pm

Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, a family spokesman said.

3 more radioactive sludge barrels rupture at Idaho site

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:27pm

Officials at an eastern Idaho nuclear site where a radioactive sludge barrel ruptured inside a contained building say there have been three other ruptures.

Ex-Minneapolis cop intends to plead not guilty in killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:27pm

A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible assault intends to plead not guilty.

Republicans want answers from Pruitt as ethics woes mount

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:25pm

Republican senators want President Donald Trump's embattled environmental chief to address questions about ethics and spending decisions, but so far are stopping short of calling for him to step down.

Democrats demand more details on CIA nominee's covert work

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:25pm

Three Democratic senators on Wednesday stepped up their demands for more information about the former undercover spy President Donald Trump has picked to lead the CIA, and said the public has a right to know about her role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists after 9/11 as well as other "disturbing facts about her record."

The Latest: Police surprised suspect in serial killer case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:24pm

The Latest on developments in a California serial killer case (all times local):

APNewsBreak: White nationalist's Ohio lawsuit ends

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:18pm

A lawsuit over white nationalist Richard Spencer's effort to speak at an Ohio college has been dropped.

Sessions defends Trump pardons of Arpaio, Libby

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:15pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending President Donald Trump's pardons of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Man charged with toppling Jewish cemetery headstones in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:15pm

Authorities have arrested a man who they say confessed to knocking over about 120 tombstones at Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last year, which they say wasn't a hate crime.

Legal experts: Greitens not entitled to charity donor list

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:13pm

While building a national nonprofit for military veterans, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens solicited millions of dollars from hundreds of wealthy individuals, corporations and foundations. While later launching a Missouri gubernatorial campaign, Greitens again raised millions from many of those same donors.

Nevada student sues over dress code banning pro-gun shirts

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:07pm

An eighth-grade student has filed a federal lawsuit accusing his northern Nevada school district of violating his First Amendment rights after he says he was told his pro-gun T-shirt violates the district's dress code.

Judge: Wisconsin sex offender can visit sick son at hospital

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:02pm

A Milwaukee County judge says a registered sex offender must be allowed to visit his severely ill 9-year-old son over the objections of Wisconsin Children's Hospital.

Video: Former Port Authority ethics chair swore at officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:56pm

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner caught on camera delivering an expletive-laced tirade to police officers during a traffic stop has resigned.

Attorneys urge appeals court to block Iraqi deportations

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:54pm

Civil rights attorneys contended Wednesday that the Trump administration tried to rush deportations of Iraqis who faced torture, sexual slavery and even beheadings in their home country.