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Speaker Ryan forces out House chaplain

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:43pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan has forced out the House chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy.

Judge encourages deal in lawsuit over Marine recruit's death

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:42pm

A judge is urging lawyers to try to settle a lawsuit by the Michigan family of a Marine recruit who killed himself during basic training.

The Latest: Hawaii man to face trial in hospital escape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:42pm

The Latest on a mental fitness hearing for a man who fled from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California (all times local):

Mattis foresees 're-energized' fight against IS in Syria

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:41pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is forecasting a "re-energized" fight against the Islamic State militants' remaining strongholds in eastern Syria.

Man charged in Oklahoma killings says he'll talk to families

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:39pm

A man charged in the 1999 deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the disappearance of their 16-year-old daughter and her friend said he doesn't know when the missing victims are, but that he's willing to speak with the victims' families.

Senate panel admonishes Menendez

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:36pm

The Senate Ethics Committee has admonished Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey for repeatedly accepting gifts of significant value, failing to report them and for advancing the personal and business interests of a donor.

The Latest: Arizona teachers start to leave rally amid heat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:29pm

The Latest on teacher protests in Arizona and Colorado (all times local):

Parents sue North Korea over death of detainee Otto Warmbier

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:26pm

The parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea on Thursday, saying its government tortured and killed their son.

University fined for violating Indian remains law

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:19pm

A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession.

The Latest: Reward offered in death of Maine deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:17pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Maine sheriff's deputy (all times local):

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At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Michael Biesecker and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings.

Trump boasted he'd open all JFK files, but now says he can't

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn't made good on the "great transparency" he promised then.

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Trump's VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

Zeke Miller and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:14pm

President Donald Trump's White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump's struggles to fill key jobs and the perils of his occasional spur-of-the-moment-decision-making.

Testimony concludes in fatal Michigan bike crash trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:13pm

Testimony has concluded after defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses in the trial of a Michigan motorist accused of running down nine bicyclists, killing five of them.

Families of slain teens preparing for long court case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:11pm

Family members of two Utah teenagers whose bound bodies were found down an abandoned mine shaft say they're preparing for long criminal case for the man accused in their deaths.

Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

Melissa Daniels and Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:09pm

A sea of teachers clad in red shirts and holding "Money for Schools" signs reached the Arizona Capitol to press lawmakers for action Thursday, a key event in an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools and built on an educator uprising that bubbled up in other parts of the U.S.

Police: Teacher who dated student charged with a sex crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:09pm

Authorities say an Ohio teacher who filed a harassment complaint against an 18-year-old student with whom she said she'd had a relationship has been charged with a sex crime.

Militia leader pleads guilty in attempted cabin explosion

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:05pm

A Utah militia group leader pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona in what prosecutors call a case of domestic terrorism.

Native group decries human rights violations at Bears Ears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:03pm

A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

Suspect in serial killings was obsessed with lawn care

Don Thompson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:53pm

The California grandfather suspected of killing a dozen people and raping more than 50 women lived a quiet life as a warehouse worker and a suburban homeowner obsessed with lawn care, neighbors and acquaintances said.