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Analysis: Obama plan leaves Iraq mostly on its own

06/20/2014 1:20am
For years, the U.S. has been clear about its intent to step back from Iraq. The restrained American military aid now being offered to defend Baghdad against a ferocious Sunni insurgency reaffirms the Obama administration's mantra that Iraq is still largely on its own.

Deals in Albany on medical marijuana, Common Core

06/20/2014 1:21am
New York lawmakers worked into the early morning hours to end their six-month session, churning through bills and striking deals to authorize medical marijuana and provide a reprieve to teachers worried about how the new Common Core standards might affect evaluations.

Lawmakers reach agreement on medical marijuana

06/20/2014 1:22am
New York is set to become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana under an agreement announced by legislative leaders.

Military advisers also fight, history tells us

06/20/2014 1:50am
President Barack Obama's announcement that he's sending military advisers to Iraq raises questions — in some quarters, red flags — about whether that could mean a return to warfare under another name.

West Nile confirmed in suburban Chicago

06/20/2014 2:11am
Health officials say they have confirmed that a crow found in one of Chicago's western suburban counties has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Aging center studying drug for Alzheimer's

06/20/2014 2:11am
Researchers are looking for 1,000 people to test a drug's effect on Alzheimer's disease at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Class graduates from SC Criminal Justice Academy

06/20/2014 2:20am
The director of South Carolina's probation department is set to address the newest class of graduates from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Quick rise for McCarthy, new House majority leader

06/20/2014 2:42am
Not so long ago Kevin McCarthy was working as an aide to his local congressman in hot, dusty Bakersfield, California. Now the genial 49-year-old is a new face of the GOP, selected by House Republicans as their majority leader after a whirlwind round of politicking prompted by last week's primary election upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

GOP lawmakers demand education chief's resignation

06/20/2014 3:10am
Gov. Bill Haslam's office is dismissing as a "political stunt" a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanding the resignation of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Nixon signs bill extending vet loan forgiveness

06/20/2014 3:10am
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that continues a loan forgiveness program for students of large-animal veterinary medicine.

Woman in cruelty case says someone poisoned horse

06/20/2014 4:10am
A Livingston County woman who was convicted of animal cruelty in the death of one horse and the care of two other horses says the animal that died must have been poisoned by someone else.

Vegas waterpark joining swim lesson record attempt

06/20/2014 4:20am
One hundred children are expected to meet up at the Wet'N'Wild waterpark in Las Vegas to join in what may be the world's largest swimming lesson.

Long scattered, adoptees search for lost families

06/20/2014 4:40am
They were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never knew, before time runs out.

Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

06/20/2014 4:50am
A mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheekbones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

Police: Sex offender stabbed missing teen, self

06/20/2014 6:10am
The weeklong odyssey of a registered sex offender traveling with a missing teenage girl from Florida ended after a sighting by a Louisiana truck stop cashier triggered a lengthy police chase, authorities say.

Francis Howell board keeps book available

06/20/2014 6:30am
A suburban St. Louis school board has decided to keep a sexual health and education e-book available to middle-school students despite concerns from some parents.

Ball State official approved as interim president

06/20/2014 6:31am
Ball State University's top academic administrator will be its interim president for a month this summer.

Groups files for release of mental health audit

06/20/2014 6:50am
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has renewed its request for the full release of an audit of 15 nonprofits that provided behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans.

Crews make good progress in battling Navajo fire

06/20/2014 7:11am
Firefighters have made significant strides in a wildfire that has consumed more than 21 square miles of forest and grazing land on the Navajo Nation.

5th case of Legionnaires' Disease found in Wilson

06/20/2014 7:11am
A fifth case of Legionnaires' Disease has been reported at a Wilson County facility.

Analysis: Jindal limited in Common Core push

06/20/2014 7:20am
Gov. Bobby Jindal wants Louisiana out of the Common Core education standards. There's just one problem: his executive power has legal limits, and he can't unilaterally yank the state out of Common Core.

South Carolina State placed on probation

06/20/2014 7:31am
South Carolina State University, which has been battling financial problems and has had to seek a loan from the state, has now seen its accreditation status downgraded.

Analysis: Another attempt to end schools oversight

06/20/2014 7:31am
Forty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight.

Dog's fatal shooting by police under investigation

06/20/2014 7:51am
Salt Lake City police have launched an internal investigation into an officer's decision to shoot and kill a dog that was in its own backyard.

Dog bites increasing in Idaho Falls

06/20/2014 7:51am
Dog bites are on the rise in Idaho Falls.

Mom charged with deliberately hitting son with car

06/20/2014 8:10am
A Billings woman is charged with intentionally hitting her 12-year-old son with her car.

Iraqi immigrants fear for loved ones back home

06/20/2014 8:10am
A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

Parents of boy who died of cancer press for cure

06/20/2014 8:20am
A 5-year-old Columbus boy lost his battle to cancer 12 months ago, but his "Angels" are still fighting for a cure.

Evacuated Boise residents allowed home

06/20/2014 8:31am
Residents in a Boise neighborhood evacuated after a car crashed into a home and severed a natural gas line are being allowed to return home.

Paine College put on probation by accrediting body

06/20/2014 8:41am
Paine College in east Georgia has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.

School board votes against contract extension

06/20/2014 8:51am
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted 10-1 not to extend Superintendent Bernard Taylor's three-year contract past its expiration in June 2015.

Michigan State approves 2.8 percent tuition hike

06/20/2014 9:01am
Michigan State University has approved a 2.8 percent tuition increase for in-state, undergraduate students for the 2014-15 academic year.

Man who died on family backpacking trip identified

06/20/2014 9:14am
A 46-year-old man has died on a family backpacking trip in the backcountry of Weber County.

Pilot reports laser strike during landing at LAX

06/20/2014 9:21am
The Federal Aviation Administration says a pilot reported visual impairment after a laser struck an airliner landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

Woman dies in Sparks house fire

06/20/2014 9:21am
Investigators believe the improper use of cigarettes is to blame for a deadly house fire in Sparks.

Boehner urges military help for border crisis

06/20/2014 9:51am
House Speaker John Boehner urged President Barack Obama Friday to send National Guard troops to the southern border to help deal with the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America, calling it a "national security and humanitarian crisis."

Nevada congressman shuffles staff

06/20/2014 9:51am
Former Nevada Division of Parole and Probation chief Bernie Curtis has joined the staff of Rep. Mark Amodei.

Hot grits attack leads to attempted murder charge

06/20/2014 10:01am
A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after throwing a pan of hot grease and grits at a man who was on his front porch.

Bullet-shattered window hurts NYC hospital patient

06/20/2014 10:01am
Authorities say a patient has been treated for minor facial cuts after a bullet partially shattered a New York City hospital window.

Upgrades to OU stadium on regents agenda

06/20/2014 10:11am
Upgrades to the University of Oklahoma's stadium are on the agenda when the school's board of regents meets next week.

Burned dad of dead kids thanks supporters at vigil

06/20/2014 10:11am
The burned father of two children who perished in a house fire spoke by telephone from his hospital bed to family, friends and neighbors holding a candlelight vigil in front of his northwest Las Vegas home.

Utah robbery suspect dies after leap at Idaho jail

06/20/2014 10:39am
A 23-year-old man suspected of taking part in robberies in Idaho and Utah died while in custody after jumping over a railing and falling 13 feet at the Blaine County Jail in central Idaho, authorities said.

Report: Half of vets with PTSD got treatment

06/20/2014 10:51am
Only about half of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD last year after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received the recommended therapy despite efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to beef up its mental health staffing, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Friday.

Idaho firefighter forged by flames faces fears

06/20/2014 10:51am
Fire forged Kristin Curtis.

S. Idaho educator is Braille Teacher of the Year

06/20/2014 10:51am
GOODING . Decades ago, Jan Zollinger jumped at the opportunity to help a blind classmate at Brigham Young University.

Donald Sterling accused of threatening to 'take out' wife's lawyer, sue doctors

06/20/2014 11:01am
Donald Sterling can't seem to avoid trouble over recorded phone calls. In the latest twist to a downfall triggered by more recordings, the Los Angeles Clippers' owner allegedly threatened to "take out" his wife's lawyer and sue two doctors who declared him mentally unfit.

Big raise proposed for Vegas tourism agency chief

06/20/2014 11:01am
The man who led Las Vegas' main marketing organization through a banner tourism year is likely to get an 8 percent raise and a 50 percent bonus.

Sea turtle lands in Dubuque after 3 plane rides

06/20/2014 11:11am
A young green sea turtle found injured in Georgia last year has a new home in eastern Iowa, following three plane rides and nearly 1,200 miles of travel.

Mentor gets jail for slipping gun into Pa. school

06/20/2014 11:21am
A 19-year-old will serve at least six months in prison for smuggling a gun into a Philadelphia school where he was an alumni mentor.

GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

06/20/2014 11:51am
In an election-year challenge to President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantanamo transfers for a year amid the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back on government spying.

Body of apparent drowning victim recovered in UT

06/20/2014 11:51am
The body of an apparent drowning victim has been pulled from the Bear Lake State Park marina in northeast Utah.

Body found after explosion at Colorado house

06/20/2014 11:52am
Investigators recovered a body on Friday from the rubble of a suburban Denver house that was leveled by an unexplained explosion.

Vegas constable suspends license plate enforcement

06/20/2014 12:01pm
Uniformed Las Vegas constables are suspending enforcement of a state law requiring new residents to promptly obtain in-state license plates.

Kerry heads to Mideast for Iraq talks

06/20/2014 12:11pm
Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to the Mideast this weekend to discuss Iraq's stability as a raging Sunni Muslim insurgency threatens the Shiite-led government.

Avera Health to build new medical office building

06/20/2014 12:11pm
A South Dakota health care provider has announced plans to build a new $16.5 million medical office building on the south side of Mitchell.

Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

06/20/2014 12:16pm
A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 64,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

Bond set for 2 accused of neglect in son's death

06/20/2014 12:21pm
A home health care worker charged with involuntary manslaughter after her husband's disabled 33-year-old son was found dead at their home was ordered Friday to stop working as a nurse.

More screening for guns among Newtown proposals

06/20/2014 12:21pm
Mental health suitability screenings for gun owners and sellers and consolidation of smaller emergency management dispatch centers are among the ideas being considered by a Connecticut commission charged with crafting public policy recommendations in light of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Dad gets 4 years in death of son left in hot car

06/20/2014 12:21pm
An Arizona man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for leaving his infant son unattended inside a hot car for several hours without air conditioning last summer.

Search continues for man who shot three with a rifle after rap concert

06/20/2014 12:21pm
Authorities near Denver are searching for a man with a rifle who shot and wounded three people at the end of a rap concert last night.

US seeks legal protection for troops going to Iraq

06/20/2014 12:31pm
The Pentagon expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents, a spokesman said Friday.

Tuition to increase 3 percent at University of SC

06/20/2014 12:31pm
University of South Carolina trustees are raising tuition rates by 3 percent next fall to help fund pay raises, retirement benefits and health care costs.

Prosecutor: Ohio police chase should have stopped

06/20/2014 12:34pm
Cleveland police should have stopped a car chase in November 2012 long before it ended with officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people, an Ohio prosecutor said in court filings.

McCarthy tells conservatives, 'We will unite'

06/20/2014 12:34pm
House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy told religious conservatives Friday he knows they're frustrated and has heard the message. "We will unite," McCarthy promised.

Campus talks: School finds tapes of famous figures

06/20/2014 12:34pm
A Portland State University archivist has uncovered a box of reel-to-reel recordings of campus speeches by figures such as Robert F. Kennedy and Allan Ginsberg.

1 dead, 2 injured after shooting in Las Vegas

06/20/2014 12:51pm
Police say one person is dead and two people are injured after a shooting in a neighborhood southeast of downtown Las Vegas.

Full TBR board approves tuition hikes

06/20/2014 12:51pm
The full board of the Tennessee Board of Regents has voted to increase tuition at its institutions this year.

14 cases of salmonella tied to Russellville eatery

06/20/2014 12:51pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health says 14 people who ate in a Russellville restaurant two weeks ago have tested positive for salmonella.

New Obama press secretary more honey, less vinegar

06/20/2014 1:01pm
Josh Earnest comes to the job of White House press secretary with a reputation for Midwestern affability and a style of relating to the media that's more honey and less vinegar.

Perry says 'stepped right in it' with gay remarks

06/20/2014 1:01pm
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said it was a mistake for him to use a story about alcoholism to explain his views on homosexuality.

Police ID woman, 2 babies found dead in car in Md.

06/20/2014 1:01pm
Investigators on Friday ruled out the possibility that someone else killed a 32-year-old woman and her two baby daughters whose bodies were found in their car in a middle school parking lot in Hagerstown.

Inmate asks court for help in Michigan parole case

06/20/2014 1:11pm
An inmate who won a major case at the Michigan Supreme Court over a governor's power to change prison sentences is asking the court for additional help because the state's interpretation of the groundbreaking decision could block his release.

$40M settlement reported in Central Park rape case

06/20/2014 1:31pm
All but closing the books on one of the most lurid crime cases in New York history, the city has agreed to a $40 million settlement with five men who were falsely convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger, a city official said Friday.

3 charged with feeding bears in central Florida

06/20/2014 1:31pm
Three people in central Florida face charges for feeding bears and other wildlife in an area where a woman was mauled by one in April.

American detained in NKorea has consular visit

06/20/2014 1:31pm
Swedish diplomats acting for the U.S. have visited an American man detained by North Korea weeks ago.

Control over Idaho GOP remains uncertain

06/20/2014 1:31pm
An Idaho Republican Party advisory committee turned combative Thursday while members discussed who held the chairmanship.

Ka-ching! Scholarships for slaying video game foes

06/20/2014 1:41pm
Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all.

District stops student transfers from Normandy

06/20/2014 1:41pm
Several hundred students from a struggling St. Louis County school district will not return next year to the St. Charles County school system where they had transferred.

Idaho bank robbery suspect arrested in Montana

06/20/2014 1:51pm
The suspect in an Idaho bank robbery has been arrested in southwestern Montana.

Apparent suicide at Arlington National Cemetery

06/20/2014 2:00pm
The Army says a man found with a single gunshot wound at Arlington National Cemetery apparently committed suicide.

SE Idaho school could have its charter revoked

06/20/2014 2:01pm
The Public Charter School Commission has issued a letter of intent to revoke a southeastern Idaho school's charter.

UN chief opposes airstrikes on extremists in Iraq

06/20/2014 2:01pm
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that any possible airstrikes against Sunni extremists in Iraq could be ineffective and backfire. He urged Iraq's feuding communities to unite against the terrorists who have captured a vast swath of territory.

Feds to help keep sage grouse off threatened list

06/20/2014 2:02pm
The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve habitat in what one top official says may be the best, last chance to keep the bistate population off the list of threatened species.

New Jersey building collapse kills 1 worker; 2 OK

06/20/2014 2:11pm
A building that was being demolished in southern New Jersey has collapsed and killed a worker.

Gran fondos are cycling events for everyone

06/20/2014 2:11pm
Gran fondos are all about bringing different types of cyclists together.

PIAA overhauls gender rules for high school sports

06/20/2014 2:11pm
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has overhauled gender rules for boys and girls sports teams, which will make it nearly impossible for boys to play on girls' squads but will safeguard and possibly expand opportunities for girls.

Murder charge still pending against woman at 102

06/20/2014 2:20pm
Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

Roberts investing in children's college funds

06/20/2014 2:20pm
The only member of the Supreme Court with school-age children is saving furiously for their college educations.

Mass. woman overcomes paralysis to earn law degree

06/20/2014 2:31pm
AnnaMaria Kiaresh does not consider herself a hero, nor does she consider herself to have done something extraordinary.

US Naval War College holds graduation

06/20/2014 2:41pm
More than 350 military officers and government employees have graduated from the U.S. Naval War College.

$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

06/20/2014 2:41pm
With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

Vegas man found guilty in gasoline fire attack

06/20/2014 2:41pm
A 63-year-old Las Vegas man was acquitted of attempted murder, but convicted of battery, assault and reckless disregard for spraying gasoline on a man who annoyed him and setting it ablaze during an argument at a convenience store in October 2012.

American detained in NKorea has consular visit

06/20/2014 2:41pm
Swedish diplomats acting for the U.S. have visited an American man detained by North Korea weeks ago.

Miss. education leaders back Common Core standards

06/20/2014 2:51pm
Mississippi's top education officials are expressing disappointment with Gov. Phil Bryant for calling Common Core "a failed program." The state superintendent and the chairman of the state Board of Education said Friday that the new academic standards are important to improving achievement in a state that has long lagged behind others.

Vegas hospital claims tuberculosis case defamation

06/20/2014 2:51pm
A Las Vegas hospital is accusing a Nevada personal injury lawyer of defaming it with comments during a May news conference about a lawsuit stemming from a tuberculosis outbreak last year.

Gov't moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

06/20/2014 2:51pm
The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

UM adds gender identity to discrimination policy

06/20/2014 3:01pm
The University of Missouri system has added gender identity and gender expression to the non-discrimination policy at its four campuses.

Southern Oregon University names interim president

06/20/2014 3:11pm
The state Board of Higher Education on Friday appointed Roy H. Saigo as interim president of Southern Oregon University, the Ashland-based school that's cutting academic programs because of budget woes.

Man gets 35 years in prison for fire that killed 9 during birthday sleepover in Cleveland

06/20/2014 3:11pm
Man gets 35 years in prison for fire that killed 9 during birthday sleepover in Cleveland.

Inspector general reviewing KC veteran's death

06/20/2014 3:11pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs' acting inspector general said his office will look into the death of a Missouri veteran who was killed by police after pointing a gun at them, shortly after being told there was a 30-day wait to check in at a VA hospital for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.