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Hawley seeks civil rights probe in case of St. Louis couple

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:41am

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of abusing her power in her investigation of a white couple who wielded guns while defending their home during a protest.

Iowa drug kingpin who killed 5 people in 1993 to be executed

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:31am

A ruthless Iowa meth kingpin who killed five people, including two young girls, in 1993 to thwart his prosecution for drug trafficking is set to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week.

Video: Walmart shopper pulls gun on man in dispute over mask

Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:07am

An unmasked man pulled a gun on a masked shopper and threatened to kill him during an apparent confrontation over masks at a Florida Walmart store, sheriff's officials said.

3 more states share license data for citizenship efforts

Stephen Groves and Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:03am

Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota have now joined Nebraska in agreeing to share state driver's license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration to determine the citizenship status of every U.S. resident.

VIRUS DIARY: Perfect pregnancy plans, ruined by a pandemic

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:36am

It was the day after April Fool’s when I stared at a tiny window on a pregnancy test and watched a very clear plus sign quickly appear. I sprinted from my side of the house to my husband’s office (see: bathroom), banged on the door like a crazed person and jumped up and down as a I told him the news.

UK, US, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:04am

Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

Court drops split-jury verdict in killing of NFL's McKnight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 6:13am

An appeals court has granted the killer of NFL player Joe McKnight a new trial because his manslaughter conviction was delivered by a split jury.

US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak

Damini Sharma, Weihua By Of The Marshall Project, Denise Lavoie and Claudia Lauer Of The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 6:03am

Stephanie Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19.

Number of laid-off workers seeking jobless aid stuck at 1.3M

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 4:29am

The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, an historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as the viral outbreak intensifies.

Supreme Court clears the way for second federal execution in as many days.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 12:59am

Supreme Court clears the way for second federal execution in as many days.

Stacked chairs a symbol of California reclosing amid virus

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:05pm

When restaurants and bars began reopening in California after a stay-at-home order, employees took down caution tape, hung “Welcome Back” signs and placed chairs neatly around tables in preparation for customers.

California counties see virus spikes; Rose Parade canceled

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:03pm

School districts barred campus reopenings, the Rose Parade was canceled and San Francisco doubled down on business restrictions as California hit a near-record level of confirmed coronavirus cases amid a surging outbreak.

Sailors battle hot spots aboard burning U.S. Navy warship

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:02pm

Sailors are inching their way through the bowels of a U.S. Navy warship in Southern California to douse every smoldering hot spot from a fire that has burned for days aboard the docked vessel.

US executes 2nd man in a week; lawyers said he had dementia

Michael Balsamo and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:46pm

The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution this week following a hiatus of nearly two decades, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed.

Illinois woman faces up to 60-year term in slaying of son, 5

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:01pm

A northern Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of her 5-year-old son faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in state prison when she returns to court on Thursday.

Georgia gov. explicitly voids mask orders in 15 localities

Jeff Amy and Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:56pm

Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp is explicitly banning Georgia's cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places. He voided orders on Wednesday that at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks.

Rapper Kanye West files for Oklahoma presidential ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:43pm

Rap superstar Kanye West has qualified to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot, the first state where he met the requirements before the filing deadline.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp explicitly voids local mask mandates, as other states order face coverings to fight pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:42pm

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp explicitly voids local mask mandates, as other states order face coverings to fight pandemic.

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 6:49pm

President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.