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Lawyer no longer wants new mental exam for bomb plot suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of trying to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank has asked a federal judge to withdraw her request for a mental examination of the suspect. Defense attorney...

Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard University

WASHINGTON (AP) — James Comey — the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump — will give a series of lectures at Howard University. The historically black college in the nation’s capital says Comey will be the keynote speaker at the...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. Faced with an angry backlash for defending white supremacists' right to march in Charlottesville, Va., the American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a suggestion in its ranks that was once considered heresy: Maybe some speech isn't worth defending. Cracks in ACLU's strict adherence to the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech - no matter how offensive - opened from the moment a counter protester was killed in Charlottesville. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is reeling from criticism inside and out for defending the right of white supremacists to march in Charlottesville, Virginia. After the death of a counter-protester at the rally, some critics said the ACLU...

The Latest: California dad gets 25-to-life for son’s killing

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California father who murdered his 5-year-old son amid a bitter custody battle (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A California man who admitted killing his 5-year-old son amid a bitter custody battle has...

Attorney: Failed nuclear project shortchanged ratepayers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An attorney representing South Carolina’s major industries says ratepayers have repeatedly been shortchanged by a decade-old state law encouraging nuclear power construction, but state regulators can reject a utility’s...

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EPA taps Alabama business lobbyist to lead Southeast region

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named a business lobbyist and ex-environmental regulator as regional administrator for the office that oversees eight Southeastern states. Former Alabama Department of Environmental Management...

Phillip Butler speaks during a news conference at his attorney's office in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. The Butlers, victims of a cross burning on their property forty years ago, is questioning the sincerity of Catholic Priest William Aitcheson, a Ku Klux Klan "wizard", who has come forward after decades about his past. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Cross-burning victims to priest: Apology is not enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — An African-American family that suffered a cross-burning 40 years ago in Maryland has more questions than answers after discovering that the former Klansman responsible has been a Catholic priest in Nevada and Virginia. Phillip and Barbara...

In this Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 photo, stacks of hay donated to help farmers and ranchers affected by drought point skyward at a collection site on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. The North Dakota Agriculture Department says it has received more than 900 applications for hay from producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. About 82 percent of North Dakota, 76 percent of South Dakota and 70 percent of Montana are in some stage of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Getting drought-relief hay to Northern Plains no easy task

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Farmers around the country are donating tons of hay for ranchers whose livestock are suffering from the drought in the Northern Plains, but the officials and groups lining up the aid aren’t finding it easy getting the feed to the...

This August 2017 photo provided by Poodle Rescue Connecticut shows a poodle named Oreo afflicted with a 6.4-pound tumor at the animal rescue in Naugatuck, Conn. The group took custody of the poodle mix earlier in the month after a neighbor noticed the animal struggling with the large growth. The Watertown Animal Hospital performed the surgery to remove the growth. (Daryl Masone/Poodle Rescue Connecticut via AP)

Poodle gets tumor that’s a third of its body weight removed

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — A poodle named Oreo is on the mend after having a 6.4-pound (2.9-kilogram) tumor removed — nearly a third of its body weight. Daryl Masone says her group, Poodle Rescue Connecticut, got custody of the 6-year-old, 26-pound...

President Donald Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again," rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump does what he accuses media of doing

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump accused the media of selectively quoting from his remarks about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, to create a misimpression that he had not unequivocally denounced racist conduct. Then the...

Grandmother: Church played role in disputed Kansas firing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The grandmother of a woman suing over her 2013 firing from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office testified that her granddaughter’s failure to go to church factored into her dismissal. Margie Canfield also told...

Lawsuit: School created culture of abuse and excessive force

A civil rights lawsuit accuses a Pittsburgh-area school with a history of racial tension of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them. The lawsuit was filed...

Attorneys close to picking jury for trial of Sen. Menendez

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys have selected a jury for the upcoming corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. The panel of six men and six women plus four alternates was selected Wednesday afternoon, a day after the questioning began. Menendez and a...

The Latest: Christian sect leader denies sex abuse charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a New Mexico military-style Christian sect facing child abuse charges (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A leader of a New Mexico paramilitary Christian sect rocked by child sex abuse arrests is strongly denying that his...

Flint City Councilman Eric Mays looks over paperwork before Judge William H. Crawford arraigns him on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Genesee District Court  on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Flint, Mich. Mays followed by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect by a public official, in relation to allegedly pawning a city-issued laptop nine time in the last two years.Mays will not be sentenced until after the November election. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Flint, Michigan councilman pawned his government laptop

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city council member accused of pawning his publicly owned laptop has pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. The misdemeanor charge against Flint Councilman Eric Mays was announced Wednesday. Genesee County prosecutor...

This photo shows the University of Connecticut's downtown Hartford campus shortly after it officially opened on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. UConn students and faculty are scheduled to begin classes Monday, Aug. 28, in the capital city. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

UConn opens downtown satellite campus in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has opened a satellite campus in downtown Hartford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and university president Susan Herbst have cut the ribbon in a ceremony at the campus Wednesday. About 2,300 UConn students and...

Charlottesville workers begin covering Confederate statue in black as city mourns death at white supremacist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville workers begin covering Confederate statue in black as city mourns death at white supremacist...

The Latest: 2 escaped inmates sought in northwest Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the search in Oklahoma for two inmates who escaped a prison transfer service. (all times local): 1:35 p.m. An Oklahoma sheriff says two escaped inmates who stole a prisoner transport van may be armed even though one of the...

Ohio officer seen striking man on video suspended 15 days

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A white Ohio police officer seen in a cellphone video repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on the pavement after a traffic stop has been suspended without pay for 15 days. Euclid (YOO’-klid) Police Chief Scott Meyer...

Dad pleads guilty to manslaughter in 3-year-old son’s death

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of killing his 3-year-old son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated manslaughter. David Creato Jr.’s plea came just...

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