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Senate confirms Obama's pick to be ambassador to Mexico

20 min 56 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico has been confirmed.

Mayor defends his team after subpoenas in campaign probes

21 min 23 sec ago
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has defended himself and his advisers a day after his office confirmed top aides were subpoenaed by federal and state prosecutors amid investigations into his campaign fundraising operation.

U.S. Army names first female infantry officer

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Captain Kristen Griest participates training at the U.S. Army Ranger School on Ft. Benning GeorgiaCaptain Kristen Griest became the U.S. Army's first female infantry officer this week, the Army said, in a milestone for the U.S. military as it opens up combat roles for women. Griest was one of two women who made history last year after becoming one of the first female soldiers to pass the Army's grueling course to qualify for the elite Rangers unit. Earlier this month, the Army said it had approved requests from more than 20 women to enter the infantry and armor branches, both of which face the possibility of combat.

EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday.

The Latest: High-speed rail board approves revised plan

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 High-speed rail board approves revised planSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California board meeting to discuss the revised high-speed rail plan (all times local):

Large graffiti carved at Arches National Park in Utah

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In this April 15, 2016, photo, released by the National Park Service shows carved graffiti at Frame Arch at Arches National Park. Officials at Utah's Arches National Park are investigating large graffiti so deeply carved into one of the park's famous red rock arches that it might be impossible to erase. (Alice deAnguera/National Park Service via AP)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said.

The Latest: Competency hearing ends for day without ruling

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In this Nov. 28, 2015 file photo, police investigators work near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a deadly shooting Friday. The man who acknowledges killing three people at the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic will return to court for a discussion of his mental health. The hearing on Thursday, April 28, 2016, will focus on whether 57-year-old Robert Dear is competent to continue with his criminal case. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The latest on a mental competency hearing for a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic: (All times local)

Police chief: No apparent warning before Wisconsin man shot

51 min 30 sec ago
NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police chief says a dashcam video appears to show that officers who fatally shot an armed hostage in December gave no warning before they fired outside a motorcycle shop.

VIDEO: Jamie Apody speaks with local draft prospect

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 Jamie Apody speaks with local draft prospectNFL Draft prospect Eli Apple, a native of Voorhees, New Jersey, spoke with Jamie Apody on the red carpet. Apple was accompanied by his mother, Annie Apple, who is a former 6abc intern.

Brother, others related to San Bernardino shooters arrested

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Members of the media stand outside the home of Syed Raheel Farook, the elder brother of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, after the FBI served a warrant to the location, in Corona, Calif., Thursday, April 28, 2016. Syed Raheel Farook was arrested with two others Thursday in what prosecutors say was a marriage scheme to fraudulently allow one of them to remain in the United States. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people with close family ties to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack were arrested Thursday in an alleged marriage fraud scheme involving a pair of Russian sisters.

Signatures readied to qualify gun control measure for ballot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun control proponents intend to turn in more than a half-million signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot to tighten California's already tough gun laws, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a sponsor of the measure, said Thursday.

Sea lion that made strange, 50-mile trek to ranch found dead

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In this April 15, 2016, photo provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a wayward California sea lion sits in the driveway of the Soggy Bottom Farm near Oakville, Wash., about 50 miles from the ocean. The sea lion was released into Puget Sound the same day and a week later it was found dead under a bridge in Olympia, Wash. Biologists are trying to determine what killed it. (WDFW Officer Lance Martin/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean.

The Latest: Jazzfest is so much more than just music

1 hour 8 min ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local):

Man in panda suit shot after alleged bomb threat at Baltimore Fox affiliate

1 hour 9 min ago

mdf3512047Three Baltimore police officers opened fire on the man as he emerged from WBFF and ignored police orders to take his hands out of his pockets, police spokesman T.J. Smith told a news conference. WBFF reported on its website that the suspect, described by police as a 25-year-old man from Howard County, Maryland, broke into the station demanding that it cover a story about an unspecified government conspiracy. The station said the suspect made a bomb threat during the incident.

Graffiti at Utah's Arches National Park may be irreparable

1 hour 15 min ago

General view of the Arches National Park in Moab, Utah(Reuters) - Graffiti etched into one of the popular red rock arches in Utah's Arches National Park may be too deep to be repaired, the park's superintendent said on Thursday. The site of the graffiti is near a hiking trail to one of the park's main attractions, Delicate Arch, a 64-feet high sandstone structure that has been known to draw hundreds of visitors at a time. Defacing a national park can lead to a sentence of six months in prison and a $500 fine, according to the website for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Zoo defends decision not to kill tiger that attacked keeper

1 hour 22 min ago
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The president of a Florida zoo defended Thursday the decision to tranquilize and not kill a rare Malayan tiger that had fatally attacked a keeper and was preventing rescuers from giving her aid.

Official: Prescription drugs at Prince's home when he died

1 hour 24 min ago

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported that prescription painkillers were found on the musician and in his home. The Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn't clear whether they had been prescribed to Prince. Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. He was 57. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered at Prince's home when the musician was found dead in his Paisley Park complex in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Church member charged with fatal shooting at Sunday service

1 hour 27 min ago

This photo provided by Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office shows Mark Storms. Storms is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting at Keystone Fellowship Church in North Wales,Pa., on Sunday, April 24, 2016. (Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office via AP)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A member of a suburban church was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of another churchgoer in an altercation during Sunday services.

Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

1 hour 34 min ago

FILE - This 1978 file photo shows actor-director John Wayne. California lawmakers have defeated a resolution intended to honor Wayne after opponents challenged what they say are racist statements by the late actor. Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper, of Huntington Beach, sought to declare May 26, 2016, as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born. (AP Photo, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have defeated a resolution intended to honor John Wayne after opponents challenged what they say are racist statements by the late actor.

U.S. teen births hit historic low with plunge in minority rate

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A child is held next to people pushing baby prams in San Francisco(Reuters) - The birth rate among teenagers in the United States has fallen to a historic low, with births by black and Hispanic teens down by nearly half over the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday. Birth rates for all American teenagers are down 40 percent since 2006, thanks in part to prevention programs that address socioeconomic conditions such as unemployment and lower education levels, the CDC said. The birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 women in this age group is down 9 percent from 2013 and the lowest among 15- to 19-year-olds since 1940, the CDC said.