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  Thieves steal 5 puppies worth $44K in pet store heist caught on camera

  Vietnam War memorial tagged with graffiti in Boston; American flags thrown in creek

  Houston police chief asks public to help to find girl’s body

  ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

Twice in 2 days: Russian warplanes intercepted off coast of Alaska

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Woman, 102, suspected in strangling death of her neighbor, 92

Man accused of stealing a woman’s heart, then her money

  Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slump

Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed

  Florida man takes a bath in kitchen sink at Wendy’s

Congress on cusp of delivering long-overdue disaster aid

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

The new charges go far beyond an initial indictment against Assange made public last month that accused him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in a conspiracy to crack a Defense Department computer password.

  Avoid making these mistakes with the American flag on Memorial Day

These are things you should remember when flying the American flag on Memorial Day.

  McDonald’s workers demand $15 an hour in rallies across nation

Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for the idea that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled to $15 an hour.

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3 billion

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  Pastor asks city to add ‘In God We Trust’ to police cars

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

  3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

62,000 lbs. of beef products recalled amid E. coli concerns

  Dog survives leaping from RV during high-speed chase in Los Angeles

  NOAA predicts a ‘near normal’ 2019 hurricane season for the Atlantic

  Police raid on reporter erupts into 1st Amendment debate

A journalist who participated in unlawfully acquiring information could be successfully prosecuted for a crime, First Amendment expert David Snyder says, but contends a police report is "not a confidential, legally protected document" and its disclosure and publication is lawful.

Bank CEO charged with trying to trade loans for Trump post

Federal prosecutors described the charge in a release, saying Stphen Calk abused his bank position by approving $16 million in high risk loans that were ultimately downgraded by the bank's primary regulator.

  Language teachers face blame for ‘culturally insensitive’ yearbook photos

The teachers dressed in costume according to the language they taught. Some call the photos offensive.

  Cellphone video shows police placing ‘spit mask’ on 12-year-old boy

The boy’s family has asked the Sacramento Police Department for an apology. Police said the boy spit on an officer and that they were just following procedure.

  Man promised to turn self in if wanted poster got 15k ‘likes’ on Facebook

Police say they could have tracked the suspect down based on computer forensics, but it would have required resources usually used on more egregious cases.

US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran, but is aimed at reinforcing security in the region.

  Girl, 10, declared 6th known child to die after US border detention

The deaths of immigrant children in U.S. government custody have sparked calls for investigations and changes to Trump administration policy.

  Lawyers: Incapacitated woman who gave birth, ‘repeatedly raped,’ may have previously been pregnant

Lawyers for the woman, who has been in long-term care since age 3, have filed a $45 million notice of claim against the state of Arizona.

  Baby dies after being left in Fla. daycare van for 5 hours; co-owner arrested

Investigators say the daycare co-owner and van driver neglected to check the 4-month-old girl in and make sure she was removed from the vehicle.

‘Potentially hazardous asteroid’ with its own moon to pass by Earth this weekend

The flyby will be visible starting May 24 and last until May 27.

  Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and battery.

  At least 3 dead in central US storms, with more rain to come

Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.

Judge refuses to block Trump bank subpoenas

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said that Trump and his company were unlikely to succeed in a lawsuit arguing that the subpoenas seeking records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One were unlawful and unconstitutional.

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID’d on Alabama coast

Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday.

  Ford is testing a delivery robot that walks like a human

Ford is known for its automobiles, but the company is taking a different path with its newest product.

Florida woman’s sex act causes driver to run red light, deputies say

Deputies gave the driver a citation, but they weren’t so lenient with his companion.

Police say ‘nice try’ after man gets caught with hand-drawn inspection sticker for car

The fake handwritten inspection sticker didn’t lack for details. It’s creator even included a barcode at the top and a hole punch over the month – just like a real one would have.

Mnuchin says Harriet Tubman $20 bill design delayed past 2020

The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by Mnuchin's predecessor, former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who had served in the Obama administration.

  NC teacher threatened to ‘shoot up’ her elementary school, officials say

Parents entrusted 38-year-old Kristen Thompson with their kids. Now a new picture of the Pathways Elementary School teacher is emerging.

  Troopers: Kentucky triage nurse caught on camera sexually assaulting patient multiple times

Kentucky State Police say Alvin Clark Buckmaster, 49, of Berea, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse after being caught on surveillance video with the victim on nine different occasions at Baptist Health Richmond in October 2018.

Man gives false name to police while wearing his name badge with correct one

The suspect was wearing his name badge around his neck while lying to officers about his name.

  ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released

John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison.

Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off.

Man wanted to bomb Trump Tower, Israeli embassy, Feds say

Jonathan Xie was charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.

NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both approved the measures Wednesday, sending them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

Zoo euthanizes flamingo after child hits it with rock

The zoo director said a juvenile guest accidentally injured the bird on Monday by "skipping a rock into the habitat" at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill.

  Truck falls through upper deck of parking garage in New Jersey

No injuries were reported, according to police.

  3 minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands.

Online groups falsely promote bleach as autism ‘cure’

Many of these so-called cures are recommended in private online groups and prey upon parents’ desires to “heal” their kids of the developmental disorder.

  Here’s how to sniff out spy cameras in Airbnbs

Gary Glarner, owner of WatchDog Surveillance and Spy Gear, shows how detection devices can be used find hidden cameras. The devices can be purchased affordably online.

Man who threatened mass shooting is serial online harasser

Christopher Cleary, 27, called himself a virgin who never had a girlfriend, stoking fears of another deadly rampage by a man blaming women for his problems. The frightening Facebook post fit a pattern of behavior for a troubled man with a history of terrorizing women he met over the internet.

Netflix: What’s coming and going in June

Several Disney-owned films will be leaving in June, as it prepares to offer its own streaming option later this year.

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

Aretha Frankin's lawyer said the wills were shared with Franklin's four sons or their lawyers, but that a deal wasn't reached on whether any should be considered valid.

  Mold found in children’s hospital operating rooms in Wash.

Right now, four of the hospital's 14 operating rooms, along with some of the storage rooms, are closed. Hospital officials say they do quarterly air tests, and they're trying to figure out how the mold got there.

  Man sentenced to life in prison for wife’s 1993 slaying

Michael Haim has maintained his innocence since his 23-year-old wife Bonnie disappeared in 1993.

  Massachusetts worker shocked by power lines after falling from bucket truck

The man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he is undergoing care. The police chief credited the man's peers and another officer with saving his life.

  Parent says teacher cut son’s hair without permission

The family are naturalists and are of Cherokee heritage.

  VIDEO: Wild RV chase ends in crash; dog jumps from moving vehicle

The driver’s identity has not been released. Both dogs are in stable condition. The condition of others injured in the pursuit was unknown.

Another female athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but won't take "any type of medication" to lower her natural testosterone.

  US closes Texas border facility that detained migrant who later died

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it would stop detaining migrants at its processing center in McAllen, Texas, after "a large number" of people in custody were found to have high fevers.

Teen sickened after drinking toilet water given to him by high school classmates, Pa. police say

No charges have been filed in the case, which is being investigated as aggravated assault.

HBO: No ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel planned

There had been rumblings that there could be an opening for a sequel, perhaps featuring Arya Stark as she ventures west of Westeros.

  Teen’s body dropped off at Mass. hospital, the day after she ran away from home

No arrests have been made in connection with the 13-year-old’s death, which is being investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies.

  Ind. kindergartener ‘lunch shamed,' forced to return hot meal over low cafeteria balance

The 6-year-old says she had to walk past about 20 students, some of whom laughed at her, to get the “alternate lunch” of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  Blues beat Sharks, march on to Stanley Cup Final

The St. Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in decades.

  Police detective shoots unarmed panhandler after mistaking him for carjacker, authorities say

The shooting, caught on video, happened after the man approached the plainclothes detective’s unmarked vehicle at a busy intersection in Philadelphia.

  Another day of tornadoes in Midwest, but St. Louis spared

Dangerous storms in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day Tuesday, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but mostly sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path.

  Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday.

  Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains.

New federal charges filed in California synagogue shooting

A federal grand jury handed up a revised indictment against John T. Earnest that adds four counts of discharging a firearm during crimes of violence.

Man indicted in fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle

Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

  Attorneys: Ohio State needs to reveal who knew about abuse

Administrators at Ohio State University should release the names of all coaches, trainers and personnel who knew of but failed to act on complaints about a now-dead team doctor who sexually abused male students for nearly two decades, said attorneys for some of the victims.

Thousands sign petition to make Danny Devito next Wolverine

Lots of folks are getting a good laugh at signing a petition to make Danny Devito the next Wolverine.

Lifer inmates excluded from Washington ‘3 strikes’ change

Washington's 1993 three-strikes law was among the first and stands out as among the nation's strictest.

US Postal Service testing self-driving trucks

The U.S. Postal Service has launched a two-week test using self-driving trucks to transport mail between distribution centers.

  Sheriff’s deputy escapes with minor injuries in Texas train crash

The deputy was waiting at a double set of tracks for one train to clear. As it did, he pulled forward before the crossing arms lifted, not realizing another train was coming from the other direction.

  Maine’s lobster industry hit hard by US-China trade war

The U.S.-China trade war is causing huge drops in Maine's lobster exports.

‘Sesame Street’ introduces Karli, a Muppet in foster care

The new character is named “Karli,” and is a yellow-haired friend of Elmo's who introduces viewers to the concept of “for-now parents."