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  • Walker says Wisconsin governor’s powers will remain strong

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills fellow Republicans approved in a lame-duck legislative session. The lengthy Facebook post , where Walker praised the measures without saying whether he […]
  • California man accused of killing dog that peed on yard

    TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a dog that peed on his yard and car was arrested and faces animal cruelty charges. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday that the dog’s owner contacted officials Saturday after noticing her dog […]
  • Desk duty for detective filmed punching handcuffed man

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff says a white detective filmed punching and kicking a handcuffed black man has been placed on desk duty. Authorities executed warrants on 24-year-old Charles Toney on Dec. 3, two months after he was indicted on drugs and weapons-related charges. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the video posted […]
  • Prosecutors outline death penalty review in synagogue case

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors are outlining the steps they will take as they decide whether to seek the death penalty against the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. In a court filing, the U.S. attorney’s office in Pittsburgh provided details of the review process. It’s expected to last several months. The final decision rests […]
  • Police search Kentucky hills for suspect in triple slaying

    HYDEN, Ky. (AP) — Police are searching a heavily wooded, hilly area of eastern Kentucky after finding three people shot to death in neighboring homes. Kentucky State Police say authorities are looking for a 52-year-old suspect. Trooper Jody Sims says two bodies were found inside one home and the third was found in another Monday […]
  • Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program. Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege that Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients’ prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid. Massachusetts is among several states that prohibit […]
  • Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key safety net programs for the next five years. The conference report signed Monday by members of the House and Senate is the result of months of negotiations. The bill has a price tag of $867 billion […]
  • The Latest: Jury asks about consecutive sentences for Fields

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on jury deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of murder and other charges for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Jurors in the trial of a man convicted of murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at […]
  • US demands answers from Cuba on political prisoners

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight of more than 100 people it says are political prisoners held by the communist government. In an open letter to Cuba’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Cuba has refused to respond to multiple U.S. queries about the eight who […]
  • Florida trial involves murder, infidelity, and alligators

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A trial has begun for a Florida woman accused of helping mastermind the death of her husband to get a $1.75 million insurance payout. Prosecutors on Tuesday said that Denise Williams plotted the December 2000 murder of her husband Mike Williams with Brian Winchester. Winchester married Denise Williams five years later, […]