Explosions and fires have ripped through an ammunition depot in Russia-annexed Crimea in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week. The blasts forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 people. Russia is blaming the explosions on an “act of sabotage” without na…
The day after Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters fired all nine members of the state commission that oversees public defense, she said Tuesday that she was appointing four new commissioners and reappointing five commissioners from the previous group. Oregon Public Broadcasting…
A federal jury has been impaneled R. Kelly’s to decide multiple charges against the R&B singer, as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued about whether the government improperly sought to keep some Blacks from the jury. Kelly, who is Black, is accused of enticing minors for sex, produc…
Jeff Bohnert had all but given up on seeing his poodle-hound mix again after she went missing in early June. Two months later, he got a text from a neighbor: People exploring a nearby cave found a dog. Could it be Abby? Curious, Bohnert went to the cave site not far from his rural Missouri h…
Iran says it has submitted a “written response” to what has been described as a final roadmap to restore its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency offered no details Tuesday on the substance of it response, but suggested that Tehran still wouldn’t take th…
Amazon has complained to federal regulators that they're hounding company founder Jeff Bezos and senior executives. The e-commerce giant says regulators are making impossible-to-satisfy demands in their investigation of Amazon Prime, the popular streaming and shopping service with free deliv…
For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures more drought. Federal officials made the announcement Tuesday. The cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about wh…
Fox News is getting into the movies, producing its first feature film that will debut Sept. 1 on the Fox Nation streaming service. “The Shell Collector” is an adaptation of a story by romance novelist Nancy Naigle, who has had several of her books made into movies for the Hallmark Channel. The story about a widow trying to build a new life in a seaside town debuts on Fox Nation on Sept. 1, and is the first of four films that Fox News is debuting over the next year. Fox follows CNN, which has a successful film division that produces documentaries.
A man has been arrested after reportedly making violent threats against the FBU personnel online following the agency’s search warrant of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has the story.
A central Illinois jury has found a man guilty of killing his wife, son and neighbor on Christmas Day 2019. The Livingston County jury convicted 55-year-old Clifford Brewer of Cullom of murder in the three slayings. It returned the verdicts Tuesday a few hours after receiving the case. The 55-year-old Brewer told police he woke up to find his wife, 48-year-old Shirley Brewer; his son, 27-year-old Christian Brewer, and his neighbor, 51-year-old Norman Walker, dead in his home. They were all found with single gunshot wounds to their heads. Prosecutors described Brewer’s deteriorating relationship with his wife and his desire for a divorce.
A former U.S. Congressman from central California was arrested Tuesday by federal agents on wire fraud, money laundering, and campaign contribution fraud charges stemming from “multiple fraud schemes.” Terrance “T.J.” Cox was arrested by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Fresno, where he was booked to the Fresno County jail on a U.S. Marshals hold. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. Cox, a Democrat, represented the 21st Congressional District from January 2019 to January 2021.
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Kansas has begun a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights. Nine of the state's 105 counties were forced to do the recount by two Republican activists. Voters earlier this month rejected a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict abortion or ban it. The measure failed by 18 percentage points or 165,000 votes statewide. But state law allows any registered voter to ask for a recount on a statewide ballot question, and the two GOP activists provided credit cards to cover the roughly $120,000 in costs.
Police say two airline ticket agents were hurt when a 33-year-old California man breached security at Harry Reid International Airport on Sunday, sparking panic among travelers, flight delays and cancellations. Neither injury was described as serious in a Las Vegas police report made public Tuesday comparing the incident to terrorism. Stefan Hutchison, of Oakland, told arresting officers he wanted to go home immediately, not wait for a flight on Monday. Police said he had also been arrested Saturday at the airport after pushing past TSA screening gates. Hutchison remains jailed in Las Vegas ahead of a court date on Wednesday. A deputy public defender who represented him declined to comment about the case.
Two lawyers and two journalists are suing the CIA, saying the agency obtained copies of the contents of their electronic devices and helped enable the recording of their meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages in a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. They say they suffer considerable emotional distress and anxiety from the uncertainty and concerns about how their personal and privileged information is being used. They say the illegal spying may have violated the rights of over 100 Americans who visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The CIA declined to comment.
Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney, a leader in the Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, is fighting to save her seat in the House on Tuesday. Voters in Alaska as well as Wyoming are weighing in on the direction of the GOP. Cheney is bracing for a loss against a Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman, who has harnessed the full fury of the Trump movement. Win or lose, Cheney is vowing to remain an active presence in national politics as she contemplates a 2024 presidential bid. In Alaska, a new nonpartisan primary system is giving a periodic Trump critic, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an opportunity to survive the former president's wrath.
Two brothers from Mexico are facing federal charges after fleeing from U.S. authorities in July and crashing their vehicle, killing two and injuring 10 others just miles from the international border. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 21-year-old Jorge Garcia-Rascon and 19-year-old Julio Garcia-Rascon have been charged with conspiracy to smuggle immigrants resulting in death. They will remain in custody pending trial. Their lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Court documents state the brothers had been smuggled themselves and one of them was transporting other migrants to pay off his debt for being brought to the United States.
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, has been ordered to report to a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado in two weeks. A court order filed Tuesday says Lane must report to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in the Denver suburb of Littleton at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30. While U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson had recommended that the Bureau of Prisons send Lane to the low-security prison camp in Duluth, which is closer to his home, the bureau makes the final decisions.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has confirmed that he’s considering calling a special legislative session, saying rumors of the effort are “relatively right.” The Republican governor on Tuesday said a special session would only occur if a “pretty good agreement” exists with the Legislature. Little says there are a lot of hurdles to get over. A statement from the governor's office says Little wants to help Idaho residents dealing with high inflation. A potential special session would appear to use the state's projected $2 billion surplus to counteract inflation. That could mean passing some type of tax rebate to take effect this year.
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Attorneys for a mother charged with conspiring to kill her children in Idaho and steal their social security benefits have asked a judge to send the case back to a grand jury because they say the current indictment is confusing. Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell have pleaded not guilty to murder, conspiracy and grand theft charges in connection with the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. They could face the death penalty if convicted. Vallow Daybell’s attorneys said Tuesday that the conspiracy charges are oddly constructed and could confuse a jury. Judge Steven Boyce is expected to issue a ruling on the matter later.
The U.S. government is moving forward with its plan to award new tax credits to electric vehicle purchasers. It's part of the rollout of a huge new climate, tax and healthcare law. Several new websites launched Tuesday to help people identify which vehicles qualify for the credits. Based on data submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 31 new 2022 and 2023 models qualify for the tax credit. For starters, they must be made in North America to be eligible. President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law on Tuesday afternoon. It includes a tax credit of up to $7,500 that could be used to defray the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle.
The special board appointed by President Joe Biden to intervene in stalled railroad contract talks has submitted recommendations on how to settle the deal covering 115,000 rail workers and avert a strike. Details on the arbitrators' suggestions weren’t immediately available Tuesday. Railroads and unions will use those recommendations as the basis for a new round of talks over the next month. If an agreement can't be reached by mid September, federal law would allow a strike, but Congress is likely to intervene before then to keep the supply chain moving.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed no regret for the deadly attack by Palestinian militants against Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics half a century ago. Eleven Israeli athletes and a German police officer died after the Black September group took hostages at the Olympic Village in 1972. At the time of the attack, the group was linked to Abbas’ Fatah party. Asked Tuesday whether as Palestinian leader he planned to apologize for the attack ahead of the 50th anniversary next month, Abbas responded by citing allegations of atrocities committed by Israel since 1947. Speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after a meeting in Berlin, Abbas described Israel's action as “Holocausts.” Scholz later called the comments “unacceptable.”
North Carolina's intermediate-level appeals court has ruled in a case involving the challenges of prosecuting a marijuana charge when hemp is lawful and looks and smells the same as pot. Tuesday's state Court of Appeals ruling found no errors related to the conviction of a man stopped by Duplin County officers in 2017. The defendant — Derek Edwin Highsmith — sought for his trial to suppress evidence obtained through a search of a vehicle after a K-9 alerted officers to possible drugs inside. The appeals court agreed the local judge adequately explained there were other factors that gave officers probable cause to conduct the search.
A New York judge has ruled in favor of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and against a state ethics commission that wanted him to give up $5 million he was paid to write a book. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics initially approved Cuomo's request to write a book in 2020, but later withdrew the approval. It alleged Cuomo violated ethics guidelines by abusing his position for personal benefit. Cuomo sued, saying the commission was biased against him and violated his due process rights. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul disbanded the commission this year. It isn’t clear whether the new commission will continue trying to claw back Cuomo’s book money.
A federal appeals court has upheld Arkansas' use of the sedative midazolam in its lethal injections. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court judge's 2020 ruling upholding the state's execution process. The ruling comes more than five years since Arkansas raced to execute eight inmates over 11 days before its batch of midazolam expired. The state ultimately put four men to death after courts halted the other four executions. Arkansas hasn't carried out any more executions since then and doesn't have any scheduled.
Federal investigators say a man who jumped to his death from a small airplane in North Carolina appeared to be upset over damaging the landing gear during a failed runaway approach. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash Tuesday. The plane’s pilot in command told federal investigators that his copilot “became visibly upset about the hard landing” after they diverted to another airport. The report said the copilot lowered the ramp in the back of the airplane. He then “removed his headset, apologized and departed the airplane via the aft ramp door.” The incident occurred July 29 about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Charles Hew Crooks did not have a parachute.