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May 26, 2016 - 5:22pm
6 min 29 sec ago

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a New Hampshire man who was accused of kidnapping a teenage girl and repeatedly raping her during nine months of captivity (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Law enforcement officers have packed into a New Hampshire courthouse hallway to await the start of a hearing at which a man who pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl plans to enter a change of plea.

Prosecutors...

May 26, 2016 - 5:11pm
6 min 29 sec ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a planned auction of sacred Native American items in France (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The leader of a Native American community in New Mexico is pleading with the French people to stand with his tribe in its fight to keep Paris auction houses from putting up for bid sacred objects.

Acoma Pueblo released the letter from tribal Gov. Kurt Riley on Thursday.

The letter...

May 26, 2016 - 5:09pm
6 min 29 sec ago

HARROLD, Texas (AP) — An unlikely battleground over whether public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice is taking shape in two tiny towns in Texas and Arizona, neither of which currently enrolls anyone who is transgender.

Eleven states suing the Obama administration claim that a new federal directive about transgender students thrusts "seismic changes" upon 100,000 schools nationwide. But only two districts joined the lawsuit —...

May 26, 2016 - 4:55pm
6 min 29 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man found guilty of killing his wife after jurors heard bite-mark testimony that was later recanted.

A unanimous high court cited a new state law inspired by William Richards' murder case in its ruling Thursday. The law says expert opinion that the same expert late repudiates is false evidence.

The Supreme Court said the dentist who provided the bite-mark testimony...

May 26, 2016 - 4:52pm
6 min 29 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man on trial for plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group is testifying in his own defense.

Twenty-one-year-old Guled Ali Omar took the witness stand Thursday after prosecutors finished presenting their case against Omar and two other men. Each man faces multiple counts. The most serious is conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, punishable by life in prison.

Prosecutors have said the men...

May 26, 2016 - 4:51pm
6 min 29 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The feds have a warning for beachgoers in New England over Memorial Day weekend: Don't take selfies with the seals.

Federal officials say people who approach a seal pup can put both themselves and the animal at risk.

In a statement Thursday, the Greater Atlantic Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said it's not unusual for a mother seal to leave her pup on the beach for up to 24 hours while she feeds...

May 26, 2016 - 4:46pm
6 min 29 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they are disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray was convicted.

A number of black leaders say that they had low expectations of seeing anyone found guilty. And they say that bringing about real change in the criminal justice system will require action both inside and outside the courtroom, including pushing for new laws and...

May 26, 2016 - 4:35pm
6 min 29 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on sentencing for the stalkers of two TV news anchors (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

For the second time in two days, a man has been sentenced for stalking a Philadelphia TV news anchor.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1P1guVl ) 39-year-old Havertown resident John Hart was sentenced Thursday to 2 ½ to 5 years in prison for stalking and harassing Erika von Tiehl, formerly of KYW-TV....

May 26, 2016 - 4:27pm
6 min 28 sec ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she's troubled by the auctioning off of objects held sacred by Native American tribes and she's calling on the French government to help find a path toward repatriating the items.

Jewell made the statement Thursday as Paris' EVE auction house prepares to put up for bid hundreds of religious items and art pieces from the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Included are a Plains war shirt made...

May 26, 2016 - 4:24pm
6 min 28 sec ago

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Here are some memorable words and definitions from the final rounds of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Biological terms were particularly challenging, and shorter words often present a greater challenge than longer ones, which are made up of roots that spellers can piece together.

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CACOMIXL: A carnivorous mammal related to the raccoon. Cooper Komatsu of Culver City, California, got this right. He also could have...

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