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By By BEN NUCKOLS | May 29, 2015 1:36 am
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  • Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter knew what he was doing
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 1:18 am
    James Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane when he opened fire in a suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding scores of others, a court-appointed psychiatrist has testified.
  • Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:48 am
    The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons since it opened in 1942.
  • Authorities eye reopening of goo-struck California beaches
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:48 am
    Crews scouring 7 miles of Southern California beaches had scooped up truckloads of mysterious oily goo Thursday and the area might be clean enough to reopen for the weekend, authorities said.
  • Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:37 am
    Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse -- but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other.
  • Bob Baffert grows into racing's grateful elder statesman
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:18 am
    Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds.
  • At $75 a game, indoor football isn't about the money
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:14 am
    Chuck Wright was hooked the first time he tried professional indoor football. His pay for that game: a $10 bill and six-pack of Bud Light.
  • Quotations in the News
    Associated Press | May 29, 2015 12:06 am
    David Corwin, whose son wrestled in high school for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Hastert was indicted for agreeing to pay millions in hush money to keep a person from the Illinois town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct."
  • Latest on flooding: Body pulled from Houston Ship Channel
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:48 pm
    19 in Texas and four in Oklahoma -- and the number of missing to at least 15.
  • Officials eye river levels in Texas, with focus on Houston
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:48 pm
    Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by the deluge of last weekend.
  • Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:30 pm
    A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican. Before the indictment handed down Thursday, Hastert was remarkable for being a little-known state lawmaker from suburban Chicago who eventually rose to the third-highest office in the land.
  • Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:24 pm
    A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.
  • For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:18 pm
    When Jim Thigpen first met with an investor in early 2012 to discuss selling control of the Tennessee financial firm he had run for more than 20 years, he said W. Wesley Drummon boasted of a business plan that involved $2 billion from the Bank of China. Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City.
  • Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 11:18 pm
    A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it offers few hints about a central question: What was the alleged wrongdoing?
  • Manhunt underway in Kansas after officer shot in head
    Associated Press | May 28, 2015 10:54 pm
    Two people are in custody and a manhunt is underway in southeastern Kansas for a third suspect after an Oklahoma police officer was shot in the head during a traffic pursuit, police said.
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