Grand jury indicts Alaska man tied to girl’s death

U.S. 09/20/18, 22:55

An Alaska man physically took the cellphone away from a 10-year-old girl who was later found dead, and he lied to authorities when he said he found her phone on the ground, according to a federal grand jury indictment filed Thursday.The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage charges ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen providing info in Mueller probe

U.S. 09/20/18, 20:45

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer claims to be providing "critical information" in the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges last month, tweeted Thursday that he provided information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement.The tweet was ...

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

California 09/20/18, 19:28

If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child's meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic ...

Low-key senator steps into spotlight, tells men to “step up”

U.S. 09/20/18, 18:22

The often low-key Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono has been thrust into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in defense of a woman who says she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Kavanaugh denies that account, which Christine Blasey Ford says happened when ...

Arizona licenses for nonprofit housing migrant kids at risk

California 09/20/18, 18:05

Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant children after it missed a deadline to show that all its employees passed background checks.Texas-based Southwest Key demonstrated an "astonishingly flippant attitude" toward the state's concerns about delayed background checks for workers at its eight Arizona ...

Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years

U.S. 09/20/18, 17:33

A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday.Ear Spring on Yellowstone's Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday to spewing steam and water between 20 and 30 feet (6 and 9 ...

Warrant: New Mexico observatory closure linked to child porn

California 09/20/18, 17:28

An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month sparking popular rumors of alien visitors appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation.A search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces last week shows that the FBI began investigating after a ...

Native American teens pulled from college tour want changes

U.S. 09/20/18, 16:34

An attorney for two Native American brothers pulled from a Colorado State University tour earlier this year asked the school for policy changes, saying Thursday that campus officers violated the teens' constitutional rights by stopping them and patting them down without any suspicion of a crime.A letter from American Civil ...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

U.S. 09/20/18, 16:29

Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual abuse and harassment, and ...