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Post Falls woman sentenced to 60 months in prison for cyberstalking, arson

POST FALLS, Idaho — A woman from Post Falls was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for cyberstalking her ex-boyfriend and setting his house on fire. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Kimberly Ann Brischle, 56, and ordered her to pay more than $175,000 in restitution for her damages. According to court documents, Brischle began sending her ex-boyfriend…

VP Harris tells Buffalo mourners: Stand up for what's right

The last of the victims of a gunman’s racist attack on Black people at a Buffalo supermarket is being memorialized at a service that has become a call to action. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday urged the mourners to stand up for what's right. At 86, Ruth Whitfield was the oldest of the 10 people killed. Whitfield was inside the Tops Friendly Market after visiting her husband of 68 years in a nursing home when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire May 14. He is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump called for holding all “accomplices” in the crime accountable.

Ex-Proud Boys leader to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial

A federal judge has ruled that former Proud Boys national chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio must remain jailed while awaiting trial on charges that he conspired with other members of the far-right extremist group to attack the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said in an order issued late Friday that Tarrio poses a danger to the public. The judge refused to release Tarrio on bond. An indictment in March charged Tarrio and others with plotting to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and interfere with the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, which Democrat Joe Biden won over Republican President Donald Trump.

FBI records on search for fabled gold raise more questions

A scientific analysis commissioned by the FBI shortly before agents went digging for buried treasure suggests that a huge quantity of gold could be below the surface of a rural site in western Pennsylvania. That's according to newly released government documents and photos that deepen the mystery of the 2018 dig at Dent's Run. The report was authored by a geophysicist who performed testing at the site. The government has long claimed its excavation did not yield any of the Civil War-era gold that legend says was buried there. The newly revealed geophysical survey was part of a court-ordered release of government records on the FBI’s treasure hunt.

Suspected serial killer charged in Missouri over 7th death

A suspected serial killer already charged in six killings in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas has been charged with first-degree murder in a seventh death. Jackson Couty Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the new murder charge against 26-year-old Perez Deshay Reed on Friday. Baker also charged Reed with one count of armed criminal action and two counts of fraud involving a credit or debit device. The new charges stem from the November 2021 shooting death of Stephon D. Johnson in Kansas City, Missouri. Reed is also charged in four killings in the St. Louis area in September, and two more in Wyandotte County, Kansas, in October.

Judge gives initial OK to $1B deal in Florida condo collapse

A Florida judge has given initial approval to a settlement of more than $1 billion to families who lost loved ones in the collapse last year of a Florida beachfront condominium building in which 98 people died. The quick settlement Saturday of the unprecedented collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South building means that potentially years of court battles will be avoided. The agreement had been announced on Friday and had been awaiting Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman's approval. Hanzman said it was the best possible outcome given the loss of life and property in the June 2021 disaster.

The names: 19 children, 2 teachers killed in Uvalde school

Nineteen children were looking forward to a summer filled with Girl Scouts and soccer and video games. Two teachers were closing out a school year that they started with joy and that had held such promise. They’re the 21 people who were killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Some families have been willing to share their stories with The Associated Press and other media. Others asked for privacy.

Officials confirm monkeypox infection in King County man

Health officials in Washington state say a case of the monkeypox virus has been confirmed in the Seattle area. On Friday the state Department of Health and Public Health — Seattle & King County confirmed the infection in a King County man who recently traveled to a country where other monkeypox cases had been identified. The man wasn’t hospitalized and is recovering at home. The Seattle Times reports that no additional presumptive monkeypox cases had been found in King County, though health officials continue to look for others who might have been exposed to the virus.

A look at big US legal settlements amid Surfside's $1B deal

The proposed settlement of more than $1 billion as compensation for the 98 people who died in a Florida condominium collapse is far from the largest in U.S. history. Even adding in the $96 million proposed for property owners in the Champlain Towers South disaster wouldn’t bring it close to the biggest such legal deals. Those include settlements in the wake of Sept. 11 and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig explosion, as well as a 2008 deal over Enron's accounting fraud scandal and a 1998 settlement involving four cigarette makers.

Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle

Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted that European nations halt sanctions on his country and weapons shipments to Ukraine. Putin held a three-way telephone call on Saturday with the leaders of France and Germany. The Kremlin says the Russian leader affirmed Moscow's openness to resuming talks to end the fighting. But Russia’s recent progress in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region could embolden Putin to keep pursuing his military goals in the neighboring country. Moscow claimed that its forces had captured another small city in the Donbas, the second this week. After failing to occupy Ukraine's capital, Russia set out to seize the last parts of the eastern region not controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists.

Judge orders US to decide if wolverines need protection

A federal judge has given U.S. wildlife officials 18 months to decide if wolverines should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The move follows years of dispute over how much risk climate change and other threats pose to the rare and elusive predators. Thursday's order from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy comes after environmentalists challenged a 2020 decision under the Trump administration to withhold protections for the animals in the lower 48 states, where no more than 300 of the animals are thought to remain. Environmentalists argued that wolverines face localized extinction as a result of climate change, habitat fragmentation and low genetic diversity.

Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probe

The actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers moved swiftly to the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. The delay in confronting the shooter — who was inside the school for more than an hour — could lead to discipline, lawsuits and even criminal charges against police.