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Last Updated May 28, 2015 04:29PM

Washington • Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they’ll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his (at)POTUS handle last …

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2001, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Corey Koskie, left, is tagged out at home plate by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Darrin Fletcher during a baseball game in Minneapolis. Fletcher's son Casey Fletcher, who plays right field for the University of Illinois baseball team, is having whirlwind season. If Casey plays pro ball, he'll be the fourth generation of his family to do so, including his dad, the former big league catcher. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) Ex-U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on bank-related charges
    Chicago • Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Il...
    Updated May 28 2015 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided May 28, 2015 by the Sedalia, Missouri, Police Department shows the crate where they say a Sedalia man held a woman captive before she escaped and was later shot to death. James Barton Horn was accused of holding Sandra Sutton captive off-and-on for months in Sedalia, Mo., before she escaped last month. Sutton and her 17-year-old son, Zachary Wade Sutton, were found shot to death last week at a relative’s home in Clinton, where Sutton had gone to live after escaping Horn. (Sedalia Police Department via AP) Police release photos of crate where woman was held captive before escaping and being killed
    Sedalia, Mo. • Police have released photos of the crate where they say a Missouri man held a woman captive before she escaped and was later shot to de...
    Updated May 28 2015 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial say they are moving closer toward the heart of their case: whether Holmes was legally insane when he committed one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File) Psychiatrist: Colorado theater shooter ‘knew what he was doing’
    Centennial, Colo. • A state-appointed psychiatrist who examined James Holmes two years after his attack on a Colorado movie theater said Thursday that...
    Updated May 28 2015 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Gay Head Lighthouse rests on a wooden cradle, supported by a I-beam rail, in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The 160-year-old lighthouse started a multi-day trek to a new home slightly further inland.   The $3 million effort to move and save the structure was due to fear that it could tumble down a rapidly-eroding cliffside. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse begins inching inland
    Aquinnah, Mass. • A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march back from a ...
    Updated May 28 2015 02:45 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Resort town sees crime fall after mankini ban
    London • It was one small ban for mankinis, one giant step for an English seaside resort town. Officials in Newquay say crime has fallen since they cr...
    Updated May 28 2015 10:46 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Wednesday, May 6, 2015 photo, Victoria Goss, founder of Last Chance Corral, caresses a young foal in Athens, Ohio. “We wanted to put our efforts into something that people don’t want to work with, which is newborns,” said Goss. “We needed to at least give them a chance.” (AP Photo/John Minchillo) AP Gallery: Farm lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive
    Athens, Ohio • Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive. At The Last Chance...
    Updated May 27 2015 10:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Northern Ireland bakery owners to appeal ‘gay cake’ verdict
    London • The owners of a Northern Ireland bakery that refused to bake a cake supporting gay marriage said Thursday they would appeal their conviction ...
    Updated May 28 2015 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2014, provided byt by Wildlife Conservation Society a poached elephant lays in the Mozambican bush after been shot dead by poacher gunfire. Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbers are increasing as a result of anti-poaching measures, according to aerial surveys. (Alastair Nelson/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP) Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers
    Johannesburg • Poachers slaughtering elephants in Mozambique cut their population almost in half from 2009 to last year, but in Uganda, elephant numbe...
    Updated May 28 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • A 500,000-year-old clue reveals world’s oldest known murder
    Nearly half a million years ago, an ancient human was murdered. With two brutal blows to the head, the attacker fractured his victim’s skull, killing ...
    Updated May 28 2015 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • In an August 2012 photo, a bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball is displayed in in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the village of Celoron, NY., Lucy's home town. Since the sculpture was unveiled in 2009, the statue has been blasted by critics who say it bears little or no likeness to the popular 1950s sitcom actress and comedian. A Lucy fan has donated $20,000 to replace the statue.  (AP Photo/The Post-Journal) (AP Photo/The Post-Journal) Lucille Ball fan donates $20K to replace ‘Scary Lucy’ statue
    Celoron, N.Y. • A Massachusetts businessman has donated $20,000 to replace an infamous statue of comedian Lucille Ball that’s located in her western N...
    Updated May 28 2015 10:22 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This undated file photo shows two slices of the famed Swiss Emmental cheese. The mystery of the disappearing holes in the famous Swiss cheese has been solved: the milk is too clean. A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny pieces of hey dust are responsible for the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller as they said in a statement Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Christoph Ruckstuhl/Keystone via AP, File) Hay! Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved
    Berlin • The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk’s too clean. A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that ...
    Updated May 28 2015 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • In this May 25, 2015 photo is the box culvert where Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley was trapped and drowned on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. Farley and another firefighter who tried to rescue him were pulled into the drain pipe. The other firefighter traveled 200 yards until he was ejected from the pipe and survived the near-drowning, but Farley got caught inside and died. His drowning highlights the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and emergency workers. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains
    The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm...
    Updated May 28 2015 08:33 am   |     |   Share
  • St. George among 3 possible host cities for Ironman World Championship
    St. George • Three cities are in the running to host 2017’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The Spectrum reports St. George joins Chattanooga, Tenn.,...
    Updated May 28 2015 09:35 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015 pool photo Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. Putin said in televised comments Thursday, May 28, 2015, that it is Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs
    Moscow • Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take th...
    Updated May 28 2015 08:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote
    Lincoln, Neb. • Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who...
    Updated May 27 2015 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Joel Venable examines the remains of a friend's vacation home that was swept down the swollen Blanco River, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Wimberley, Texas. Authorities say recovery teams will resume looking for as many as a dozen missing people, in an area where punishing rains have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and killed at least three people statewide this weekend. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19
    Houston • Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Ok...
    Updated May 27 2015 06:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with one donated to him, as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’
    Vatican City • The Vatican’s secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a “defeat for humanity,” evidence of the soul-searc...
    Updated May 27 2015 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former Rep. LaTourette files claim vs US over missed cancer
    Washington • Former Congressman Steve LaTourette, gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, has filed a claim against the government over the treatment he r...
    Updated May 27 2015 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • High school’s graduating class forgoes trip to give principal $8,000 to treat cancer
    Bethlehem, N.H. • The graduating class at a New Hampshire high school is giving the money raised for its class trip to the school’s principal, who has...
    Updated May 27 2015 10:40 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Bristol Palin attends the Sarah Palin says daughter Bristol’s wedding called off
    Anchorage, Alaska • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her daughter, Bristol, won’t marry Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer this month. The forme...
    Updated May 27 2015 08:59 am   |     |   Share
  • Kerfuffle over waffle maker gets guests booted from hotel
    Pere Marquette Township, Mich. • Authorities say a dispute between two women over a waffle maker led to 30 people being booted from a western Michigan...
    Updated May 27 2015 10:18 am   |     |   Share
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