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Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday.

Analysis: Both parties make it about Trump

For decades, the rule of thumb for campaigns during midterm elections has been the same: When the president is popular, the president’s party tries to nationalize the election and the opposition attempts to localize. On the other hand, when the president is unpopular, his party’s nominees try to localize while the opposition tries to make the election a national referendum on the president’s performance. Perhaps not surprisingly, 2018 has broken that mold. Both sides are trying to nationalize the November election.

Harvard emails illuminate power of wealth in admissions

A federal trial alleging bias against Harvard University underscored a cold truth of the school’s admissions process on Wednesday: that money and pedigree can open doors that academics alone might not.

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal’s extinction in violation of federal law.

Treasury employee accused in leak linked to Mueller’s probe

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

A Treasury Department employee was accused Wednesday of leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and an unidentified high-ranking colleague was cited in court papers as a co-conspirator but was not charged.

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S., study finds

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why.

Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective

A police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sexual assault case was accused Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul’s accusers to delete material from her cell phones before she handed them over to prosecutors.

New deal keeps open facility that detains immigrant families

The U.S. government has quietly reached a new agreement to keep open a 2,400-bed detention facility used to detain immigrant mothers and children, in a lucrative arrangement for a private prison company and the tiny South Texas town where it’s located.

Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand.

Alaska lieutenant governor resigns over comments

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over unspecified inappropriate comments, complicating what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker.

Head of firm behind Trump dossier won’t talk to House panel

The co-founder of a political research firm that was behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia refused to speak to two House committees during a closed-door interview Tuesday.