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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
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WASHINGTON (AP) " More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders. President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their prison terms as part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug convicts. Eighteen of the 58 had been given life sentences and some have already spent more than...

Updated at 10:49 PM

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) " A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) and officials said Thursday they would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north,...

Updated at 10:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said...

Updated at 9:32 PM

MIAMI (AP) " British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases. Deployment of...

Updated at 8:58 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) " Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul were convicted Thursday in a federal case alleging they conspired to cover up the campaign's payments to a former Iowa state senator who had agreed to endorse...

Updated at 8:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Islamic State attack on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq that killed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was a surprise that, if anticipated, might have turned out differently, a Pentagon spokesman said...

Updated at 8:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers...

Updated at 8:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The number of sexual assaults reported by the military dipped slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year, spurring military leaders to look for new ways to encourage troops to intervene when they see a potentially dangerous...

Updated at 8:44 PM

HOUSTON (AP) " A 7-year-old Houston girl managed to get out of an after-school program with a fake excuse note that she wrote herself, in large print with misspellings. The girl's father, Charlie Dahu (DAY'-hoo), told KTRK-TV (

Updated at 8:20 PM

BEIRUT (AP) " The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 12:06 a.m. A top U.N. official says air strikes that hit two settlements holding displaced people seeking sanctuary in northern Syria may constitute war...

Updated at 8:18 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) " Brazil's top court voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the scandal-tainted and controversial leader of the lower house of Congress from his duties. Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha, one of the most powerful...

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