NEW YORK (AP) - FORMER CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO TRANSMITTING SEXUAL MATERIAL TO A MINOR AND COULD GET YEARS IN PRISON. THE JUDGE TOLD HIM HE WOULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. THE FBI BEGAN INVESTIGATING THE DEMOCRAT IN SEPTEMBER AFTER A 15-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA GIRL TOLD A TABLOID NEWS SITE THAT SHE AND THE DISGRACED FORMER POLITICIAN HAD EXCHANGED LEWD MESSAGES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. IN COURT TODAY, WEINER CRIED AS HE APOLOGIZED TO THE 15-YEAR-OLD. WEINER SAID, "I HAVE A SICKNESS, BUT I DO NOT HAVE AN EXCUSE."

WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SETS OUT FRIDAY ON THE FIRST FOREIGN TRIP HE'S TAKEN SINCE HIS INAUGURATION, LEAVING BEHIND A SWIRLING CONTROVERSY OVER THE GOVERNMENT'S INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN LAST YEAR'S U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND POSSIBLE TIES BETWEEN HIS CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. AMONG OTHER GOALS ON HIS TRIP TO THE MIDEAST AND TO A PAIR OF EUROPEAN SUMMITS, TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO TRY TO REASSURE ALLIES NERVOUS ABOUT HIS "AMERICA FIRST" MESSAGE.

WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S ATTORNEYS ORIGINALLY WANTED TO SUBMIT AN UPDATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE WITHOUT HAVING HIM CERTIFY THE INFORMATION AS TRUE, CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS SHOWS. THE LETTERS ALSO INDICATE THAT DOCUMENTS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE PRESIDENT'S 2016 FINANCIALS WON'T BE FILED UNTIL NEXT MONTH. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OBTAINED THE DOCUMENTS UNDER A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST.

LONDON (AP) - JULIAN ASSANGE'S SWEDISH LAWYER PER E. SAMUELSON SAYS IT IS A "DAY OF VICTORY" FOR THE WIKILEAKS FOUNDER AFTER SWEDEN'S TOP PROSECUTOR DROPPED AN INVESTIGATION INTO A RAPE CLAIM AGAINST HIM. SAMUELSON TELLS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT "THIS WAS CONSENSUAL SEX BETWEEN TWO ADULTS AND NOTHING ELSE," ADDING ASSANGE WAS NOW "A FREE MAN."

NEW YORK (AP) - A MAN ACCUSED OF STEERING HIS CAR ONTO ONE OF THE BUSIEST SIDEWALKS IN THE U.S. AND MOWING DOWN PEDESTRIANS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER. THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS 26-YEAR-OLD RICHARD ROJAS, OF THE BRONX, WAS CHARGED LATE THURSDAY WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, 20 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. HIS ARRAIGNMENT IS FRIDAY.

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A FORMER CARNIVAL WORKER ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND SEXUALLY ABUSING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY LAST SUMMER WAS CONVICTED THURSDAY BY A JURY OF SEVEN WOMEN AND FIVE MEN ON ALL COUNTS CHARGED AGAINST HIM.

34-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA ASHBY WINTERS NOW FACES 45 YEARS TO LIFE PLUS 70 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF KIDNAPPING, SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR IN THE FIRST DEGREE AND SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR IN THE SECOND DEGREE.

THE JURY DELIBERATED FOR A LITTLE OVER TWO HOURS BEFORE RETURNING THEIR VERDICT.

BEFORE COMPLETING THE VERDICT, JURORS ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE LANGUAGE IN ONE PORTION OF THE VERDICT SHEET. THE COURT ADDRESSED THE QUESTION, CLARIFIED THE LANGUAGE AND SENT THE CASE BACK TO THE JURY.

JURORS RETURNED TO THE COURTROOM JUST A FEW MINUTES LATER TO ANNOUNCE THEIR UNANIMOUS DECISION.

WINTERS TOOK THE WITNESS STAND THURSDAY MORNING. HE MAINTAINED HE HAD JUMPED INTO THE RIVER AFTER THE VICTIM FELL IN, IN ORDER TO SAVE THE BOY FROM DROWNING.

ON CROSS-EXAMINATION, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BRETT JOHNSON QUESTIONED WINTERS ABOUT NUMEROUS INCONSISTENCIES IN THE DIFFERENT STORIES HE TOLD TO POLICE OFFICERS, DETECTIVES, ACQUAINTANCES AND EVEN THE JURY.

AFTER THE VERDICT WAS READ AND THE JURY EXCUSED, NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE THOMAS SULLINS ORDERED WINTERS HELD WITHOUT BOND PENDING SENTENCING. HE ALSO ORDERED A PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION.

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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - A GROUP THAT REPRESENTS WYOMING LANDOWNERS IS PRODDING STATE REGULATORS TO ADDRESS FUTURE CLEANUP OF PONDS CONTAINING WASTEWATER FROM OLDER OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS.

THE POWDER RIVER BASIN RESOURCE COUNCIL WORRIES CLEANUP OF THE PONDS COULD FALL THROUGH THE REGULATORY CRACKS.

BUILT IN THE EARLY 1980S, THE PONDS WERE GRANDFATHERED IN BEFORE A DECADES-OLD RULE REQUIRED COMPANIES TO POST MONEY, OR BONDS, GUARANTEEING THEIR RECLAMATION.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IS CONSIDERING WHETHER IT SHOULD REQUIRE COMPANIES TO PROCURE BONDS FOR THE OLD WASTEWATER PONDS, HOW IT WOULD GO ABOUT THAT AND HOW MUCH THE CLEANUP COULD COST OPERATORS.

COMPANIES, FOR THEIR PART, SAY THEY DO AND WILL CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH STATE RULES.