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This marks the fifth time Michael Ryan, the former religious cult leader convicted of the torture and murder of a follower, has lost an appeal to overturn his death sentence.

Omaha police on Saturday arrested a man who was charged in a warrant with a shooting near 44th Street and Ellison Avenue.
Gach P. Yiech, 17, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and obstructing police officers, said...
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3 charged in connection with stolen credit card account numbers
Luis J. Silva-Ricardo, 40, Laritza C. Lopez, 36, and Marcos M. Hernandez-Ramirez, 22, was each charged in Hall County Court on Friday with felony theft by deception.
Escaped prisoner caught a day after fleeing from vehicle near Des Moines
Authorities said Kenny Bevard, 37, was being driven Thursday to Adel in adjacent Dallas County for a court hearing in a burglary case. He was handcuffed when he got out of a Dallas County Sheriff's Office vehicle and ran to a nearby wooded area.
Police: Slaying of woman in Ralston apartment likely over drugs
Ralston authorities believe Amiee Kearns, 42, was a drug dealer who owed money.
North Carolina fugitive being held in Waterloo, Iowa
Ronald Dwaine Carnes, 68, was arrested after the Iowa Transportation Department's facial recognition system flagged his driver's license photo.
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Inmate sues Nebraska prison system, says he can't write, visit wife
An inmate is suing the Nebraska prison system, saying a new policy is denying him the ability to visit with or write to his wife, who is also in prison.
Sen. Ernie Chambers tries to undo Nikko Jenkins' convictions
The legislator doesn't want the killer to walk free, but he blasts what he called the judge's "kangaroo court."
Omahan charged in fatal shooting in Benson neighborhood
Dennis Brewer Jr., 21, is ordered held without bail in the slaying of Tielor Williams, 18, at Gallagher Park on Monday night
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Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
Eric English, 30, received 22 to 33 years for distributing crack cocaine and possessing a firearm. Carlos Taylor, 35, was sentenced to 20 to 35 years for possessing and delivering crack cocaine.
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Court says Lancaster County not liable for '09 school bus-truck accident
Nebraska's Supreme Court ruled there was a lack of evidence to prove the cause of the accident was the county's failure to have a stop-sign inspection policy.
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A voice of experience: Ex-gang member helps lead fight against Omaha violence
Chevist Johnson was hired by the Omaha Police Department in 2011 to become its first gang specialist, focusing on north Omaha. Encouraged by the impact Johnson made in schools, jails, homes and community groups, the city has added a second specialist, this time in South Omaha.
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Ex-PTO treasurer in Iowa pleads guilty to felony theft
Authorities arrested Amber Flynn, 32, in February after more than $9,000 was discovered missing from the bank account of Remsen-Union Family Connections.
Man pleads not guilty in death of former roommate whose remains were found buried in basement
A Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his former roommate in Iowa.
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Omaha judge reprimanded for intervening in peer attorney's DUI case
The Nebraska Supreme Court issued the reprimand after an investigation into Gregory Schatz’s actions in obtaining the release from jail of Michael Davlin.
Intoxicated man with pellet gun climbs billboard's scaffold; is arrested
A security guard spotted the man, whom the guard thought had a rifle in his backpack, and called police.
Police seek public's help in finding an armed man
The man is accused of shooting someone from a car on March 30.
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Friday's attendance dips at Millard West after bathroom threat
Attendance was lower than normal at Millard West High School on Friday after a threat of violence spooked parents and students.
Hastings police probe 4-year-old’s shooting death
Hastings Police Chief Pete Kortum said the shooting appears to be an accident.
Man taken into custody in domestic dispute
He led authorities on a two-hour manhunt in northwest Omaha before his capture.
State Patrol, LPD inspect vehicles
The patrol says 336 violations were found during the operation Thursday in Lincoln.
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Police still hunt escaped inmate in central Iowa
Officers are still looking for a prisoner who escaped in suburban Des Moines while being transferred for a court hearing in a burglary case.
Crews working to subdue brush fire that may spread to Fontenelle Forest
Financial picture improving for city-owned Mid-America Center
No injuries after fire at midtown's old Mercer Mansion
29-year-old Omahan arrested for 22nd time in Lincoln
Police: Slaying of woman in Ralston apartment likely over drugs
Explosion near 29th, Woolworth damages vehicles
Omaha police arrest man, 19, accused in March shooting
Earth gets its day in the sun at Elmwood Park
Beau McCoy strikes Obama doll in TV ad; Democrats are not happy
17 senators in Nebraska Legislature hit their (term) limits
It's a pursuit of pastel at Spring Lake Park's Easter egg hunt
Keystone XL pipeline backers blast 'political expediency' as foes hail ruling to delay decision
Nebraska senators to study tax issues over break
Portion of Saddle Creek Road closed after water main break
Teenager arrested after woman's purse is snatched outside Omaha store
Police identify 21-year-old shot in ankle near 30th, W Streets
Cult murderer's death row appeal denied, but execution in limbo
Interstate construction to cause lane shifts, closings in Omaha area
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
Omahan charged in fatal shooting in Benson neighborhood
Friday's attendance dips at Millard West after bathroom threat
High school slam poets don't just recite verses, 'they leave their hearts beating on the stage'
Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
Haze in area comes from Kansas, Oklahoma
Man taken into custody in domestic dispute
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On Twitter some guy tweeted that the spring game isn’t taken as seriously as a regular-season contest. What was your first clue? When the head coach entered waving a cat aloft?
Kelly: A California university president returns to her Nebraska roots on Ivy Day
The main speaker at today's Ivy Day celebration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a college president who grew up roping calves and earned her Ph.D. at the prestigious Oxford University in England.
Breaking Brad: Stuck in a claw machine? You get no Easter candy
I know of one kid in Lincoln who will be receiving a lump of coal from the Easter Bunny, just as soon as he's extricated from that bowling alley claw machine.
Breaking Brad: Mountain lion season's over, but the bunny's fair game!
Thursday was the last day of a Nebraska Legislature session. Before leaving town, legislators passed a bill to hold a lottery to hunt the Easter Bunny.
Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
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