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Amnesty International worried about El Chapo jail conditions

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:24pm

An official with Amnesty International wants to interview Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman about allegations he's being mistreated in the high-security wing of a federal jail in New York that's housed mobsters and terrorists.

North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:24pm

North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

West Indian manatee go from 'endangered' to 'threatened"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:24pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the West Indian manatee is now considered "threatened," not "endangered," but it also says the gentle giant could be in danger of extinction in the future without continued protections.

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:20pm

President Donald Trump trained his fire on members of his own party Thursday, declaring in the aftermath of the Republican's failed health care push that the conservative Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire GOP agenda. He vowed to "fight them" in 2018 if they don't get behind him.

The Latest: N. Carolina governor signs 'bathroom law' repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:20pm

The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina's "bathroom law" (all times local):

Police make arrest in cold-case slayings of mom, daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

Investigators had a key clue in the 2011 South Carolina killings of a mother and her 3-year-old daughter — a partial palm print in the girl's blood. But it took six years of advances in crime solving technology to finally match that print to a suspect in the cold-case killings.

Lawmakers push bill to keep many 911 calls secret in Iowa

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

A bill moving swiftly through the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the public's right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing off key information about authorities' first response to shootings and other incidents.

Trump, Denmark's premier meet amid Brexit, NATO concerns

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

President Donald Trump held his first meeting Thursday with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, declaring that the two countries enjoy a "truly great relationship."

North Carolina governor says he signed measure rolling back state's 'bathroom bill' despite criticism from LGBT groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

North Carolina governor says he signed measure rolling back state's 'bathroom bill' despite criticism from LGBT groups.

Protection for Colorado-Wyoming mouse challenged again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:15pm

Homebuilders, ranchers and others have again asked the federal government to lift wildlife protections for a long-tailed mouse found in Colorado and Wyoming.

The Latest: Prosecutor has no compassion for serial killer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:08pm

The Latest on the death of serial killer Donald Harvey (all times local):

Trump adviser Bannon won't be charged in Florida vote probe

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump's senior adviser Steve Bannon will not face charges related to his registration to vote in Miami despite spending most of his time elsewhere, Florida prosecutors announced Thursday.

Missing 91-year-old judge with memory loss sought by police

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:07pm

State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his home.

California's robust mountain snowpack boosts flood concerns

Rich Pedroncelli and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

As big wet snowflakes fell high in California's mountains on Thursday, surveyors on snowshoes measured the state's deepest springtime snowdrifts in years and said the result boosted their concerns that the state could face more destructive floods.

Roger Stone: I'll beat suit even if jury thinks I'm a devil

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

Republican strategist Roger Stone said Thursday that jurors may think he's "the devil" but he still expects to beat a defamation lawsuit accusing him of circulating a mailer calling a political candidate a sexual predator.

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Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:01pm

A top aide to President Donald Trump said she is leaving his administration to join a pro-Trump outside group, America First Policies.

Sessions seeks to speed deportation of federal inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:00pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to speed up the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally who have been convicted of federal crimes.

WH dispatches aide after pro-Trump groups MIA on health care

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:56pm

The White House is so troubled by the failure of outside groups to promote the health care plan backed by President Donald Trump that a senior aide is being dispatched to rectify the situation.

After multiple-county crime spree, police kill 2 in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:49pm

Authorities in Kentucky say that two people killed by officers after allegedly stabbing an elderly widower to death were already on the run from the law for stealing a gun and a truck in another county.

Bill would let states block some Planned Parenthood money

Mary Clare Jalonick and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

The Senate has voted to let states block federal family planning money from going to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers.