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GOP's Cotton holds up juvenile justice reforms in Senate

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of freshman Republican Tom Cotton.

Senate defeats bill on student digital privacy rights

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

The state Senate has rejected a bill that would have prohibited teachers and school officials from prying into students' private personal social media accounts.

Texas A&M president decries reports of racial harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

Texas A&M University is still trying to determine which students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to a group of black and Latino high school students touring the campus.

Where did El Nino go? Heat, dry spell stoke drought worry

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:21pm

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Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

Prison fires teacher accused of sexually assaulting inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:11pm

A prison teacher accused of sexually assaulting an inmate more than 20 times and becoming pregnant twice has been fired.

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Obama has thought about leaving White House in disguise

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:04pm

President Barack Obama says he's considered going out in disguise, but hasn't acted on the impulse.

Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:02pm

A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:02pm

Maryland's Senate president is calling for civility after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto.

Mobile clinic comes to Flint to provide care to children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

A mobile medical clinic designed to provide care and resources to children has arrived in Flint as the city deals with a lead-tainted water crisis.

Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:01pm

Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts.

South Dakota university president to lead Eastern Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

Eastern Michigan University's board has selected a new president for the Ypsilanti school.

Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

The ailing widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse has been sentenced to life in prison.

Fraternity says 5 chapters acknowledged hearing racist chant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

The fraternity connected to a racist chant that surfaced at the University of Oklahoma last spring says members at five other chapters acknowledged hearing the chant over the last five years.

Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.

Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:41pm

West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.

Commissioner: Boston police kill armed man who fired at them

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:32pm

Authorities say a man who was helping a gunshot victim exchanged gunfire with Boston police, who shot him dead.

NYC closing 3 struggling charter schools at end of June

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:31pm

New York City education officials will close three low-performing charter schools at the end of this school year.

Man gets 60 days for punching JetBlue flight attendant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:31pm

A man accused of punching a flight attendant and threatening to blow up a Florida-bound plane has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.