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Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:41pm

Maine is dealing with so many drug overdose deaths that the state medical examiner is asking for money to handle the workload.

VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:41pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

The Latest: Hate killing suspect's kin 'shocked, horrified'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40pm

The Latest on the killing of a black man who was repeatedly stabbed with a sword (all times local):

Was 'house full of girls' a business or criminal enterprise?

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A Georgia man forced women he held at a million-dollar mansion to get gang-related tattoos, collected all the money they made at a strip club and threatened them if they wanted to leave, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A look at the wiretap flap from Trump tweets to Capitol Hill

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

President Donald Trump's startling allegation that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones during last year's election is pitting the White House against U.S. intelligence officials, sparking grave concern in law enforcement circles and alarming Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

Woman charged in homeless camp beating death to plead guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A woman charged in the beating death of a man at a Vermont homeless camp plans to plead guilty.

Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they hope to have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area.

Official: Evacuees return after fire caused by burning books

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

Florida Forest Service officials are letting residents return to their homes after a man burning some books started a 700-acre brush fire.

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

The Latest: Suspect in Wisconsin shootings hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local):

Parents accused in kid's shooting death investigated in 2014

Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

Child-welfare officials investigated an Arizona couple accused of murder in their 9-year-old son's shooting death after she gave birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin nearly three years ago.

Justice Department probes Calif. Republican Rep. Hunter

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign finance violations, an allegation the lawmaker dismisses as inadvertent mistakes.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all — his own instinct.

Cardinal Keeler, who led Baltimore archdiocese, has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

Cardinal William Keeler, who helped ease tensions between Catholics and Jews and headed the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 18 years, died Thursday. He was 86.

Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

Hallie Golden and Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

A Utah couple was enjoying the final day of their European trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were among the crowd of people on London's Westminster Bridge who were struck by an SUV.

Main jury picked in murder trial in trooper barracks ambush

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

Twelve jurors have been selected in the trial of an anti-government survivalist charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Police: Man stole presidential seals from Kennedy Center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

Police say a volunteer at the Kennedy Center stole two presidential seals, including one that was taken from then-President Barack Obama's seating area after his final Kennedy Center Honors.

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:50pm

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M.

Police look for Tennessee teacher, missing teen in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

Police in Corpus Christi, Texas, are looking for a Tennessee school teacher and a student he's accused of kidnapping.