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Utah lawmakers express support for refugee rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:25pm

A resolution expressing Utah's commitment to protecting the rights of legal immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution has received full support from a panel of lawmakers.

Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Michael Biesecker and Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show.

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:10pm

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion.

Medical workers quitting prison after fatal inmate uprising

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:57pm

More than two dozen medical workers at a Delaware prison have quit in the aftermath of an inmate uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed.

Lawyer says she failed prep school grad at sex assault trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

A judge determining whether a New Hampshire prep school graduate received effective counsel during his sexual assault trial heard conflicting testimony Wednesday about whether defense lawyers were derailing the case or making reasonable strategic decisions.

Alabama bidding to set execution date for convicted killer

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:47pm

Alabama is bidding to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for more than 30 years.

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:43pm

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Reform may have eased jail time for police slaying suspect

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

California's efforts to ease overcrowding in state prisons did not lead to an early release of a gang member accused of killing a police officer and wounding another but may have shortened the amount of time he was locked up for repeated probation violations.

Colorado town's ban on topless women put on hold by judge

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

A Colorado judge has blocked a college town's law against women going topless, saying the law is likely unconstitutional.

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday.

Man charged in toddler's fatal shooting during drug deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:33pm

Authorities say they've arrested the man responsible for a toddler's fatal shooting during a drug deal in South Florida.

Missing skier found alive near Jackson Hole resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:22pm

A skier missing in Grand Teton National Park since Monday has been found alive.

Police release audio of suspect in Indiana girls' deaths

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:14pm

One of two teenage girls killed along a northern Indiana hiking trail last week used her cellphone beforehand to capture video of a man police now consider the main suspect and recorded a male voice saying "down the hill," authorities said Wednesday.

Bill to allow armed school staff goes to Senate floor

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:10pm

A Senate committee advanced a bill that would allow individual Wyoming school districts to allow K-12 school personnel to carry concealed guns during classes.

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:05pm

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

Conservatives welcome Trump with delight _ and wariness

Lisa Lerer and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:05pm

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House.

Flight school plane crashes in swamp near runway, killing 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:05pm

A plane from a local flight school has crashed in a swampy area near the end of a runaway at a Connecticut airport, killing one occupant and seriously injuring the other.

Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:56pm

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.