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No criminal wrongdoing found after Wyoming horse left behind

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:46pm

Prosecutors found no criminal wrongdoing in the case of a horse named Valentine that survived for eight weeks in the Wyoming wilderness after being left behind by a backcountry guide outfit when it became too sick to move in an area populated with grizzly bears.

Gunman shot near Wal-Mart where officer died last month

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:46pm

Authorities say an Orlando police officer shot and wounded a man armed with a BB gun near the same Wal-Mart store where a police lieutenant was fatally shot last month.

Pew: Hispanics split on issues before Trump inauguration

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:42pm

More than half of Hispanic immigrants who were neither born in the United States nor have a permanent resident card said they were concerned about their place in the United States, even before the Trump administration made clear its intentions to aggressively crack down on illegal immigration, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

Utah teen sentenced for firing gun at school

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:40pm

A Utah teenager who fired a shotgun in a junior high classroom, igniting panic among kids and their parents, was dealing with great pain and had an adverse reaction to an antidepressant drug he had recently been prescribed, his attorney and family said Thursday during his sentencing.

Protest set over gender message on North Carolina billboard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Women are planning this weekend to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality, according to media reports.

Nebraska could increase prison sentences for sex traffickers

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Advocates for sex trafficking victims urged a Nebraska legislative committee on Thursday to support a bill that would create stiffer penalties for people who buy and sell sex in the state.

$3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Wisconsin will receive $3.35 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit, attorneys announced on Thursday.

Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Alabama could be close to ending its one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury's recommendation for life in prison.

White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.

4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:20pm

A judge entered not guilty pleas Thursday on behalf of four people charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old western Indiana boy with cerebral palsy.

Utah House passes reworked polygamy law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:15pm

State lawmakers have approved a plan that would leave those convicted under Utah's bigamy law facing harsher penalties if they're also convicted of other crimes such as domestic abuse.

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:07pm

An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested.

Hillary Clinton to speak in father's Pennsylvania hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:04pm

Hillary Clinton will speak at a St. Patrick's Day event in her late father's Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.

Kansas man charged with murder in bar shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:55pm

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, but authorities declined to say if the attack was racially-motivated.

Utah Rep. Mia Love pushes for over-the-counter birth control

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:50pm

Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love told Utah lawmakers on Thursday that she's sponsoring a bill that would allow women to get over-the-counter birth control pills even though she's opposed to abortion.

Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:48pm

Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:48pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media at a time when the Trump administration has accused reporters of being dishonest and delivering "fake news."

The Latest: Teen sent to juvenile treatment for shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:48pm

The Latest on a Utah teenager who pleaded guilty to firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a junior high classroom (all times local):

Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:48pm

An Ohio woman charged with stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Officer shoots suspect in central Kansas triple homicide

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

Central Kansas officials say a man suspected of gunning down three other men in a home before being fatally shot by a police officer knew his victims and targeted them.