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Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:46am

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult.

EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:39am

Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

Judge sentences high school football player in assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:39am

An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a locker room sexual assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town.

Kansas community tries to heal from shooting; bar to reopen

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:38am

In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:38am

Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:38am

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

Friend: Livestreaming gamer 'in rough shape' before death

Ben Finley and Sarah Brumfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:14am

Police are investigating the death of a popular Virginia gamer who died during the home stretch of a 24-hour marathon video game session he was streaming online to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:01pm

Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

Former office manager accused of stealing $52K pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:43pm

A Casper woman accused of embezzling more than $52,000 from a nonprofit organization that helps people with addictions has pleaded guilty to felony theft.

Witnesses: Bar gunman shouted 'get out of my country'

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:17pm

In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:16pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:09pm

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

Latest: Church went into lockdown after Kansas bar shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:00pm

The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local):

6 charged in death of UConn student run over after party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:00pm

Six University of Connecticut students were charged Friday with alcohol-related offenses connected to the death of a student who was run over by a fire department vehicle after leaving a party last fall.

Ex-sheriff with Alzheimer's faces trial on corruption counts

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:16pm

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went on trial on federal corruption charges Friday stripped of a ceremonial badge and unable to present a defense that might have won him sympathy if jurors knew he was in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease.

Protesters again greet McConnell appearance at home

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:16pm

Protesters who shadowed Mitch McConnell during his home state appearances this week are vowing to keep tracking the Senate majority leader whenever he returns to Kentucky.

Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:46pm

The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward.

South Dakota and Virginia join Utah in declaring pornography a public health crisis

Liesl Nielsen  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:28pm

Last year, Utah became the first state to declare pornography a public health crisis, and now Virginia and South Dakota have followed suit.

Gamer dies while attempting 24-hour livestream for charity

Ben Finley and Sarah Brumfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:22pm

A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say.

Arkansas moves to resume executions, but state lacks drug

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:22pm

Arkansas' attorney general on Friday asked for execution dates to be set for eight death row inmates, but state officials said they're still lacking one of the three lethal injection drugs needed to put the men to death.