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US group sues ex-Haitian mayor over human rights claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

A U.S. human rights organization filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Massachusetts against the former mayor of a small town in Haiti on behalf of three Haitian citizens who allege he violently persecuted them.

Government: Ferguson making 'meaningful progress' in reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Ferguson, Missouri, is making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and court reforms agreed upon with the U.S. government after Michael Brown's 2014 police shooting death, a Justice Department attorney said during a status hearing on the consent decree.

Report: Doctor not impaired before crash that killed trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Toxicology results indicate a New Jersey doctor was not impaired by alcohol or drugs when he smashed head-on into a state trooper's cruiser, killing both men.

FCC approves measures intended to combat prison cellphones

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates, voting unanimously to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails across the U.S.

Police: 3 dead, officer wounded in Louisiana shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Authorities are retracing the movements of a man suspected of killing two women before he was fatally shot by police. The man died in an exchange of gunfire after wounding an officer and gunning down a police dog, a south Louisiana police chief said Thursday.

Senate confirms Trump's choice for US ambassador to Israel

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post.

Officer, 3 others fatally shot in Wisconsin; suspect caught

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

A law enforcement officer who was among four people who were killed in a series of attacks in northern Wisconsin was identified Thursday as a detective and 15-year veteran of the police force.

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

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.

Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

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

The Latest: 2 bank workers, lawyer die in Wisconsin attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

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

86-year-old raises $400K and then gives it away

Zaina Adamu, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:47pm

Thirty-two years' worth of recycled newspapers and magazines -- more than nine million pounds of it — netted 86-year-old Johnny Jennings $400,000, all of which he gave away to those in need.

California races nature, clock to make key dam repairs

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

California is not just fighting nature as it attempts to repair the spillways at the nation's tallest dam that was badly damaged last month by surging storm waters. It's also racing the clock.

Schlafly daughter alleges brothers sabotaged her inheritance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

The daughter of outspoken conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly alleges in a new lawsuit that several of her brothers effectively diminished her inheritance by influencing their mother to amend a family trust before her death.

Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

Prospects for the Republicans' showcase health care bill looked grimmer by the minute Thursday as President Donald Trump failed to get a deal with a bloc of balky conservatives, leaving the legislation short of votes in the House.

Chicago cop faces new charges in shooting of black teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old.

The Latest: Spicer calls on Schumer to drop filibuster plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local):

Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?

Jacqueline Howard, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:59am

Sugar can easily sneak into the diet, both for you and for your child, even through 100% fruit juices.

Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

Sally Ho, Michelle L. Price and Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:52am

Family members of a Utah couple celebrating their anniversary on a European vacation say they're heartbroken by the London attack that killed the man and seriously injured his wife.

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

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:52am

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.