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Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:25pm

The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses.

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Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:15pm

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.

Lebanese businessman appears in US court in sanctions case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:15pm

A Lebanese businessman who the United States says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges that he violated sanctions.

Tillerson to attend NATO summit he originally was to skip

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:15pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a major NATO foreign ministers meeting after all.

Mississippi lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

Sarah Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:06pm

A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

California may free 9,500 inmates in 4 years under new rules

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:57pm

Corrections officials announced new criminal sentencing rules on Friday that are projected to trim California's prison population by 9,500 inmates over four years.

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No repeal for 'Obamacare' — a humiliating defeat for Trump

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:50pm

In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said the current law was imploding "and soon will explode."

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:50pm

Authorities say they've charged a Florida man recorded on video sitting in the street eating pancakes.

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:44pm

Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago.

Nevada officials confirm first wolf in state since 1922

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:39pm

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has confirmed the first sighting of a wolf in the state in nearly 100 years.

Utah police: 0.05 DUI law may mean new training, standards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:37pm

Some Utah police say a new law giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country could change how officers screen people for DUI and look for signs someone's blood alcohol level is over the new 0.05 percent limit.

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:37pm

President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:29pm

Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly.

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double execution

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:29pm

Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.

Former Casper doctor faces trial on sexual assault charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:29pm

The 47-year-old former Wyoming doctor accused of sexually assaulting female patients has been bound over for trial.

The Latest: Brother says shooting suspect told him goodbye

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:29pm

The latest on the northern Wisconsin shootings that left four dead in several small communities (all times local):

Study: Dramatic drop in Chicago stop-and-frisk procedures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:16pm

A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures reveals a dramatic decrease in the number of stops.

University of Texas survey: 1 in 7 female students raped

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

Nearly 15 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported being raped in a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus Friday.

Woman guilty of kidnapping baby from mall food court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

A suburban Philadelphia woman charged with befriending a woman at a shopping mall and then taking her baby was convicted Friday of kidnapping and child concealment.