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Iowa victims group opposing bill on domestic abuse sentences

Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

A bill that would set mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat domestic abuse offenders in Iowa is drawing opposition from an unlikely source: one of the state's largest advocacy organizations for victims.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday — an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats.

Cops: Parents killed teen son, set family's NY home on fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Authorities have charged a New York couple with killing their teenage son and setting their rural upstate home on fire to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors: Conviction in Etan Patz case was proper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:20pm

Prosecutors say a defendant's murder conviction in a retrial over the disappearance and death of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 was the result of methodical deliberations by a New York City jury that was not improperly influenced.

Police officer, at least 2 others shot in Wisconsin town

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:16pm

A police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Thursday, investigators said.

Sheriff: Family kept decomposing body in home, took benefits

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

An Ohio sheriff says deputies have found a family living with a Vietnam veteran's decomposing body and stealing his benefits.

Man who stopped fight in video honored for his peacemaking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

A New Jersey man who interrupted a street fight between two teenagers in a video that has drawn millions of views and wide praise said Wednesday that he's saddened that his act of peacemaking isn't a more frequent occurrence.

The Latest: Shots heard at Wisconsin apartments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

The Latest on shooting that injured two people and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown in northern Wisconsin (all times local):

Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black people

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday.

The Latest: Man who stopped fight honored in Atlantic City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

The Latest on a video capturing a stranger stopping a fight between two teens (all times local):

Arkansas governor expands where concealed guns allowed

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

Competency training for man accused of killing flamingo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A Florida judge has ruled a man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens must undergo in-home competency training before the animal cruelty case against him can continue.

Man gets same sentence on murder conviction 2nd time around

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A 24-year-old Gillette man has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison for a second time in a fatal shooting on Thanksgiving 2013.

19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A 19-year-old candidate seeking a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia is headed to a runoff election next month.

Magnitude 4.0 quake, 3 smaller temblors rattle Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and three smaller temblors have struck Oklahoma.

The Latest: Gorsuch flatters senators as questioning wraps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: (all times EDT):


Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:40pm

Their top legislative priority dangling in peril, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. A day ahead of a long-awaited House showdown roll call, conservatives insisted they had the votes to torpedo the measure and the number of lawmakers publicly expressing opposition snowballed.

The Latest: Mayor: Sword killing 'unspeakable human tragedy'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:37pm

The Latest on the sword attack death of a black man in what police say was a racially motivated killing (all times local):


Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy' era

Mark Sherman and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:32pm

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was wrapping up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.

Black lawmakers say they had candid conversation with Trump

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:32pm

Black lawmakers emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday saying the president was at least willing to listen to their concerns that his policies and positions could hurt their African-American constituents.