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Only 1 of 5 suspects faces death penalty in machete slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Prosecutors in Florida say they will seek the death penalty only for the ringleader in the machete slaying of a vocational school student.

Legislation to retain rape kits headed to Idaho House floor

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:03pm

Law enforcement agencies would have to follow new statewide standards on how long physical evidence in sexual assault investigations should be retained under new legislation headed to the House floor.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:00pm

Federal judge blocks Texas from cutting off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over 2015 anti-abortion videos.

Authorities say nails purposely placed on popular NC trail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:00pm

Authorities have closed a popular North Carolina park after a runner impaled his foot on a nail that they believed was purposely placed.

4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:54pm

The federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:52pm

A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday.

Judge orders government to identify Jan. 28-29 travelers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:50pm

A New York judge says the government must identify approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban for a day after a judge ruled against it last month.

Idaho House panel advance anti-motorcycle profiling bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:50pm

An Idaho House panel revved up bikers' support Tuesday by advancing legislation that would ban law enforcement agencies from profiling motorcyclists.

More tests needed on Russian UN ambassador's cause of death

Jennifer Peltz and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:44pm

Medical examiners who performed an autopsy on Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that more tests are needed to determine how and why he fell ill in his office and later died at a hospital.

States that have gone decades without a lawmaker pay raise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:43pm

Most state legislatures have at least some control over setting their own salaries, though many haven't raised it for years.

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Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:43pm

Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Vandals have damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, leaving the region's Jewish community shaken and anxious.

Iowa's top attorney wants to be excused from union lawsuit

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Iowa's top attorney wants an outside lawyer to defend a new law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, saying in a letter released Tuesday that he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Cloud seeding suspended in Wind River Range

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The Wyoming Water Development Office has suspended cloud seeding operations in the Wind River Range because of the high snowpack that has accumulated so far.

Mom, 2 adult daughters, grandson killed in Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

A 5-year-old boy and his mother, grandmother and aunt were all shot to death at their home in eastern Mississippi, authorities said Tuesday.

Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday.

Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:27pm

The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals.

The Latest: Evacuees take photos, clothes as water rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

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State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:20pm

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.