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WH dispatches aide after pro-Trump groups MIA on health care

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:56pm

The White House is so troubled by the failure of outside groups to promote the health care plan backed by President Donald Trump that a senior aide is being dispatched to rectify the situation.

After multiple-county crime spree, police kill 2 in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:49pm

Authorities in Kentucky say that two people killed by officers after allegedly stabbing an elderly widower to death were already on the run from the law for stealing a gun and a truck in another county.

Missing 91-year-old judge with memory loss sought by police

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his home.

Bill would let states block some Planned Parenthood money

Mary Clare Jalonick and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers advanced toward Senate passage Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material

Julie Pace and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:46pm

The White House refused to say on Thursday whether it gave the top Republican on the House intelligence committee access to highly classified materials. But it invited a bipartisan group from the panel to view information it says relates to surveillance of President Donald Trump's associates.

Sessions seeks to speed deportation of federal inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:46pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to speed up the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally who have been of federal crimes.

Trump adviser Bannon won't be charged in Florida vote probe

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34pm

Florida prosecutors say White House senior adviser Steve Bannon will not face charges related to his registration to vote in Miami despite spending most of his time elsewhere.

3 killed in home invasion broke into property earlier in day

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34pm

Authorities say three Oklahoma teenagers who were shot dead during a suspected home invasion broke into a detached garage on the property earlier the same day and stole liquor from a game room.

No joke: New England to get snow dump on April Fools' Day

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A major snowstorm is brewing in New England just in time for April Fools' Day. And it's no laughing matter for winter-weary residents.

Lawyer wants information about drugs for Arkansas executions

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A lawyer went to court Thursday hoping to obtain information about the three drugs Arkansas will use in an unprecedented run of executions next month, but prison officials say the material is part of a secret they must keep to protect its supplier.

Christie office rejects judge's comments on venomous culture

Michael Catalini and David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

Gov. Chris Christie's administration defended itself Thursday against comments made by a federal judge who partly blamed a venomous climate inside state government on the orchestration of lane closures by two former aides at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge.

Casper preps for foreign private jets during eclipse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

People and companies from 19 foreign countries have inquired with the U.S. Customs office in Casper about flying private jets to Natrona County during the eclipse in August.


Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:12pm

Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin.

Cyprus businessman suing Buzzfeed for unproven Trump dossier

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

A businessman based in Cyprus is suing the Buzzfeed online media outlet for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during last year's U.S. election.

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

President Donald Trump has granted the U.S. military more authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia, approving a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive airstrikes, officials said Thursday.

The Latest: Rubio says hackers targeted campaign aides

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on Russian interference in last year's presidential election (all times local):

Lawsuit: Federal judge can't manage her personal affairs

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:54pm

A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave after she was mysteriously pulled off a string of cases now faces a lawsuit from a fellow judge challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs.

Truck carrying mulch hits, kills 2 children near bus stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

A tractor-trailer carrying 75,000 pounds of mulch struck and killed two children who ran into the road to meet their approaching school bus in Virginia on Thursday, state police said.

Trump to meet Denmark's premier amid Brexit, NATO concerns

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

President Donald Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

The Latest: Springsteen band member unhappy with HB2 change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:50pm

The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina's "bathroom law" (all times local):