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Maryland's assault weapons ban upheld by US appeals court

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.

Former Montana legislator faces federal drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

A former Montana lawmaker, who in 2007 supported giving $4 million in state money to the Montana Meth Project, has denied federal charges that say he possessed and sold just over a pound of methamphetamine last year.

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

A California man who used a woman he took hostage as a human shield from police gunfire after a deadly bank robbery and car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in an emotional hearing.

Giant cross at former Holy Land theme park is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:30pm

Vandals have defaced a giant cross overlooking a Connecticut city from the site of the former Holy Land theme park.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:24pm

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

'Refugees Welcome' banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:20pm

The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying "Refugees Welcome."

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.

Prep school grad in court for hearing on possible new trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

A prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex returned to court Tuesday for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case.

Dozens rescued in California from San Jose floodwaters

Kristin J. Bender and Marcio J. Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday.

Graffiti found at 4 popular monuments in Washington, DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10pm

The National Park Service says graffiti has been found at four memorials in Washington.

EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10pm

The Oklahoma attorney general's office says it has complied with a judge's order to surrender documents related to new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt's communications with energy companies.

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.