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Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:09pm

In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:09pm

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.

Divorce lawyer for suspect's wife among 4 shot in Wisconsin

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:09pm

A northern Wisconsin man struggling with debt allegedly killed his wife's divorce lawyer during a shooting spree that left three other people dead, including a police detective.

Lebanese businessman appears in US court in sanctions case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:02pm

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.

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Subject of film 'Bernie' appeals lengthy sentence for murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:02pm

A former Texas mortician whose legal issues were the subject of the 2011 film "Bernie" is appealing his sentence of 99 years to life in prison in the killing of a wealthy widow.

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

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.

APNewsBreak: California could free 9,500 inmates in 4 years

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

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

The Latest: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas execution secrecy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to conduct four double-executions next month (all times local):

Court revives challenge of Virginia's death row conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:50pm

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on Virginia's death row.

Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:50pm

A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:43pm

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

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US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:39pm

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa — the de facto capital of the Islamic State group — should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.

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GOP governors, including Utah's, back Republican health plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:39pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has joined seven other Republican governors in a letter endorsing the GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Judge: Case alleging Ohio 'segregates' disabled can proceed

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:20pm

A federal judge has rejected requests by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several state officials to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in institutions by failing to provide accessible community- or home-based services.

US-aided fighters face little resistance in Syrian operation

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:16pm

Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters have encountered light resistance in northern Syria after U.S. pilots airlifted them into combat, an American officer said Friday, suggesting the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise.

Charge upgraded for investigator accused in hit-run death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:09pm

A prosecutor's investigator who moonlights as a part-time police officer was arraigned Friday on an upgraded charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after the death of a teenager he is accused of hitting with his county-owned vehicle.

Black man arrested in South for writing racist graffiti

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:09pm

Police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings.

Man accused of keeping women to work in strip clubs indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:09pm

A grand jury has indicted a man accused of holding women against their will in a million-dollar home near Atlanta and forcing them to dance in strip clubs.

Polygamists in food stamp fraud case avoid prison time

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:45pm

Another suspect has accepted a plea deal in a food stamp fraud case brought against 11 polygamists on the Utah-Arizona border last year that marked a major government effort to try to crack down on the sect.