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Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:26pm

Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.

Support pours in for damaged Jewish cemetery near St. Louis

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:15pm

A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from cleanup volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.

The Latest: California dam with earthquake concerns is full

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:10pm

The Latest on storms in California (all times local):

Officer, chief charged in fatal citizens academy exercise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:04pm

Prosecutors in southwest Florida have filed charges against an officer who accidentally shot a woman to death during a citizens academy "shoot/don't shoot" exercise, as well as the officer's boss.


San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:04pm

The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.

Utah town struggles after teens charged in girl's shooting

Brady McCombs and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:04pm

Residents of a small town in northern Utah struggled to comprehend Wednesday why two teenage boys plotted to rob and kill a 14-year-old girl before shooting her in the head and leaving her critically wounded in a ditch, according to prosecutors.

Mexican woman tied to Kansas gun killing deported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:58pm

A Mexican woman who tried to hide a gun her boyfriend used to fatally shoot a Kansas teenager has been deported.

Anorexic, bulimic woman who fought force-feeding dies at 30

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:38pm

An anorexic and bulimic woman who petitioned a court to refuse force-feeding has died three months after a judge granted her request.

Alabama prosecutors oppose relocating officer's murder trial

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:38pm

The murder trial of an Alabama police officer should be held in the city where the shooting occurred, prosecutors argued in a Tuesday court filing opposing defense efforts to move the high-profile trial elsewhere.

The Latest: Reform may have kept slaying suspect from prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:37pm

The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

Capitol Hill Buzz: Mitch McConnell defends obstructionism

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:35pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is speaking up for obstructionism.

Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:30pm

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier in the week. He says there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism."

Jail shower 'seemingly designed' for suicide, lawsuit claims

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:16pm

An inmate who hanged himself last March at the new jail in New Orleans had been denied needed mental health treatment and was left alone in a shower "seemingly designed to facilitate suicides," his sister claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Lawyer says she failed prep school grad at sex assault trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:05pm

An attorney arguing that a New Hampshire prep school graduate received ineffective counsel during his sexual assault trial says she failed him.

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Michael Biesecker and Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:56pm

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show.

What happens if Trump pulls transgender bathroom guidance?

Sadie Gurman and Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:56pm

The Trump administration plans to lift an Obama-era directive that told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity.

Oklahoma Senate panel approves REAL ID compliance measure

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:36pm

Members of an Oklahoma Senate panel criticized the costs of bringing the state's drivers licenses into compliance with a federal anti-terrorism law before deciding to send the proposal to the floor for a final vote.

Court rules Riverton not part of Indian Country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:36pm

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has ruled that the City of Riverton and surrounding lands are not part of the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.

The Latest: Orrin Hatch calls for Bears Ears Monument repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:24pm

The Latest on Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's visit home in Utah (all times local):

Caretaker performed sexy dance on 100-year-old with dementia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:05pm

A caretaker at an assisted living center who police say was filmed performing a sexually provocative dance on a 100-year-old resident was doing it as a prank and trying to make the man feel good, her attorney said.