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Trial of defamation lawsuit against Trump adviser postponed

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:54am

Republican political operative Roger Stone, who's been busy preparing for a possible grilling by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian hacking, appeared Thursday at a New York courthouse for the trial of a civil defamation lawsuit against him before it was postponed for months.

As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:44am

As America's effort to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan yields little progress, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, with or without U.S. support.

The Latest: North Carolina OKs rolling back 'bathroom bill'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:44am

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

Bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly and heads to governor, who supports it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

Bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly and heads to governor, who supports it.

Family of slain Oklahoma man says audio proves racial bias

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

The attorney for an Oklahoma police officer accused in the shooting death of a black man says a potentially "prejudicial" audio recording should be barred from trial because it's inflammatory.

The Latest: Families of crash victims gathered to grieve

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

The Latest on a deadly crash involving a church bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas (all times local):

Appeals court: Records of cop in Garner death aren't public

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:33am

A state appeals court has ruled that civilian complaints made to a police watchdog agency about the white officer involved in the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner should not be made public.

American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:25am

An American Airlines pilot died after becoming ill just before his plane landed in Albuquerque.

Truck carrying mulch hits, kills 2 children near bus stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:20am

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.

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:20am

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump has given the U.S. military greater authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia.

Woman gets 40 years for antifreeze poisoning of husband

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

A Delaware woman who killed her weightlifter husband by putting antifreeze into his steroid injections has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:10am

A top aide to President Donald Trump is leaving his administration.

'He's free to go': Mexican man says he's hopeful for future

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

Their hug was silent, their smiles broad.

'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

A former nurse's aide known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after he was attacked and beaten in his prison cell.

Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

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.

Lawsuit: Federal judge can't manage her personal affairs

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:00am

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.

Compromise to undo 'bathroom bill' passes key hurdle

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

A compromise that would roll back North Carolina's contentious "bathroom bill" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, but it may not go far enough to quell furor surrounding the law limiting LGBT protections.

Oklahoma court upholds life prison sentence in woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:50am

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old man convicted of dropping a cinder block on a woman's head to "put her out of her misery" after he had slashed her with a machete.

Prosecutors drop sex-for-repairs case against handyman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:47am

Baltimore prosecutors have dropped all charges against a second former handyman who had been accused of trading sex for repairs in a public housing complex.

Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:44am

Senate Republicans on Thursday needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama administration rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.