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Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:08pm

Alabama could be close to ending its one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury's recommendation for life in prison.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:57pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.

Report: Structural problems, flooding caused fatal sinking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:54pm

A National Transportation Safety Board report on the deadly sinking of a Massachusetts fishing vessel says it likely was caused by structural failure of the boat's wooden hull and flooding.

Storm system that hit California moving into the Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:54pm

More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds and possibly tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California this week moves into the Midwest.

Rare baby bongo antelope makes debut at Los Angeles Zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:54pm

A rare baby bongo has made its debut at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Texas Republican criticizes explicit signs at women's march

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:46pm

A Texas Republican is criticizing women who carried explicit signs at the Women's March in Washington last month.

Witnesses say Kansas shooting may have racial overtones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:41pm

A man opened fire at a crowded Kansas bar, killing one man and wounding two others before he was arrested in Missouri hours later, police said Thursday about an attack that some witnesses suggested had racial overtones.

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Priebus, Bannon seek to show off unity at CPAC

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:39pm

President Donald Trump's top two advisers will take the stage together Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in their latest attempt to dispel notions that they are combative rivals fighting for power in the West Wing.

Inmate found dead in Orleans Parish jail

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday on the body of a 23-year-old man who died in the new New Orleans jail — the fourth inmate death at the facility since it opened in September.

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested.

Harrison drops out of DNC race, backs Perez

Lisa Lerer and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:25pm

South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison is exiting the race for Democratic National Committee chairman and throwing his support to Tom Perez, solidifying the former Labor Secretary's place as the front-runner in a still-volatile contest.

Officials concerned about housing shortage on Oregon coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city.

Thousands return home as flood waters recede in California

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

Thousands of people evacuated from a flood in San Jose, California, returned home Thursday amid warnings to be careful about hygiene and handling food that may have come into contact with flood water.

Boy, 6, killed when SUV crashes into dentist's office lobby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:20pm

Authorities say a 6-year-old boy was killed in the lobby of a dentist's office when a Mercedes SUV smashed through the window.

Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:07pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media at a time when the Trump administration has accused reporters of being dishonest and delivering "fake news."

Dayton blasts Trump's transgender bathroom reversal

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:56am

Gov. Mark Dayton blasted President Donald Trump's administration Thursday for reversing federal guidance that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, urging Minnesota schools to continue operating under the previous directive.

Police officer honored for heroism after apartment explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:56am

A Maryland police officer who was the first to respond to a gas explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at an apartment complex last year has received his department's highest honor.

Indiana store sells winning $435 million Powerball ticket

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

The sole winning ticket for an estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot — the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history — was sold at a northern Indiana convenience store where a store official said Thursday she hopes the winner is someone local.

South Dakota men charged with baiting mountain lions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:34am

Two men in western South Dakota have been charged with illegally baiting mountain lions with deer carcasses.