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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.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:07pm

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.

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.

$3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer will receive $3.35 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in Wisconsin, attorneys announced on Thursday.

Mississippi jail bribery probe now reaches into Alabama

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

An Alabama consultant has admitted to lying to FBI agents about a contract at a county jail in Alabama.

Christie on the radio? He says he'll consider his options

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:26am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll consider his options after he leaves office and hasn't declared himself a candidate to work at a sports radio station in New York.

Dunford: Counter-IS plan will have global scope

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

A Pentagon-led review of strategy to defeat the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up action against IS but also to counter al-Qaida and other extremist groups beyond Iraq and Syria, the nation's top military officer said Thursday.

Son killed protecting mom at Subway shop where both worked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot as he tried to protect his mother during an attempted robbery at the store.

Stranded hiker from Nevada rescued in southern Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

A stranded hiker from Nevada is safe after a search and rescue team in southern Utah pulled her off a cliff in a snowstorm near Cedar City.

Lead lawyer defends handling of prep school rape case

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:10am

The lead lawyer for a New Hampshire prep school graduate charged with sexual assault is defending his handling of the case, saying his team prevented "toxic" and damaging evidence from being presented at trial.