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Lawsuit: Sword blade flew from handle, pierced teen's head

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:33pm

The parents of a Kentucky teenager say the steel blade of a samurai sword broke off its handle and flew in the air as he played with friends, piercing the boy's forehead and leaving him in a coma for weeks.

Michigan Senate OKs $5M sinkhole loan, allots Flint funds

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:33pm

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a $5 million interest-free state loan to help repair a large sinkhole in suburban Detroit, narrowly rejecting a call to stick with a House plan that would instead give Macomb County a $3 million infrastructure grant.

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds lethal injection method

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:33pm

The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's lethal injection procedure, a decision that potentially clears the way for a pharmacist to compound a hard-to-obtain execution drug.

Prosecutors: Foster father's home a 'horrific place'

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:33pm

A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years and is on trial for sexually abusing eight of the children operated a house that was a "horrific place" where boys lived in fear and needed permission to go to the bathroom, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Latest: At least 1 tornado strikes Houston area.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:30pm

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'Hurry up, hurry up!': 911 calls capture chaos at nightclub

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:30pm

Recordings of people calling 911 after a nightclub shooting in Cincinnati in which one person was killed and 16 injured capture the chaos of the incident.

Man accused of threatening Jewish centers appears in court

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:26pm

A former journalist from St. Louis who was arrested on a cyberstalking charge related to threats against Jewish organizations made his first New York court appearance on Wednesday and was given legal representation.

Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:25pm

Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes.

Attorney: Video sheds little light on New Orleans shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:25pm

An attorney for the family of a New Orleans man shot to death by police in January says a video released by the police department doesn't clear up whether the man had a weapon.

The Latest: Ex-prison officials warn against executions plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:20pm

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David Friedman sworn in as Trump's US ambassador to Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:20pm

Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as U.S. envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump's first ambassador to take office.

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Woman, 20, charged with plowing into Capitol Police cruiser

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:15pm

A 20-year-old woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets near the Capitol for nearly three hours.

Arkansas board urges rejection of 3rd execution clemency bid

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:15pm

The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Wednesday that an inmate's request to be spared from lethal injection be rejected, the third clemency bid knocked down this week as the state prepares an unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over 10 days in April.

US judge questions government on narrowing travel ban block

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:15pm

A federal judge in Hawaii questioned a government attorney Wednesday who urged him to narrow his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban after arguing that a freeze on the nation's refugee program had no effect on the state.

The Latest: Police ID woman who drove into Capitol cruiser

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:11pm

The Latest on an incident outside the U.S. Capitol in which police say a woman rammed a police car (all times local):

Day care provider ticketed after girl tests positive for THC

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:00pm

A southeastern Nebraska child care provider is in hot water after authorities say a child in her care tested positive for the psychoactive drug in marijuana.

State Dept. employee accused of misleading FBI in China case

Ben Nuckols and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:55pm

A veteran State Department employee has been charged with making false statements to the FBI about gifts she had received from Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

Catherine Lucey and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:55pm

Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges

Matthew Daly and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:55pm

Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.