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Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:26pm

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.

What happens if Trump pulls transgender bathroom guidance?

Sadie Gurman and Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:26pm

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.

Man fleeing traffic stop struck, killed by sheriff's truck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:26pm

The Georgia State Patrol says a man fleeing a traffic stop was struck and killed by a west Georgia sheriff who wasn't part of any police pursuit.

The Latest: Mayor concedes communication lapses in flooding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:10pm

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

Man convicted of throwing baby son off bridge to his death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

A man was convicted of murder Wednesday for throwing his baby son off a 90-foot-high bridge to his death.

College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:00pm

The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:47am

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.

Milwaukee police chief denies stop-and-frisk allegation

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:46am

Milwaukee's police chief denies that the police department has a stop-and-frisk policy, though he maintains that traffic stops in "high crime areas" reduce crime.

Bill to allow armed school staff goes to Senate floor

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:30am

A Senate committee has advanced a bill that would allow K-12 school personnel to carry concealed guns.

House speaker getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:25am

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:17am

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.

Flight school plane crashes in swamp near runway, killing 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:17am

Authorities say a plane from a local flight school has crashed in a swampy area near the end of a runaway at a Connecticut airport, killing one occupant and seriously injuring the other.

2 men face sentencing for Kansas hate crime attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:17am

Two Kansas men are due to be sentenced for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali men.

Police release audio of suspect in Indiana girls' deaths

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:16am

A teenage girl turned her cellphone on and recorded a man saying "down the hill" before she and a friend were killed along a northern Indiana hiking trail last week, authorities said Wednesday.

Orrin Hatch: Trump's court pick is 1 of US's best judges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:57am

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is one of the best judges in the country and will protect religious liberties is he's confirmed to the high court.

Missing skier found alive near Jackson Hole resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:57am

A skier missing in Grand Teton National Park since Monday has been found alive.

Death lawsuit: Jail shower 'seemingly designed' for suicide

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:57am

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:50am

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

Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:45am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race.