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Mitch McConnell interrupted as Trump protests continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Two demonstrators interrupted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech before a suit-and-tie crowd Thursday, underscoring protesters' frustrations after three days of limited public appearances that required a ticket to attend.

Authorities: Suspect arrested in case of missing teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Authorities announced Thursday they arrested a man on murder charges in the disappearance of a high school teacher in rural south Georgia more than 11 years ago.

Giffords to lawmakers: 'Have some courage' and meet voters

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt, urged members of Congress to "have some courage" and face their constituents.

Mia Love pushes for over-the-counter birth control

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:57pm

Republican Rep. Mia Love says that though she's opposed to abortion, she's running a proposal to make it easier to get birth control pills by allowing women to get it over-the-counter.

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Bannon offers Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:53pm

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a rare public appearance, ticked down a list Thursday of the three most important things President Donald Trump has begun to accomplish in the first month of his administration.

Texas Republican criticizes explicit signs at women's march

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:52pm

A Texas Republican said Thursday he was deeply disturbed by explicit signs at the Women's March on Washington last month while acknowledging that President Donald Trump's vulgar and sexually predatory comments about women triggered the display.

Man drives off highway after girlfriend killed herself there

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:47pm

A man attempted suicide by driving off a winding Southern California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same manner at the same spot, authorities said Thursday.

Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmon

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:47pm

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system.

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Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:42pm

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:33pm

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.

The Latest: Union backs off-duty officer in fight with teens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:33pm

The Latest on an off-duty California police officer's fight with teens (all times local):

Michigan office gets more time to decide on school closures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:30pm

Gov. Rick Snyder has given Michigan's School Reform Office more time before deciding which of 38 chronically underperforming schools will be closed.

New Yale Law dean stresses standing up for rule of law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:23pm

As the next dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken says a key challenge will be figuring how best to stand up for the rule of law.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:18pm

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.

Environmental groups reach deal on Idaho wolf derby lawsuit

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:17pm

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by environmental groups involving a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho as part of a settlement agreement that requires federal officials to notify the groups if another contest is planned.

Authorities say 11-year-old case of missing Georgia teacher has been solved; suspect arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:17pm

Authorities say 11-year-old case of missing Georgia teacher has been solved; suspect arrested.

North Carolina: Power struggle intensifies with governor

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:17pm

The tug of war over whether North Carolina's GOP-led legislature can subject the Cabinet choices of a new Democratic governor to confirmation has intensified, with senators agreeing to subpoena a department head who failed to appear before a committee.

Storm system that hit California moving into the Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:10pm

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.

Ex-firefighter who raped underage girls gets sent to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:09pm

A former upstate New York firefighter who chaperoned his fire department's teen dances has been sentenced to three years in prison for raping underage girls.