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States that have gone decades without a lawmaker pay raise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:43pm

Most state legislatures have at least some control over setting their own salaries, though many haven't raised it for years.


Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:43pm

Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Vandals have damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, leaving the region's Jewish community shaken and anxious.

Iowa's top attorney wants to be excused from union lawsuit

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

Iowa's top attorney wants an outside lawyer to defend a new law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, saying in a letter released Tuesday that he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Cloud seeding suspended in Wind River Range

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The Wyoming Water Development Office has suspended cloud seeding operations in the Wind River Range because of the high snowpack that has accumulated so far.

Mom, 2 adult daughters, grandson killed in Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

A 5-year-old boy and his mother, grandmother and aunt were all shot to death at their home in eastern Mississippi, authorities said Tuesday.

Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday.

Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:27pm

The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals.

The Latest: Evacuees take photos, clothes as water rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

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

State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:20pm

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

Dozens rescued from rising waters in San Jose neighborhood

Kristin J. Bender and Marcio J. Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:13pm

Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday.

Racist video draws condemnation, is removed from YouTube

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:13pm

A civil rights group and officials at Old Dominion University are condemning a racist video that was circulating online until YouTube removed it.

The Latest: Man identified in slaying of California officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:10pm

The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

Supreme Court rejects Alabama inmate's death row appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:05pm

Alabama can again try to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for 30 years and had seven execution dates postponed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Trump denounces anti-Semitism; newly forceful condemnation

Catherine Lucey and Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:05pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully.

Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:05pm

Parents of transgender children are slamming a Missouri measure that would require public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:59pm

Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson has been transferred out of an Illinois prison and is now in a federal prison in Indiana.

Judge weighs if government must help rejected travelers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:56pm

A New York judge says the government must identify approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban for a day after a judge ruled against it last month.

Man who discussed attack like Dylann Roof's to stay in jail

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:49pm

Benjamin McDowell will remain in jail for at least a little while after the FBI said the convicted felon wanted to buy a gun to use in a hate crime similar to the South Carolina church shootings two years ago.

Vacationing Utah officer foils robbery at Montana pharmacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:48pm

A vacationing police officer from Utah who stopped at a southwestern Montana grocery store for coffee and Tylenol ended up foiling an armed robbery at the store's pharmacy, authorities said.