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Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:04pm

The Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

Lawyers wrap up bribery trial of ex-Utah attorney general

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:04pm

Closing arguments are underway in the bribery case of former Utah attorney general, one of the highest-profile scandals in state history.

Seeing bias, NAACP seeks review in building collapse case

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:49am

A civil rights group asked Philadelphia's top prosecutor to review the convictions of two black demolition workers serving long manslaughter sentences in a fatal building collapse.

Texas court hears case that could dent gay marriage right

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:49am

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a Houston case that top Republicans hope will provide an opening to chip away at the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

DC's cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in 2 weeks

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:49am

A mild winter could mean the earliest bloom on record for Washington's famous cherry trees, officials announced Wednesday.

Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:49am

California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday.

Ex-judge banned from Nevada bench for handcuffing of lawyer

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:40am

A former Las Vegas justice of the peace has been barred for life from the court bench in Nevada as punishment for a series of courtroom confrontations, including ordering a defense attorney to be handcuffed when she wouldn't stop arguing to keep a client out of jail.

Trump salutes widow of slain SEAL in emotional moment

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:32am

The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber, tears streaming down her face as she looked upward and appeared to whisper to her husband.

Sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds Louisiana robbery suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:32am

A deputy has shot a man accused of robbing a customer inside a Baton Rouge gas station.

The Latest: Trump meets with Republican leaders of Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

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Ex-Secret Service agent pleads guilty to enticing teen girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

An ex-U.S. Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

US general: Russia inadvertently struck US-backed Syrians

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

A U.S. general says a Russian airstrike in Syria hit U.S.-backed Syrian Arab forces who are part of the fight against the Islamic State group.

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Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:19am

A spring-like storm system spawned tornadoes that destroyed more than 100 homes and killed three people in the central U.S. before it rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.

The Latest: Feds drop 5 cases brought by arrested officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:19am

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Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

Matthew Lee and Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:18am

President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, American officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.

3 students still hospitalized after Mardi Gras parade crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:08am

Three middle school students remain hospitalized Wednesday after a sport-utility vehicle plowed into a marching band during a Mardi Gras parade on the Alabama coast.

Idaho bill seeks to block lawmaker emails from public view

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:08am

All emails, texts and other communications between members of the Idaho Legislature would be considered private and blocked from public disclosure under a newly introduced proposal.

Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

Former Associated Press foreign correspondent Sam Summerlin, who was the first to report the Korean War had ended and covered everything from Latin American revolutions to U.S. race riots during a long and distinguished career, has died. He was 89.

Zion National Park closes climbing cliffs to protect falcons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

More than a dozen climbing routes on rocky cliffs in southern Utah's Zion National Park have been temporarily closed to help protect peregrine falcons.

The Latest: 47 years prison for father in slaying of 4 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

The Latest on the sentencing of a Detroit-area man who killed his two children and two stepchildren (all times local):