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Prison for 2 who threatened violence at black child's party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:34pm

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms Monday for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

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Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:34pm

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

Arkansas governor sets execution dates for 8 inmates

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:34pm

Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death.

Smoker who accidentally lit sweatshirt on fire has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:34pm

Authorities say a New Jersey man who accidentally set his hooded sweatshirt on fire while trying to light a cigarette outside a Pennsylvania mall has died.

Stripper sues club saying she was paid essentially nothing

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:26pm

A former exotic dancer at a Wisconsin Dells strip club says the club pays its dancers essentially nothing.

The Latest: Stiff sentence sought for Dylann Roof's friend

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:26pm

The Latest on the church shooting that killed nine people in South Carolina in April 2015 (all times local):

Murder charge nixed against stepdad who is ruled incompetent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:26pm

Charges have been dropped against a New Hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter by submerging her body in a river.

Idaho man charged in girl's shooting wants to take back plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:17pm

An Idaho man charged in a shooting that seriously injured a 10-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Rising tensions loom as US, Asian powers discuss NKorea

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump met China's top foreign policy adviser Monday, and U.S. officials huddled with key Asian powers to discuss tensions with North Korea, which have been stoked by a recent missile test and an airport killing officials believe was ordered by Pyongyang.

Records show EPA's Pruitt used private email, despite denial

Michael Biesecker and Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:07pm

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, despite telling Congress that he always used a state email account for government business.

The Latest: Arkansas inmates' executions set for April

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:00pm

The Latest on Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson setting execution dates for eight inmates on death row (all times local):

911 call: Bar shooting suspect said he'd killed 'Iranians'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:53pm

A bartender at the restaurant where a man was arrested last week for an apparently racially motivated bar shooting of two Indian men told a 911 dispatcher that the suspect admitted shooting two people, but described them as Iranian.

Officer tried for black man's death: I need public defender

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:45pm

The former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop said he needs public help paying for his defense.

Appeals court won't put Trump's travel ban case on hold

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:45pm

A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request from the U.S. Justice Department to put President Donald Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new executive order.

NC church has unconventional rules for sex and marriage

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:45pm

When it comes to relationships, marriage and sex, Word of Faith Fellowship members must follow strict and unusual rules — or risk severe punishment, former members say.

Wyoming grouse breeding a go under bill headed to governor

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:45pm

A senator's skepticism about raising sage grouse in captivity won't keep Wyoming from trying under a bill headed to Gov. Matt Mead's desk.

White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:38pm

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

Pentagon chief presented counter-IS plan to White House

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:34pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday gave the White House a plan to "rapidly defeat" the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Idaho House passes rape kit retention bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:30pm

The Idaho House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would create a statewide standard on how long physical evidence in sexual assault investigations should be retained.

Inauguration Day protests spur for study of police actions

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:25pm

The District of Columbia's police department should appoint an independent consultant to examine the actions of police on Inauguration Day, when more than 200 people were arrested and charged with rioting, the city's Police Complaints Board said in a report Monday.