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Michigan Senate OKs $5M sinkhole loan, allots Flint funds

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:46pm

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a $5 million interest-free state loan to help repair a large sinkhole in suburban Detroit, narrowly rejecting a call to stick with a House plan that would instead give Macomb County a $3 million infrastructure grant.

US judge questions government on narrowing travel ban block

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:45pm

A federal judge in Hawaii questioned a government attorney Wednesday who urged him to narrow his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban after arguing that a freeze on the nation's refugee program had no effect on the state.

State Dept. employee accused of misleading FBI in China case

Ben Nuckols and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:45pm

A veteran State Department employee has been charged with making false statements to the FBI about gifts she had received from Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Day care provider ticketed after girl tests positive for THC

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:45pm

A southeastern Nebraska child care provider is in hot water after authorities say a child in her care tested positive for the psychoactive drug in marijuana.

David Friedman sworn in as Trump's US ambassador to Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:45pm

Bankruptcy attorney David Friedman has been sworn in as U.S. envoy to Israel, becoming President Donald Trump's first ambassador to take office.

Orrin Hatch says he may not run in 2018 if Mitt Romney does

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:40pm

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's still considering running for his Utah Senate seat next year but might forgo a run if former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney jumped in.

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges

Matthew Daly and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:37pm

Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.

Arkansas board urges rejection of 3rd execution clemency bid

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:34pm

The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Wednesday that a murderer's request to be spared from lethal injection be rejected, the third clemency bid knocked down this week as the state prepares an unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over 10 days in April.

'Get me cars, now!': Radio calls capture chaos at nightclub

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:34pm

Recordings of police officers responding to a nightclub shooting in Cincinnati in which one person was killed and 16 injured illustrate the gravity of the unfolding crisis.

Tennessee blocking cities' push to ease marijuana punishment

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

As some states and cities around the nation look to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession, Tennessee's conservative Republican legislature is blocking that trend in Nashville and Memphis.

Census suggests counting LGBT, then "corrects" and deletes

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since "corrected" the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign that President Donald Trump was reneging on a campaign promise to protect them.

Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

Ivanka Trump is joining her father's administration as an official employee.

The Latest: New York foster father sex abuse trial begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:25pm

The Latest on trial of New York foster father accused of sexual abuse (all times local):

Prep school apologizes for 1970s sexual abuse of students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:15pm

A New Jersey prep school says it's "deeply sorry" for the sexual misconduct against students and other children committed by three faculty members in the 1970s.

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:06pm

Melania Trump helped present State Department awards Wednesday to 13 women from around the globe who were recognized for demonstrating courage and leadership in the face of adversity, a group she praised as "true heroes."

Lawsuit: Sword blade flew from handle, pierced teen's head

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:06pm

The parents of a Kentucky teenager say a Georgia company sold a defective Samurai sword that pierced the boy through the forehead as he and his friends played with it.

Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wed

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:57pm

A mysterious carving of a woman's face has been discovered at the church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953, the church announced Wednesday.

New Mexico hit by 'flash drought' weather phenomenon

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:57pm

Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month prompted dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs.

Lawsuit: Louisiana police officer took phone, deleted photo

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

A police officer in Louisiana took a woman's cellphone and deleted a picture from it — without a warrant or her consent — according to a lawsuit she filed Wednesday in federal court.

'Angel of Death' serial killer badly beaten in Ohio prison

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:55pm

A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s was beaten in his cell and is in critical condition, state authorities said Wednesday.