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San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:52pm

The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood.

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

Sadie Gurman and Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:50pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Alabama bidding to set execution date for convicted killer

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:34pm

Alabama moved Wednesday to set yet another execution date for a convicted killer who has been on death row for more than 30 years and has eluded seven previous attempts to put him to death.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Maria Danilova and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:27pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Utah town struggles after teens charged in girl's shooting

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:23pm

Residents of a small town in northern Utah struggled to comprehend Wednesday why two teenage boys plotted to rob and kill a 14-year-old girl before shooting her in the head and leaving her critically wounded in a ditch, according to prosecutors.

Mexican woman tied to Kansas gun killing deported

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:14pm

A Mexican woman who tried to hide a gun her boyfriend used to fatally shoot a Kansas teenager has been deported, the government said Wednesday.

Internet disruptions for some in WA, ID and MT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:14pm

Telephone and Internet service for Frontier Communications customers was restored after being disrupted in parts of southeastern Washington, northern Idaho and Montana after a truck damaged a fiber-optic cable.

The Latest: Some San Jose evacuees allowed to return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:04pm

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Bill filed to loosen knot over N Carolina "bathroom bill"

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:01pm

North Carolina lawmakers filed a bipartisan bill Wednesday aimed at breaking an impasse over the state's "bathroom bill," but it's likely to face tough going in the Republican-controlled legislature.

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Meg Kinnard and Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The man convicted of killing nine worshippers during Bible study at a black church in 2015 drove toward a second black parish afterward, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, but no one was there because that sanctuary's class had been canceled.

Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Conservatives welcome Trump with delight _ and wariness

Lisa Lerer and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House.

Court rules Riverton not part of Indian Country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:43pm

The city of Riverton and surrounding lands are not part of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, an appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case that involves federal air-quality law and had major implications for the city's day-to-day business.

Utah lawmaker's resolution reaffirms push for public lands

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:42pm

Days after a blistered outdoor recreation industry yanked a lucrative expo from Utah to protest the state's public lands policy, Utah lawmakers are working on a resolution that reaffirms their push to gain control of public lands from the U.S. government.

The Latest: Attorney says shooting has torn apart 3 families

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:33pm

The Latest on a teenage girl who was shot in the head and left in a ditch in Utah (all times local):

Utah lawmakers express support for refugee rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:25pm

A resolution expressing Utah's commitment to protecting the rights of legal immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution has received full support from a panel of lawmakers.

2 men sentenced for hate crime attack against Somalis

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:25pm

Two southwest Kansas men were punished Wednesday for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country.

Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Michael Biesecker and Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show.

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:10pm

Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion.