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Schumer says US should appoint 'zika czar' to fight virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Sen Charles Schumer wants the White House to appoint a "zika czar" to coordinate the U.S. response to the mosquito-borne virus that is being blamed for serious birth defects.

Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.

Jury: Man killed wife's twin when wife was due to give birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

A man has been found guilty of killing his wife's twin sister in Massachusetts while his wife was in the hospital getting ready to deliver their second child.

House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

A House committee chairman will summon Michigan's governor and the head of the EPA to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:52am

The state of Georgia has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.

Police: 2 female students die in shooting at Arizona school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

Two students were shot and killed Friday at a school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said.

Ankeny schools implement tighter rules on celebratory treats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

The school district in Ankeny has adopted a new policy banning homemade and store-bought treats from classroom celebrations.

Man, woman from Texas killed in plane crash off Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

A man and woman from Texas were killed when a small plane they were in crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle, officials said Friday.

Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:51am

West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.

Manhole cover crashes into windshield, killing Boston driver

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:41am

A manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds crashed through a windshield, killing a woman as she drove on a major Boston highway during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Utah congressional delegation warns Obama against monument

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation is urging President Barack Obama not to use his broad authority to designate a new national monument in the southeast part of the state.

Carnegie Hall brings more than musical harmony to SC prison

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

One of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons is also home to beautiful music, occasions when gate alarms and tower sirens are replaced by guitar riffs, beat box rhythms and the strains of Vivaldi.

Governor accused of being insensitive with 'Mr. Chiu' joke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is being accused of racial insensitivity over a joke about a Chinese investor's name.

The Latest: After shooting, parents will be bused to kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

The Latest on a shooting at a high school in a Phoenix suburb (all times local):

The Latest: Man, woman killed in plane crash off Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

The Latest on a small plane that crashed off the Florida Panhandle (all times local):

First trial delayed for biker arrested after Texas shootout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

A judge has postponed the first trial scheduled for one of the many bikers arrested after last year's deadly shootout at a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.

'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:40am

From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries.

The Latest: 911 calls recount machete attack at Ohio eatery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:31am

The Latest on an Ohio restaurant attack by a machete-wielding man later killed by police (all times local):

Huge New Jersey fire that burned for 20 hours is contained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:31am

Firefighters on Friday contained a massive warehouse fire that burned out of control for nearly 20 hours and generated so much smoke that it was detected by weather radar and forced some school closures.