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A very public spat between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats is dashing the party's hopes for a drama-free succession in the wake of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement.
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Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  posted 23 minutes ago
Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay.
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School threats by text, phone apps frustrate schools, police

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press  |  posted 31 minutes ago
Threats against schools don't just come written on bathroom walls these days. Spread using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services, anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school evacuations and responses by police or other authorities.
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Texas bill would bar gun ownership status in medical record

David Warren, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 11:51pm
Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep a person's gun ownership status from being listed in their medical records, a move health providers worry would be an unnecessary government intrusion that harms their consultations with patients.
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New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges

Eric Tucker and Sean Carlin, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 11:33pm
A defiant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez declared that he's "not going anywhere" after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
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Arizona recycling truck driver saves kitten from the trash

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 9:01pm
A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash.
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Advocate says Indiana woman's sentence for feticide alarming

Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:01pm
An Indiana woman received a 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant, a punishment the head of a national advocacy group called cruel and a misuse of the state's feticide law.
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Education advocate chosen to lead Ashland University in Ohio

The Associated Press  |  posted 44 minutes ago
Ashland University in Ohio says it has chosen a new president with a background in education leadership and advocacy.
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Woman's body recovered from Mississippi River in Minneapolis

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 2nd - 12:40am
Authorities say the body of a young woman was recovered from the Mississippi River near the spot where a missing University of Minnesota student entered the water.
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Future of pumpkin festival in New Hampshire council's hands

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 2nd - 12:30am
The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by violent disturbances nearby last year.
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Teacher licensing board scheduled to discuss Baesler

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 2nd - 12:30am
North Dakota's teacher licensing board is scheduled to discuss state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.
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Deadline looms for W.Va. college financial aid grants

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 2nd - 12:20am
The clock is ticking for West Virginia high school seniors to be considered for a higher education grant to attend a state college or university.
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SD Regents to consider 5.8 percent average tuition increase

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 2nd - 12:10am
The state Board of Regents is scheduled to take up a proposal to raise tuition and fees for South Dakota's six public universities by an average of 5.8 percent for the upcoming school year.
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California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 11:40pm
California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.
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Mom of kids found in freezer faces hearing on murder charges

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 11:31pm
A 35-year-old Detroit mother faces arraignment in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer.
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Fire destroys Ore. high school cafeteria; classes Monday

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 11:21pm
A high school in this Willamette Valley city is expected to be closed until Monday after a large fire early Wednesday destroyed a building that housed the cafeteria, band and choir rooms. No one was hurt.
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Chowchilla school bus kidnapper wins release from prison

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 10:21pm
One of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, California, nearly 40 years ago was granted parole Wednesday in San Luis Obispo.
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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Eric Tucker and Sean Carlin, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 10:21pm
Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
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Woman charged with killing lawyer in DC hotel

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:41pm
Police have charged a 21-year-old woman in the stabbing death of a lawyer at an upscale hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Bill to settle Douglas-Ducey Board of Education fight dies

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:41pm
A bill designed to prevent future fights over who controls employees of the state Board of Education died Wednesday in the Arizona House after conservatives revolted against what they saw as a weakening of the state school superintendent's power.
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Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:31pm
Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
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Republicans pushing bill repealing Common Core standards

Riley Snyder, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:11pm
A group of Nevada Republicans are trying to make the state the latest to repeal Common Core education standards.
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Student charged with sexual abuse at campus day care center

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:01pm
A Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually abusing two preschool boys at a campus day care center where he worked has pleaded not guilty.
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Duke University investigates noose found hanging on campus

Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 7:51pm
Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents.
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