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3 storm chasers die in crash during Southern Plains storms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:59am

Storms that bore down on Southern Plains states brought powerful winds that upended a tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, killing the driver, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, authorities said.

Wildfire contained in western North Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:43am

Forestry officials in western North Carolina say they've contained a fire that burned nearly 9 square miles near Shortoff Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest.

The Latest: Christie mum on bridge lane-closure sentences

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:40am

The Latest on the sentencing in the George Washington Bridge lane closures (all times local):

After protest, Webb declines to accept Naval Academy award

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:30am

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb from Virginia announced he will not accept a Naval Academy Alumni Association award because of recent protests from other alumni.

Man accused of killing wife tells police she wanted to die

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:30am

A 62-year-old Florida man accused of fatally shooting his wife of 42 years told investigators she suffered from dementia and wanted to die.

Crayola to retire a color; but which one will it be?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:25am

Friday is National Crayon Day and Crayola says it will mark the occasion by retiring one of its colors.

Guilty plea set for woman in Sandy Hook parent threat

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:00am

A Florida woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.

Black women stand up on Twitter following Maxine Waters dig

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:55am

Bill O'Reilly's joke about a congresswoman's wig and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's dressing down of a reporter have spurred black women to take to social media in protest.

SWAT body camera captures dramatic scene of hostage standoff

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:05am

Body camera video captured a scene rarely made public: a Baltimore SWAT supervisor ordering an officer to kill a man holding two children hostage with a knife. While the video is jarring, the footage offers an unusual window into how officers make a difficult decision to use lethal force.

Family ties: 3 Iraqis in US allegedly hid link to kidnapper

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:41am

Adil Hasan and his wife, Enas Ibrahim, came to the U.S. in 2008 as refugees from Iraq, and have been living peacefully in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., ever since.

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It's not

Calvin Woodward and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:45am

The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:45am

The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Judge approves release of jailed Seattle-area 'dreamer'

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:05am

A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled.

Troll for the 'lulz'? A target of online abuse isn't amused

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:58am

and burst into tears.

US judge to hear arguments on longer block to travel ban

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:55am

A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban planned to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to extend his order until the state's lawsuit works its way through the courts.

Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

Paul Elias and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:43am

The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area.

Grand Teton's main road opens for bikers, pedestrians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:43am

The main road through Grand Teton National Park has been plowed clear of snow and is opening up for nonmotorized recreational use.

Undercover videos of fetal tissue talks spur felony charges

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:33am

Two anti-abortion activists who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood conversations about fetal tissue must each face more than a dozen felony charges.

Man linked to art heist to plead guilty in unrelated case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:00am

A reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in U.S. history has agreed to plead guilty to unrelated weapons charges.

New York foster father faces trial in sex abuse case

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:43pm

A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years is set to go on trial on charges he sexually abused eight of the children. In addition to the alleged abuse of the boys, prosecutors also said the man sexually abused a dog in front of a child.