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New Mexico hit by 'flash drought' weather phenomenon

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:47pm

Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month combined to create a weather phenomenon called a flash drought.

Mysterious carving found at church where John F. Kennedy wed

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:46pm

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

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:42pm

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.

Prosecutors: Officer comments in Castile shooting admissible

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:37pm

Prosecutors are asking a court to allow statements at trial from a Minnesota police officer charged with killing a black man in a shooting that had its aftermath streamed live on Facebook.

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

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:37pm

Authorities say a serial killer who admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s has been badly beaten inside his prison cell.

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds lethal injection method

Sheila Burke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's lethal injection procedure, a decision that potentially clears the way for a pharmacist to compound a hard-to-obtain execution drug.

Tennessee blocking cities' push to ease marijuana punishment

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

As 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.

Man wrongly named person of interest in 1989 abduction sues

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:24pm

A Minnesota man who claims his reputation was tarnished after he was wrongly named as a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling sued authorities Wednesday, alleging investigators went after him in retaliation and submitted false information to secure a search warrant for his property.

Chicago man pleads not guilty to weapons charge after raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:14pm

The son of a man who was shot and wounded by federal immigration agents has pleaded not guilty in Chicago to a weapons charge in an unrelated case.

US official: 6 fired from Afghanistan embassy for drugs

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:14pm

Six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs.

Trump, Christie pledge to combat nation's opioid addiction

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:10pm

President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis, and he's tapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the fight.

Officers perform CPR on man in lobby at police headquarters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

Four New Hampshire officers are being credited with saving a man's life by performing CPR on him in the police department's front lobby.

State Dept. employee accused of misleading FBI in China case

Ben Nuckols and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

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.

The Latest: 'Erratic' woman drives into US Capitol cruiser

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:05pm

The Latest on a woman who police say drove into a police cruiser at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.:

2 dead in officer-involved shooting, police investigating

Timothy D. Easley and Claire Galofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

Two people killed in an officer-involved shooting in a wealthy Kentucky suburb are suspects in the homicide of an elderly widower in another city 60 miles away.

US judge hearing arguments on longer block to travel ban

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

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

Court bars release of videos made by anti-abortion group

Sudhin Thanawala and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

A federal appeals court on Wednesday barred the release of videos made by an anti-abortion group whose leaders are facing felony charges in California accusing them of recording people without permission in violation of state law.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

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.

Lawsuit: Louisiana police officer took phone, deleted photo

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

A woman is suing officials of a Louisiana city in federal court, claiming a police officer took her cellphone and deleted a picture from it — without a warrant or her consent.

Crews work to spread massive Jackson snow pile to thaw

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:55pm

Crews are working to spread out a massive snow pile so it can thaw in Jackson.