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Trump adviser Bannon won't be charged in Florida vote probe

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump's senior adviser Steve Bannon will not face charges related to his registration to vote in Miami despite spending most of his time elsewhere, Florida prosecutors announced Thursday.

Missing 91-year-old judge with memory loss sought by police

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:07pm

State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his home.

California's robust mountain snowpack boosts flood concerns

Rich Pedroncelli and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

As big wet snowflakes fell high in California's mountains on Thursday, surveyors on snowshoes measured the state's deepest springtime snowdrifts in years and said the result boosted their concerns that the state could face more destructive floods.

Amnesty International worried about El Chapo jail conditions

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

An official with Amnesty International wants to interview Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman about allegations he's being mistreated in the high-security wing of a federal jail in New York that's housed mobsters and terrorists.

North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments.

Roger Stone: I'll beat suit even if jury thinks I'm a devil

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

Republican strategist Roger Stone said Thursday that jurors may think he's "the devil" but he still expects to beat a defamation lawsuit accusing him of circulating a mailer calling a political candidate a sexual predator.

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Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:01pm

A top aide to President Donald Trump said she is leaving his administration to join a pro-Trump outside group, America First Policies.

Sessions seeks to speed deportation of federal inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:00pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to speed up the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally who have been convicted of federal crimes.

WH dispatches aide after pro-Trump groups MIA on health care

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:56pm

The White House is so troubled by the failure of outside groups to promote the health care plan backed by President Donald Trump that a senior aide is being dispatched to rectify the situation.

After multiple-county crime spree, police kill 2 in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:49pm

Authorities in Kentucky say that two people killed by officers after allegedly stabbing an elderly widower to death were already on the run from the law for stealing a gun and a truck in another county.

Bill would let states block some Planned Parenthood money

Mary Clare Jalonick and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:48pm

Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers advanced toward Senate passage Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

White House invites lawmakers to see intelligence material

Julie Pace and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:46pm

The White House refused to say on Thursday whether it gave the top Republican on the House intelligence committee access to highly classified materials. But it invited a bipartisan group from the panel to view information it says relates to surveillance of President Donald Trump's associates.

3 killed in home invasion broke into property earlier in day

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34pm

Authorities say three Oklahoma teenagers who were shot dead during a suspected home invasion broke into a detached garage on the property earlier the same day and stole liquor from a game room.

No joke: New England to get snow dump on April Fools' Day

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A major snowstorm is brewing in New England just in time for April Fools' Day. And it's no laughing matter for winter-weary residents.

Lawyer wants information about drugs for Arkansas executions

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:26pm

A lawyer went to court Thursday hoping to obtain information about the three drugs Arkansas will use in an unprecedented run of executions next month, but prison officials say the material is part of a secret they must keep to protect its supplier.

Christie office rejects judge's comments on venomous culture

Michael Catalini and David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

Gov. Chris Christie's administration defended itself Thursday against comments made by a federal judge who partly blamed a venomous climate inside state government on the orchestration of lane closures by two former aides at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge.

Casper preps for foreign private jets during eclipse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:16pm

People and companies from 19 foreign countries have inquired with the U.S. Customs office in Casper about flying private jets to Natrona County during the eclipse in August.

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Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:12pm

Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin.

Cyprus businessman suing Buzzfeed for unproven Trump dossier

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

A businessman based in Cyprus is suing the Buzzfeed online media outlet for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during last year's U.S. election.

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

President Donald Trump has granted the U.S. military more authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia, approving a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive airstrikes, officials said Thursday.