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Rising tensions loom as US, Asian powers discuss NKorea

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:30pm

U.S. officials huddled Monday with key Asian powers to discuss tensions with North Korea, which have been stoked by a recent missile test and an airport killing officials believe was ordered by Pyongyang.

2 receive prison for threats, slurs at black child's party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:30pm

A Georgia judge has sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

Man accused of biting victim's face in anti-Muslim attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:26pm

A Virginia man is accused of biting another man's face after making anti-Muslim slurs in a parking lot at a busy shopping mall late last year.

Palestinian envoy warns against moving US embassy in Israel

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:18pm

The Palestinian's top envoy to the United States is warning that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could disrupt efforts to secure peace in the Middle East.

Officer tried for black man's death: I need public defender

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:18pm

The former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop says he needs a public defender.

Inauguration Day protests spur for study of police actions

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:18pm

The District of Columbia's Police Complaints Board says an independent consultant should examine the actions of police on Inauguration Day. More than 200 people were arrested and charged with rioting that day after protesters broke windows and set fire to a limousine.

Trump Tower climber pleads guilty, can't contact president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:18pm

A 19-year-old man who scaled Trump Tower in New York City in August has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Justices seem sympathetic to immigrant in deportation case

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:17pm

The Supreme Court seems sympathetic to a Mexican immigrant facing deportation after he was convicted of having consensual sex with an underage girl.

60-year sentence for abduction, slaying of Indiana toddler

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:13pm

A southern Indiana man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-month-old girl was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison after a judge accepted his plea agreement.

Pentagon presenting counter-IS plan to White House

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to "rapidly defeat" the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Police: Too soon to talk about new parade safety rules

Rebecca Santana and Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

It's too soon to discuss whether new safety rules will be established after a man accused of driving drunk plowed into a Mardi Gras parade crowd, a New Orleans police spokesman said Monday.

House Intel chair: Trump-Russia ties can't become witch hunt

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:07pm

House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes said Monday that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Montana legislators vote against restricting media photos

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

Proposed legislation in Montana to restrict the news media's publication of fatal accident photographs on social media until the victims' next of kin is notified stalled Monday amid concerns that it would violate press freedom rights.

The Latest: Jewish centers, schools cope with bomb threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:50am

The Latest on vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and a wave of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers around the country (all times local):

Mom of twin toddler boys killed in house fire pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:50am

The mother of twin toddler boys who died in a western New York house fire while she left them alone to buy marijuana has pleaded guilty in connection to their deaths.

Utah bill would keep police names secret after shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:40am

A Utah state legislator is pushing for a "cooling-off period" that would keep secret the names of any law enforcement officers involved in shootings for up to four months.

Inquest scheduled in shooting of man by Montana police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:40am

An inquest has been scheduled for next month in the shooting death of a Wyoming man by a Montana police officer following a standoff in a hotel lobby, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said Monday.

Uncle of boy killed over missing birthday cake gets 10 years

David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:34am

The uncle of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for handcuffing him to a chair and watching the mother's boyfriend pummel the boy senseless after weeks of escalating discipline in the apartment they shared.

Officials identify sailor fatally shot at naval air station

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:34am

Navy officials in Virginia are identifying a sailor fatally shot by a Naval Air Station Oceana security officer.