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APNewsBreak: California to free 9,500 inmates in 4 years

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:17pm

Corrections officials adopted new criminal sentencing rules on Friday that aim to trim California's prison population by 9,500 inmates after four years.

Charge upgraded for investigator accused in hit-run death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:17pm

A prosecutor's investigator who moonlights as a part-time police officer was arraigned Friday on an upgraded charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after the death of a teenager he is accused of hitting with his county-owned vehicle.

2 killed, 18 students hurt when big rig strikes school bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:00pm

Two drivers were killed and more than a dozen students injured when a tractor-trailer veered into oncoming traffic and struck a passenger car and a bus carrying a Texas high school track team, law enforcement said Friday.

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Outlook looking bleak for GOP on 'Obamacare' repeal bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:59am

The Republicans' capstone health care overhaul seemed in dire trouble Friday as Speaker Paul Ryan weighed strategy at the White House with President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and aides said they lacked the votes to succeed in the House, just hours before a do-or-die showdown demanded by Trump.

London attack: Muslim group raises $25,000 for victims in 48 hours

James Griffiths, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:56am

A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the victims of Wednesday's terror attack in London has met its goal twice-over in under two days.

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

Eileen Sullivan and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:51am

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

North Dakota governor signs concealed carry bill into law

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:47am

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a dozen "constitutional carry" states.

Jurors convict Missouri mother of poisoning 9-year-old son

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:46am

A Missouri mother has been convicted of repeatedly poisoning her son with prescription medications, risking his life in what authorities described as an effort to win attention and possibly inheritance payments.

New Hampshire leads effort to view overdoses as crime scenes

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:35am

A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis.

Recent discrepancies prompt review of Idaho's sunshine law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:35am

Officials with the Idaho secretary of state's office say they want to review the state's entire sunshine laws after finding discrepancies in how lobbying requirements are enforced.

Suspect identified in quadruple Wisconsin shooting

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:27am

The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.

Arkansas inmates make longshot bid to avoid double execution

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs.

Lawsuit seeks community-based options for Ohio's disabled

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

A lawsuit claiming Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience segregation when forced to receive services from institutions due to fewer community- or home-based options will be allowed to proceed.

House lawmakers and aides: Health bill short of support ahead of vote demanded by President Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

House lawmakers and aides: Health bill short of support ahead of vote demanded by President Trump.

Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.

Man indicted on murder charges after parents dismembered

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

A Louisiana man has been indicted on murder charges after authorities say he killed his parents in their Tennessee home and tried to dissolve their bodies in acid while he was visiting them for Thanksgiving.

Police: Woman falsely claims sexual assault by 3 black males

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:00am

Police say an 18-year-old white woman who burst into a church in northeast Texas and claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three black males in ski masks has admitted she lied.

Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Three additional Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.