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Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:52pm

A spring-like storm system spawned tornadoes that destroyed more than 100 homes and killed three people in the central U.S. before it rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.

Club shooter's wife to go free before trial on aiding attack

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:52pm

The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub is not dangerous and will be released from jail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding the attack, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

The Latest: Prosecutor: Utah official had key bribery role

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:50pm

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Heroin addict gets life for killing his friend's girlfriend

David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:40pm

A Maryland judge sentenced a homeless heroin addict to life imprisonment Wednesday for killing a woman who had given him shelter but then threatened to expose him for stealing several hundred dollars from two businesses.

Immigrant licenses complicate Minnesota's Real ID effort

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:34pm

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pressed lawmakers Wednesday to allow immigrants living in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses as part of Minnesota's effort to meet new federal ID standards for boarding domestic flights, a move that sparked immediate outcry from Republicans who control the Legislature.

7 Baltimore officers charged in damning federal indictment

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:27pm

Seven officers assigned to a gun tracing task force stole money from victims they falsely detained, wrote fake police reports, lied to investigators and filed for overtime they didn't work, according to a damning federal indictment that comes as the troubled Baltimore Police Department struggles with reforms.

Deputy: Multiple people dead, injured in Oregon house fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:22pm

Multiple people were killed and others seriously injured when a house fire broke out overnight in a small town in Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.

'Burn in hell' says wife whose Detroit-area husband killed 4

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:22pm

A Detroit-area man who served 16 years in prison for killing his first wife was locked up Wednesday for nearly 50 more for the carbon-monoxide deaths of his two young children and fatal shootings of two stepchildren, an attack that also left his second wife barely alive.

Trump's office on immigrant crime is dramatic overhaul

Sadie Gurman and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:22pm

President Donald Trump is spotlighting violence committed by immigrants, announcing the creation of a national office that can assist American victims of such crimes. He said during his address Tuesday night that the Homeland Security Department's Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement office will provide a voice for people ignored by the media and "silenced by special interests."

The Latest: Fugitive charged with second Mississippi murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:22pm

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APNewsBreak: School led locker room assault investigation

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:20pm

The investigation into the sexual assault of a disabled black football player by his white teammates at a small-town Idaho high school showed that crucial evidence was collected by school employees, not law enforcement officials, and that the culture that led to the attack stretched far beyond the locker room.

Virginia school board: Court should delay transgender case

Mark Sherman and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:20pm

The Virginia school board that wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys' restroom at his high school is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to weigh in.

Latest: Woman says sister-in-law survived plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:20pm

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The Latest: WH says Conway promo of Ivanka line inadvertent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:20pm

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Former Secretary of State Kerry joints Carnegie Endowment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:20pm

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is joining a Washington think tank to serve as its first visiting distinguished statesman.

US general: Russia inadvertently struck US-backed Syrians

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:04pm

A Russian airstrike in northern Syria hit U.S.-backed Syrian Arab forces who are part of the fight against the Islamic State group, a senior U.S. general said Wednesday.

19 in Europe, US charged in international fraud schemes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 1:04pm

Officials say 19 people have been charged in Europe and the U.S. with taking part in international fraud and money laundering conspiracies costing more than $13 million.

The Latest: Orlando shooter's wife won't be freed for 2 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:56pm

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Police: Kentucky officer shoots man, condition unknown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:56pm

Police in Kentucky say an officer has shot a man, and the man is in unknown condition.

Texas court hears case that could dent gay marriage right

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:45pm

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a Houston case that top Republicans hope will provide an opening to chip away at the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.