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Black lawmakers say they had candid conversation with Trump

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:32pm

Black lawmakers emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday saying the president was at least willing to listen to their concerns that his policies and positions could hurt their African-American constituents.

She thought someone passed out drunk. Then she saw a uniform

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:28pm

A woman living in a small community on the edge of the nation's largest American Indian reservation saw flashing police lights down the road from her home one night and assumed it was her neighbor getting stopped for driving drunk.

The Latest: Officer among those shot in Wisconsin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:20pm

The Latest on shooting that injured two people and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown in northern Wisconsin (all times local):

Judge: Louisiana law violates refugee's right to marry

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17pm

A year ago, a state law blocked a U.S. citizen born in a refugee camp from getting married in Louisiana. A court victory Wednesday means the man and his fiancee are free to make wedding plans.

Police: Officer among victims in northern Wisconsin shooting; injuries not disclosed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:17pm

Police: Officer among victims in northern Wisconsin shooting; injuries not disclosed.

APNewsBreak: California may face 'significant risk' from dam

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

California is courting a "very significant risk" if a damaged spillway on the nation's tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state's plan leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Life sentence upheld for father who tossed girl into creek

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the life sentence of a man who threw his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was strapped into her car seat and weighed down by a tire jack.

Wisconsin fugitive convicted of kidnapping Michigan student

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

A woman captured last year while living under an alias in Wisconsin was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping a Detroit-area college student in 2000.

Mom: Teen daughter afraid to come home after Chicago attack

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who authorities say was sexually assaulted in an attack streamed live on Facebook said Wednesday that her daughter has received online threats since it happened and that neighborhood kids have been joking about it and harassing her family.

LAPD: Latinos report fewer sex crimes amid immigration fears

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

The police chief of Los Angeles, a city that is half Latino, found himself in the middle of the national immigration debate on Wednesday after saying there's a correlation between the Trump administration's call for stiffer immigration policies and a drop in the number of Hispanics reporting sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump's wrath

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

Hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the House GOP health bill are bracing for payback from a president who claims his favorite biblical passage is "an eye for an eye." Many appear ready to risk it.

Onetime defendant in legendary Lufthansa heist is rearrested

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

An aging mobster who beat a charge that he took part in a legendary heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas" was accused Wednesday in a less noteworthy crime — getting a group of gangsters, including John "Dapper Don" Gotti's namesake grandson, to torch a car that cut him off in traffic.

Coast Guard searches for man who fell from cruise ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

The U.S. Coast Guard says crews are searching for a Florida man who fell off a Carnival cruise ship near Cuba.

Body of missing Idaho man found in Kootenai River

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:08pm

The body of an Idaho man who slipped into the Kootenai River near Troy in December has been recovered.

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Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:00pm

Their top legislative priority dangling in peril, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. A day ahead of a long-awaited House showdown roll call, conservatives insisted they had the votes to torpedo the measure and the number of lawmakers publicly expressing opposition snowballed.

19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:58pm

A 19-year-old candidate seeking a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia is headed to a runoff election next month.

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What's the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?

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AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

National Park Service: DC cherry trees start bloom period

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

The National Park Service says Washington's famous cherry trees are blooming again after a killing frost.

The Latest: Louisiana lawmaker promises to fix marriage law

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

The Latest on a challenge of Louisiana's marriage law (all times local):