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Hundreds rescued from California floodwaters in San Jose

Kristin J. Bender and Marcio J. Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:22pm

Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, on Tuesday from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek.

The Latest: State: Reforms didn't cut sentence of suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:20pm

The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

More tests needed on Russian UN ambassador's cause of death

Jennifer Peltz and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:14pm

Medical examiners who performed an autopsy on Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that more tests are needed to determine how and why he fell ill in his office and later died.

No penalty for furling Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:13pm

The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.

Utah moves to toss school ban on 'advocacy of homosexuality'

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:10pm

Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the "advocacy of homosexuality" in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups.

Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:10pm

The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday.

Judge orders government to identify Jan. 28-29 travelers

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:03pm

The government must release to civil rights lawyers the names of approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban in the day after a judge first ruled against it last month, a New York judge said Tuesday.

4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:03pm

The federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Trump denounces anti-Semitism in newly forceful condemnation

Catherine Lucey and Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:03pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully.

The Latest: 225 people evacuated from flooded neighborhood

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:00pm

The Latest on the storms in California (all times local):

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:52pm

Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:52pm

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

The Latest: Charges say teen boys planned to rob, kill girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:50pm

The Latest on two 16-year-old boys charged with shooting a girl in the head (all times local):

Trump calls recent anti-Semitic incidents 'horrible'

Jeremy Diamond CNN  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:43pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the US are "horrible" and "painful" as he faced a growing chorus of calls from Democrats and Jewish leaders urging him to speak out.

The Latest: Trump blames 'liberal activists' for protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:40pm

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Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin told a Miami jury Tuesday he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without any valid papers because he feared being kidnapped or worse after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group linked to a sports agent and a baseball trainer.

Maryland's assault weapons ban upheld by US appeals court

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.

Former Montana legislator faces federal drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

A former Montana lawmaker, who in 2007 supported giving $4 million in state money to the Montana Meth Project, has denied federal charges that say he possessed and sold just over a pound of methamphetamine last year.

Giant cross at former Holy Land theme park is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:30pm

Vandals have defaced a giant cross overlooking a Connecticut city from the site of the former Holy Land theme park.

'Refugees Welcome' banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:20pm

The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying "Refugees Welcome."