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State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:49pm

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

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Trump targets many more immigrants for possible deportation

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:49pm

Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of U.S. immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Vacationing Utah officer foils robbery at Montana pharmacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:48pm

A vacationing police officer from Utah who stopped at a southwestern Montana grocery store for coffee and Tylenol ended up foiling an armed robbery at the store's pharmacy, authorities said.

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:46pm

A California man who used a woman he took hostage as a human shield from police gunfire after a deadly bank robbery and car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in an emotional hearing.

The Latest: Trump 'saddened' by death of Russian diplomat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:40pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

McAuliffe vetoes bill cutting abortion clinics' funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:35pm

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have restricted funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

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

Jennifer Peltz and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:34pm

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.

Trump praises new African American museum during first visit

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:34pm

President Donald Trump denounced "bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms" during his first visit to the new Smithsonian black history museum on Tuesday.

Gucci gone: $24,000 purse pilfered from store display

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:30pm

Police in Charleston are looking for a suspect with expensive taste.

US appeals court upholds Maryland assault weapons ban

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:24pm

A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland's ban on 45 assault weapons and a 10-round limit on gun magazines.

Iowa's top attorney wants to be excused from union lawsuit

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:15pm

Iowa's top attorney wants an outside lawyer to defend a new law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, saying in a letter released Tuesday that he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Fort Hood soldier from Massachusetts dies in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:14pm

A Fort Hood soldier originally from Massachusetts has died in Iraq.

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:07pm

Vandals have damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, leaving the region's Jewish community shaken and anxious.

Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:07pm

The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez's leg gives away her past.

US Senate leader: Winners make policy, losers go home

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:06pm

Nearly 1,000 people jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he drove to a speech Tuesday where he told local business leaders that "winners make policy and the losers go home."

A look at naturalizations in the US, by the numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:57pm

Nearly 1 million people applied to become U.S. citizens the fiscal year through September 2016. Advocates say interest in naturalization jumped again after President Trump issued executive orders that legal immigrants fear could affect their standing in the country.

The Latest: Bank robber who used hostage as shield sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:57pm

The Latest on a sentencing in a deadly California bank robbery and police shootout (all times local):

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:50pm

Federal officials say a Missouri man is charged with helping to plan what he believed would be a terrorist attack in Kansas City.

Q&A: Becoming a US citizen _ who can do it, and how?

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:44pm

Immigrant advocates say they've seen a huge spike in calls and questions about how people can become U.S. citizens since President Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.

Supreme Court seems split in case of boy's death near border

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:43pm

Examining a tragic shooting death on the U.S. border with Mexico, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday puzzled over the rights of foreigners to sue in American courts.