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Police: Parents delay help for wounded boy to scrub evidence

Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:13pm

The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience."

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:13pm

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.


Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:10pm

The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House leaders struggled with moderates on eve of a showdown vote.

Boy told police plot to shoot girl started as 'crude joke'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:51pm

Two teenage boys accused of wounding a girl with a gunshot to the head concocted the plan in small-town Utah while playing video games and discussing their desire to "get rid" of the girl who was sending messages to one of them, authorities said.

Perry decries election of 1st gay Texas A&M student prez

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:42pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is suggesting that the election that gave his alma mater, Texas A&M, its first openly gay student body president was "stolen."

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:23pm

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?

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:02pm

Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday — an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats.

The Latest: School: 9-year-old boy shot was kind, creative

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:02pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Phoenix boy (all times local):

A timeline of how shootings unfolded in northern Wisconsin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:50pm

A timeline of shootings Wednesday in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three other people dead (all times Central):

Nevada backs Equal Rights Amendment decades after deadline

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:42pm

Nevada on Wednesday became the first state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment decades after the deadline to enshrine in the U.S. Constitution that women and men are equal under the law.

Jury decides death penalty for man, 24, in Las Vegas killing

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:42pm

A jury in Las Vegas decided a 24-year-old man should become the youngest person on Nevada's death row for the 2011 rape, killing and mutilation of a 15-year-old girl who had texted her mother to say she was on her way home after fetching a school book.

The Latest: Officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:40pm

The Latest on a string of shootings in northern Wisconsin that killed a police officer and three others and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown (all times local):

Judge: Louisiana law violates refugee's right to marry

Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:33pm

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

APNewsBreak: California may face 'significant risk' from dam

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:42pm

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 for the work leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Man who stopped fight in video honored for his peacemaking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:14pm

A New Jersey man who interrupted a street fight between two teenagers in a video that has drawn millions of views and wide praise said Wednesday that he's saddened that his act of peacemaking isn't a more frequent occurrence.

The Latest: Man who stopped fight honored in Atlantic City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:07pm

The Latest on a video capturing a stranger stopping a fight between two teens (all times local):

Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy' era

Mark Sherman and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:07pm

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.

US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

Philip Issa and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:52pm

U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.

Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50pm

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment.

Highlights of expert report on badly damaged California dam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50pm

Preliminary findings by a panel of experts investigating problems at a damaged Northern California dam complex sketch an array of concerns about its condition, and whether repairs can be made quickly enough before the state's next rainy season. The Oroville Dam team was organized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its report was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The highlights: