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The Latest: Port city of Mobile celebrates Fat Tuesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:53am

The Latest on Mardi Gras celebrations that end with Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the Carnival season (all times local):

Forecast predicts Midwest tornadoes, wildfires in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:50am

Forecasters say parts of the central United States could see strong tornadoes and damaging winds in a late-winter storm system, while areas of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico could be beset by wildfires.

Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks

David Bauder and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:46am

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked.

LAPD names officer who fired gun during struggle with teens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:43am

The Los Angeles Police Department has named the officer who was angry with teens walking on his yard and discharged a gun during a scuffle with them outside his home in suburban Anaheim.

911 dispatcher has disciplinary hearing in Tamir Rice case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:34am

Cleveland's police chief has held a disciplinary hearing for the 911 dispatcher who took a call that led to an officer fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir (tuh-MEER') Rice, a black boy who was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in 2014.

Police: Pennsylvania nurse recorded videos of naked patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 6:04am

Authorities say a Pennsylvania nurse recorded videos of naked female patients.

The Latest: Ryan sees Trump as 'chairman,' not details guy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:50am

The Latest on Congress (all times local):

$20 debt leads to melee at Florida Girl Scout cookie stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:24am

Law enforcement officials say an argument over a $20 debt led to a melee at a Girl Scout cookie stand outside a Wal-Mart store in central Florida.

Connecticut family whose dog was killed by cops gets $885K

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:20am

Connecticut's capital city has agreed to pay nearly $900,000 to a family whose dog was killed by two police officers 11 years ago.

Prison for 2 who threatened violence at black child's party

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 5:15am

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:20am

Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.

Historically black colleges push for financial support

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:29am

Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college readiness and financial aid as President Trump prepares to sign an executive order aimed at signaling his commitment to the schools.

Activist to address immigration, health after Trump speech

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:00am

An activist who will deliver a Democratic response in Spanish to President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress plans to address his administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and the need for affordable health care.

Thousands throng to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday celebrations

Rebecca Santana and Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 1:47am

The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads.

Partisan discord tainting probes of Russia, Trump, election

Deb Riechmann and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 1:46am

Partisan discord is seeping into House and Senate intelligence committee investigations of the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia.

Sessions: More violence around pot than 'one would think'

Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 1:24am

The Justice Department will try to adopt "responsible policies" for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S.

'FRAT LIVES MATTER' spray-painted on UConn spirit rocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 1:04am

The governing council for several University of Connecticut fraternity chapters is denouncing "Frat Lives Matter" messages spray-painted on so-called spirit rocks on campus.

3 dead, 2 injured in plane that hits houses in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:06am

Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying them home from a cheerleading competition crashed into two Southern California homes and sparked a major fire Monday, authorities said.

The Latest: 3 dead, 2 injured as plane hits California homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:26pm

The Latest on a small plane that crashed into homes in Southern California (all times local):