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Idaho officials looking to buy US Forest Service land

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:20pm

Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public lands.

Trump pledges to unite 'divided country' after African-American history museum visit

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:16pm

President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to combat bigotry and unite what he called a "divided country" after wrapping up his first visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Latest: Trump to meet with Kasich, former rival, critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:15pm

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Jill Biden named board chair of aid group Save the Children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:10pm

Dr. Jill Biden, educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been named board chair of Save the Children.

Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:10pm

Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin has told a Miami jury 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.

N Carolina Dems want US high court to drop voting law review

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:05pm

North Carolina's new Democratic governor and attorney general say they're ending state efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a GOP-backed voter ID law that was struck down by a lower court, but Republican lawmakers say they will continue pushing for the high court's review.

A look at naturalizations in the US, by the numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:05pm

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.

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:05pm

The nation's highest court refused Tuesday to hear the appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed a hospital security guard and sheriff's deputy during an escape and sparked a massive manhunt that shut down Virginia Tech's campus in 2006.

Cheyenne woman charged with neglect of vulnerable adult

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:05pm

A 47-year-old Cheyenne woman has been accused of neglecting her father by taking his prescription medications.


US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:54pm

The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.

After Trump travel ban, immigrants seek to naturalize

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:54pm

Andres Dorantes has long been content with the green card that lets him live in the U.S. and work as a tattoo artist in Los Angeles.

McAuliffe vetoes bill cutting abortion clinics' funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:50pm

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

3rd person sentenced in scalding of cat in Mississippi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:50pm

A third person in Mississippi has been sentenced to jail for the scalding of a caged cat in a video posted online.

US Senate leader: Winners make policy, losers go home

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:43pm

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."

Patient sues Nampa nursing home accused of mistreatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:40pm

A patient at a troubled Idaho nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment.

Prep school grad in court for hearing on possible new trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:26pm

A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex is in court for a hearing on whether he deserves a new trial.

Panda express: Bao Bao on nonstop flight to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:26pm

The National Zoo in Washington has said its final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao.

The Latest: San Jose neighborhood evacuations underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:20pm

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School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:15pm

Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

Iowa AG wants to be excused from collective bargaining suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:05pm

Iowa's top attorney wants to excuse himself from defending the state in a lawsuit that challenges a new collective bargaining law.