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Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:56pm

Alabama could be close to ending its one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury's recommendation for life in prison.

Mayor 'deeply disturbed' over incident between cop and teen

Amy Taxin and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:55pm

Anaheim officials pressed for calm Thursday after a night of raucous protests that followed an incident in which an off-duty policeman scuffled in his front yard with a boy, drew a weapon and fired a shot into the ground after another teen pushed him over a hedge and others surrounded him.

California police, feds in immigration probe spat

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:55pm

A California police chief and mayor say federal agents "betrayed" local officers assisting in the takedown of alleged members of the notorious El Salvadoran-based gang by also using the pre-dawn raids to also make immigration arrests.

White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:47pm

The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.

Hillary Clinton to speak in father's Pennsylvania hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:47pm

Hillary Clinton will speak at a St. Patrick's Day event in her late father's Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.

Unlikely allies fight fees threatening civil rights march

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:40pm

Black people who celebrate the civil rights movement and white people who commemorate the Civil War are suddenly finding themselves fighting on the same side in historic Selma, Alabama: against City Hall.

Officer shoots suspect in central Kansas triple homicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:35pm

A central Kansas man suspected of gunning down three other men in a home before being fatally shot by a police officer early Thursday knew his victims and targeted them, authorities said.

Residents return after flooding to access damage in San Jose

Marcio J. Sanchez and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:35pm

Gloria Najar said it felt like an "apocalypse" when she returned home after being evacuated in a flood that sent waist-high water into homes and streets in San Jose.

Mississippi jail bribery probe now reaches into Alabama

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:23pm

An Alabama consultant has admitted to lying to FBI agents about a health care contract at a county jail in Alabama, signaling that a Mississippi prison bribery probe has spilled across state lines.

Some witnesses say Kansas shooting was racially motivated

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:16pm

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly started shooting in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated.

Snowstorm hits much of Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:12pm

A winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow in parts of central, east-central and southern Wyoming, closings highways and schools.

Inmate found dead in Orleans Parish jail

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:55pm

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday on the body of a 23-year-old man who died in the new New Orleans jail — the fourth inmate death at the facility since it opened in September.

Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:55pm

An Ohio woman charged with stabbing and decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.

No criminal wrongdoing found after Wyoming horse left behind

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:46pm

Prosecutors found no criminal wrongdoing in the case of a horse named Valentine that survived for eight weeks in the Wyoming wilderness after being left behind by a backcountry guide outfit when it became too sick to move in an area populated with grizzly bears.

Gunman shot near Wal-Mart where officer died last month

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:46pm

Authorities say an Orlando police officer shot and wounded a man armed with a BB gun near the same Wal-Mart store where a police lieutenant was fatally shot last month.

Pew: Hispanics split on issues before Trump inauguration

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:42pm

More than half of Hispanic immigrants who were neither born in the United States nor have a permanent resident card said they were concerned about their place in the United States, even before the Trump administration made clear its intentions to aggressively crack down on illegal immigration, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

Utah teen sentenced for firing gun at school

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:40pm

A Utah teenager who fired a shotgun in a junior high classroom, igniting panic among kids and their parents, was dealing with great pain and had an adverse reaction to an antidepressant drug he had recently been prescribed, his attorney and family said Thursday during his sentencing.

Protest set over gender message on North Carolina billboard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Women are planning this weekend to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality, according to media reports.

Nebraska could increase prison sentences for sex traffickers

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:35pm

Advocates for sex trafficking victims urged a Nebraska legislative committee on Thursday to support a bill that would create stiffer penalties for people who buy and sell sex in the state.