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North Carolina: Power struggle intensifies with governor

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:04pm

The tug of war over whether North Carolina's GOP-led legislature can subject the new Democratic governor's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation intensified Thursday when senators agreed to subpoena a department head who repeatedly failed to appear before a committee.

The Latest: Videos reviewed in officer's fight with teens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:00pm

The Latest on an off-duty California police officer's fight with teens (all times local):

Witnesses: Shooting at Kansas bar may have racial overtones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:45pm

A man opened fire at a crowded Kansas bar, killing one man and wounding two others before he was arrested in Missouri, police said Thursday about an attack that some witnesses suggested had racial overtones.

FBI using billboards for tips in killings of 2 Indiana teens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

The FBI is using electronic billboards across Indiana to seek information in the killings of two teenage girls slain during a hiking trip, a federal agent said Thursday.

Utah Rep. Mia Love pushes for over-the-counter birth control

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36pm

Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love says that though she's opposed to abortion, she's sponsoring a bill that would allow women to get over-the-counter birth control pills.

Blacks and whites join in opposition to fees in Alabama city

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:29pm

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

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Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:25pm

Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Suspect in Kansas bar shooting waives extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:25pm

The Latest on the shooting in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, that left one person dead and two injured (all times local):

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested.

Hillary Clinton to speak in father's Pennsylvania hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

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

$3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Wisconsin will receive $3.35 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit, attorneys announced on Thursday.

Mitch McConnell interrupted as Trump protests continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Two demonstrators interrupted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech before a suit-and-tie crowd Thursday, underscoring protesters' frustrations after three days of limited public appearances that required a ticket to attend.

Authorities: Suspect arrested in case of missing teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Authorities announced Thursday they arrested a man on murder charges in the disappearance of a high school teacher in rural south Georgia more than 11 years ago.

Giffords to lawmakers: 'Have some courage' and meet voters

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt, urged members of Congress to "have some courage" and face their constituents.

Bannon offers Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:53pm

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a rare public appearance, ticked down a list Thursday of the three most important things President Donald Trump has begun to accomplish in the first month of his administration.

Texas Republican criticizes explicit signs at women's march

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:52pm

A Texas Republican said Thursday he was deeply disturbed by explicit signs at the Women's March on Washington last month while acknowledging that President Donald Trump's vulgar and sexually predatory comments about women triggered the display.

Man drives off highway after girlfriend killed herself there

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:47pm

A man attempted suicide by driving off a winding Southern California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same manner at the same spot, authorities said Thursday.

Environmental and fishing groups sue to save salmon

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:47pm

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system.

Alabama death penalty cases may soon rest solely with jury

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:33pm

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.

Michigan office gets more time to decide on school closures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:30pm

Gov. Rick Snyder has given Michigan's School Reform Office more time before deciding which of 38 chronically underperforming schools will be closed.