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Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

White House defends GOP lawmaker's decision to brief Trump

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

The White House on Thursday defended the House intelligence committee chairman's extraordinary decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intelligence intercepts, even as Rep. Devin Nunes privately apologized to his congressional colleagues.

The Latest: Wife of suspect in Wisconsin shootings unhurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local):

The Latest: Oregon board approves deal on tribal mascots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

The Latest on an Oregon schools and tribal mascots (all times local):

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Census data show the Chicago region lost more residents than any other U.S. metropolitan area last year, a drop coinciding with other Midwestern cities experiencing declines as the South and Southwest regions saw gains.

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Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50pm

After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

House intel committee chairman apologizes to Democrats

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:42pm

The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president's transition team in the final days of the Obama administration.

Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:41pm

Maine is dealing with so many drug overdose deaths that the state medical examiner is asking for money to handle the workload.

VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:41pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget.

The Latest: Hate killing suspect's kin 'shocked, horrified'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40pm

The Latest on the killing of a black man who was repeatedly stabbed with a sword (all times local):

Was 'house full of girls' a business or criminal enterprise?

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A Georgia man forced women he held at a million-dollar mansion to get gang-related tattoos, collected all the money they made at a strip club and threatened them if they wanted to leave, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A look at the wiretap flap from Trump tweets to Capitol Hill

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

President Donald Trump's startling allegation that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones during last year's election is pitting the White House against U.S. intelligence officials, sparking grave concern in law enforcement circles and alarming Democrats and Republicans alike.

Woman charged in homeless camp beating death to plead guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A woman charged in the beating death of a man at a Vermont homeless camp plans to plead guilty.

Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they hope to have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area.

Official: Evacuees return after fire caused by burning books

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

Florida Forest Service officials are letting residents return to their homes after a man burning some books started a 700-acre brush fire.

Parents accused in kid's shooting death investigated in 2014

Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

Child-welfare officials investigated an Arizona couple accused of murder in their 9-year-old son's shooting death after she gave birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin nearly three years ago.

Justice Department probes Calif. Republican Rep. Hunter

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign finance violations, an allegation the lawmaker dismisses as inadvertent mistakes.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all — his own instinct.

Cardinal Keeler, who led Baltimore archdiocese, has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

Cardinal William Keeler, who helped ease tensions between Catholics and Jews and headed the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 18 years, died Thursday. He was 86.