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Q&A: Becoming a US citizen _ who can do it, and how?

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:44pm

Immigrant advocates say they've seen a huge spike in calls and questions about how people can become U.S. citizens since President Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.


Trump targets many more immigrants for possible deportation

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:43pm

Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under the Trump administration's sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors accuse NC man of making online threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:43pm

Federal prosecutors have accused a North Carolina man of posting threats against non-Muslims online.

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:40pm

Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and is now listed in a federal Bureau of Prisons database.

Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:34pm

Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin told a Miami jury Tuesday 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.

Utah moves to toss school ban on 'advocacy of homosexuality'

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:30pm

Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the "advocacy of homosexuality" in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups.

The Latest: Spicer talks about anti-Muslim groups, terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:30pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

5 rescued from swollen creek as storms pummel California

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 1:24pm

Fire crews rescued residents from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday after earlier saving five people who were stranded by flooding at a homeless encampment along a creek in the city.

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.

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.

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.

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."