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Questions linger as New Jersey bridge case sentencings near

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

The traffic jam that sank Gov. Chris Christie's presidential aspirations is set to conclude with the sentencings Wednesday of the two former aides convicted of creating the gridlock to teach a lesson to a mayor whose endorsement they couldn't obtain.

OAS weighs punishing Venezuela for disrupting democracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Diplomats from across the Western Hemisphere met Tuesday to determine whether to punish Venezuela's socialist government for violating the country's democratic order.

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Retired star gymnasts have told a Senate committee of being sexually abused by USA Gymnastics officials.

Arkansas judge rejects bid to halt multiple executions

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

An Arkansas judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's lethal injection law, the latest setback for efforts to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period next month.

Oakland found building lacked sprinklers before deadly blaze

Paul Elias and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Inspectors discovered that a California building in a rundown neighborhood lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working sprinkler system just three days before a blaze erupted and killed four low-income residents.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

Sadie Gurman and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Police: Woman posing as Target worker stole $40K in iPhones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Police in Virginia are looking to identify a woman who impersonated a Target employee so that she could steal over $40,000 worth of iPhones.

Police: Man attacks officer with knife, is fatally shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:54pm

Authorities in Maryland say a man reporting a stolen bicycle suddenly attacked a police officer with a knife and was shot dead by the officer.

US water manager warning of snowmelt flood potential in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:50pm

Weather including rapid melts of heavy snowpack has a federal water manager warning Utah residents to watch for flooding in coming weeks.

McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:44pm

A showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Senate's rules loomed as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 20 on Tuesday. The top Republican insisted the Senate would confirm a new justice.

Judge approves plan on fix for 18,000 Flint water lines

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:44pm

A federal judge approved a deal Tuesday to replace water lines at 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, marking a permanent fix to overcome the disastrous decision in 2014 to draw water from a river without treating it to prevent lead contamination.

Authorities: Teen-teacher relationship not a 'romance'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:43pm

Tennessee authorities say it is inaccurate to use the word "romance" to describe the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and a 50-year-old teacher who disappeared together two weeks ago.

Commander says US may have played role in Mosul deaths

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:33pm

U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the death of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, but an ongoing investigation may reveal a more complicated explanation, the top commander of American forces in Iraq said Tuesday. One possibility is that Islamic State militants rigged the building with explosives.

The Latest: Activists call for transparency in ICE shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:30pm

The Latest on a shooting involving an immigration agent in Chicago (all times local):

West Virginia trooper shot, wounded; suspect in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:30pm

West Virginia State Police say a trooper was wounded by gunfire after responding to a domestic violence call and a suspect was taken into custody hours later.

The Latest: Officials: 4th body found after Oakland fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:30pm

The Latest on a fatal fire in Oakland (all times local):

Gov't watchdog to examine cost of Trump's Florida travel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:23pm

A government watchdog will investigate the taxpayer-funded travel costs when President Donald Trump travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the security procedures surrounding those trips.

Lawsuit: Navy discharged woman over sex-harassment complaint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:23pm

A Connecticut woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging she received an "other than honorable" discharge from the U.S. Navy over a sexual-harassment complaint she lodged against a superior.

Trump declares major disaster for Nevada flood victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:20pm

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster across much of northern Nevada trying to recover from a severe winter full of floods and mudslides.

UW trustees kick program fees proposal back for more work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:10pm

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has declined to act on a proposal to adopt cost-based student fees for academic programs after questions were raised about the size and timing of the fee increases.