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Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:52pm

Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:52pm

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

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

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:50pm

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: Charges say teen boys planned to rob, kill girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:50pm

The Latest on two 16-year-old boys charged with shooting a girl in the head (all times local):

Trump calls recent anti-Semitic incidents 'horrible'

Jeremy Diamond CNN  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:43pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the US are "horrible" and "painful" as he faced a growing chorus of calls from Democrats and Jewish leaders urging him to speak out.

The Latest: Trump blames 'liberal activists' for protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:40pm

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Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

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.

Maryland's assault weapons ban upheld by US appeals court

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.

Former Montana legislator faces federal drug charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

A former Montana lawmaker, who in 2007 supported giving $4 million in state money to the Montana Meth Project, has denied federal charges that say he possessed and sold just over a pound of methamphetamine last year.

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:34pm

A California man who used a woman he took hostage as a human shield from police gunfire after a deadly bank robbery and car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in an emotional hearing.

Giant cross at former Holy Land theme park is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:30pm

Vandals have defaced a giant cross overlooking a Connecticut city from the site of the former Holy Land theme park.

'Refugees Welcome' banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:20pm

The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying "Refugees Welcome."

Only 1 of 5 suspects faces death penalty in machete slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Prosecutors in Florida say they will seek the death penalty only for the ringleader in the machete slaying of a vocational school student.

Prep school grad in court for hearing on possible new trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

A prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex returned to court Tuesday for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case.

Dozens rescued in California from San Jose floodwaters

Kristin J. Bender and Marcio J. Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats carrying dozens of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek Tuesday.

Graffiti found at 4 popular monuments in Washington, DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10pm

The National Park Service says graffiti has been found at four memorials in Washington.

EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10pm

The Oklahoma attorney general's office says it has complied with a judge's order to surrender documents related to new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt's communications with energy companies.

Legislation to retain rape kits headed to Idaho House floor

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:03pm

Law enforcement agencies would have to follow new statewide standards on how long physical evidence in sexual assault investigations should be retained under new legislation headed to the House floor.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:00pm

Federal judge blocks Texas from cutting off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over 2015 anti-abortion videos.