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State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04pm

The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable.

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Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan

Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04pm

GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.

House intel committee chairman apologizes to Democrats

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04pm

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.

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:00pm

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M.

Wisconsin shooting victims ID'd as cop, bank workers, lawyer

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:49pm

Authorities on Thursday identified those killed in a series of northern Wisconsin shootings as two bank workers, a lawyer and a veteran police detective.

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AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:49pm

The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.

Colorado horse abuse investigation leads deputies to Utah

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:46pm

A criminal investigation in Colorado led to the discovery of four malnourished horses in Monticello, according to a recently unsealed search warrant.

Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:36pm

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

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:30pm

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.

Police: 3 dead, officer wounded in Louisiana shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

Authorities are retracing the movements of a man suspected of killing two women before he was fatally shot by police. The man died in an exchange of gunfire after wounding an officer and gunning down a police dog, a Louisiana police chief said Thursday.

Travelers sigh as latest attack puts London on terror list

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

Turkey. France. Belgium. Now London. As yet another destination is hit by terror, travelers are sighing with dismay and thinking carefully about personal safety, even while saying the latest attack won't keep them home.

White veteran charged with murder of black man as hate crime

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

A white Army veteran accused of randomly killing a black man on the streets of New York by stabbing him with a sword was charged Thursday with murder as a hate crime.

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child

Frank Eltman., Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:21pm

A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday.

California races nature, clock to make key dam repairs

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

California is not just fighting nature as it attempts to repair the damaged main spillway at the nation's tallest dam, pounded last month by surging storm waters. It's also racing the clock.

The Latest: Lawyer: If facts true, white vet has 'issues'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The Latest on the sword killing of a black man in what authorities are calling a racially motivated killing (all times local):

Hundreds of cases may be tainted after officers' indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The top prosecutor in Baltimore says more than 50 active cases and more than 150 closed and adjudicated cases may be tainted after members of a firearms crime task force were indicted in a racketeering conspiracy.

US group sues ex-Haitian mayor over human rights claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

A U.S. human rights organization filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Massachusetts against the former mayor of a small town in Haiti on behalf of three Haitian citizens who allege he violently persecuted them.

Government: Ferguson making 'meaningful progress' in reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Ferguson, Missouri, is making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and court reforms agreed upon with the U.S. government after Michael Brown's 2014 police shooting death, a Justice Department attorney said during a status hearing on the consent decree.

Report: Doctor not impaired before crash that killed trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Toxicology results indicate a New Jersey doctor was not impaired by alcohol or drugs when he smashed head-on into a state trooper's cruiser, killing both men.

FCC approves measures intended to combat prison cellphones

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates.