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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.

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

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

Federal officials say a Missouri man is charged with helping to plan what he believed would be a terrorist attack in Kansas City.

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.


US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:54pm

The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.

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."

Patient sues Nampa nursing home accused of mistreatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:40pm

A patient at a troubled Idaho nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment.

Prep school grad in court for hearing on possible new trial

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:26pm

A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex is in court for a hearing on whether he deserves a new trial.

Panda express: Bao Bao on nonstop flight to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:26pm

The National Zoo in Washington has said its final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao.

The Latest: San Jose neighborhood evacuations underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:20pm

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