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Suspicious package causes evacuations in New Jersey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40pm

A bomb squad has dismantled a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of two apartment buildings in New Jersey.

Second man arrested in fatal shooting of Rutgers student

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:30pm

A second man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Rutgers University student last year.

Hearing resumes on new trial request in prep school case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:12pm

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

'Refugees Welcome' banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:40pm

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

Woman's body found in burning mobile home in Riverton

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:25pm

An investigation is underway after firefighters found an elderly woman's body in a burning mobile home in Riverton.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:54pm

Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:40pm

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.

Family, attorney denied access to hospitalized asylum seeker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:03pm

Attorneys for a Salvadoran woman who collapsed in a Texas detention center earlier this month as she seeks asylum said Tuesday that family and lawyers have been denied most contact with her as well as information about her medical condition.

Official: Reforms didn't cut sentence of suspect in killing

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:03pm

A gang member suspected of shooting two California police officers, killing one of them, was released from prison last year on probation under a criminal justice reform initiative that had no impact on how long he spent behind bars, a prison official said Tuesday.

Hundreds rescued from California floodwaters in San Jose

Kristin J. Bender and Marcio J. Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:54pm

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

2 Oregon police officers shoot, kill man on roof

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:54pm

Two police officers in Oregon responding to a 911 call shot and killed a man standing on a roof in a residential area Tuesday, police said.

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

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:54pm

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: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:50pm

The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:40pm

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32pm

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn returned to her district Tuesday in Tennessee and was greeted by tough questions on topics from health care reform to President Donald Trump's cabinet appointees. She also was met with protests.

Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditch

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:02pm

Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Trump calls recent anti-Semitic incidents 'horrible'

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:55pm

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.

Missouri man charged with trying to plan terrorist attack

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:51pm

A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday.

Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:50pm

Missouri lawmakers are considering a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender children in public schools, despite a backlash that North Carolina faced over a broader law limiting bathroom use in all public buildings.