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Small plane crashes into 2 homes in Riverside

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:15pm

A small plane crashed into two homes in Riverside Monday evening shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, leaving fiery wreckage that nearly destroyed one of the homes, officials said.

Illinois town in Trump territory backs detained immigrant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:04pm

A southern Illinois community that solidly backed President Donald Trump has rallied behind a Mexican restaurant manager who doesn't have legal permission to live in the U.S. and has been detained by immigration officials.

Judges sides with transgender students over bathroom access

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:40pm

A federal judge on Monday ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district's policy continues.

Arkansas governor sets execution dates for 8 inmates

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:38pm

Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death.

Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:38pm

Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published.

House probe into Russia ties to Trump off to rocky start

Deb Riechmann and Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:37pm

A simmering dispute between leaders of the House intelligence committee spilled into the public Monday over an investigation into whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia, even as they pledged to conduct a bipartisan probe.

Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:55pm

The speaker of the Arizona House said Monday he won't hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights.

Utah father and his 2 children die in Utah plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:46pm

A father and his two young children were found dead Monday after a small plane crashed in southern Utah.

Another Alabama inmate killed inside state prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:46pm

An Alabama inmate was stabbed to death Sunday at a state prison, the third state inmate killed in 10 days.

Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:33pm

Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary.

Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:26pm

President Donald Trump's first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected — and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House.

The Latest: Sessions condemns threats at Jewish institutions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:23pm

The Latest on vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and a wave of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers around the country (all times local):

Wyoming Senate passes sage grouse breeding bill

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:21pm

A lawmaker's skepticism that sage grouse can be raised in captivity and released into the wild to bolster their numbers won't keep Wyoming from trying the method under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Monday.

Aug. 1 trial for woman accused of killing social worker, kin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:11pm

A woman charged with shooting and killing three relatives and a social worker in 2015 is scheduled to go on trial nearly two years to the day after the crimes took place.

Murder charge nixed against stepdad who is ruled incompetent

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:11pm

A judge on Monday dismissed charges against a man accused of drowning his 11-year-old stepdaughter after finding him incompetent to stand trial.

1 killed, 26 injured in California tour bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:04pm

A tour bus crossed into oncoming traffic and hit two cars head-on, killing one woman and injuring 26 others in the Southern California high desert, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sessions: More violence around pot than 'one would think'

Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:59pm

The Justice Department will try to adopt "responsible policies" for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S.

HBCUs, advocates looking for help from Trump on funding

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:55pm

The nation's historically black colleges and universities are pushing for President Donald Trump to set aside more federal contracts and grants for their schools, and take a greater hand in their welfare by moving responsibility for a key program for those colleges to the White House.

The Latest: 1 dead, 26 injured in California bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:50pm

The Latest on a crash between a tour bus and two cars in California's Mojave Desert (all times local):