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Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:20am

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump has given the U.S. military greater authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia.

Woman gets 40 years for antifreeze poisoning of husband

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:15am

A Delaware woman who killed her weightlifter husband by putting antifreeze into his steroid injections has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Top aide to President Donald Trump leaves administration

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:10am

A top aide to President Donald Trump is leaving his administration.

'He's free to go': Mexican man says he's hopeful for future

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

Their hug was silent, their smiles broad.

'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

A former nurse's aide known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after he was attacked and beaten in his prison cell.

Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin.

Lawsuit: Federal judge can't manage her personal affairs

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:00am

A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave after she was mysteriously pulled off a string of cases now faces a lawsuit from a fellow judge challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs.

Compromise to undo 'bathroom bill' passes key hurdle

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

A compromise that would roll back North Carolina's contentious "bathroom bill" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, but it may not go far enough to quell furor surrounding the law limiting LGBT protections.

Oklahoma court upholds life prison sentence in woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:50am

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old man convicted of dropping a cinder block on a woman's head to "put her out of her misery" after he had slashed her with a machete.

Prosecutors drop sex-for-repairs case against handyman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:47am

Baltimore prosecutors have dropped all charges against a second former handyman who had been accused of trading sex for repairs in a public housing complex.

Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:44am

Senate Republicans on Thursday needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama administration rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.

Democrats criticize Trump's Air Force pick over past work

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:44am

President Donald Trump's nominee to be Air Force secretary is facing criticism from Senate Democrats over her work as a defense industry consultant and her contact a decade ago with a federal prosecutor during a corruption probe.

Judge denies motion on murder charges in bicyclists' deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:40am

A motorist accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan will stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Judge moves, pushes Texas attorney general's criminal trial

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

A judge on Thursday postponed the criminal trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and moved the case from the Republican's hometown.

Helicopter joins search for 91-year-old Pennsylvania judge

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his northeastern Pennsylvania home.

The Latest: Trump backer Stone's defamation trial is delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:30am

The Latest on a trial in a defamation lawsuit against prominent Trump supporter Roger Stone and two others (all times local):

Trove of Susan B. Anthony letters lands at New York college

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

A college in Susan B. Anthony's western New York hometown has acquired a trove of 19th-century letters she wrote to a fellow leader in the women's rights movement.

Michigan pastor accused of financial fraud worth millions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

Federal regulators are accusing a pastor in Michigan of fraud, saying he used the Bible to persuade retirees and laid-off auto workers to invest more than $6 million with him.

Missing cat from California ends up in Canada years later

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:14am

A cat that went missing in California 2 ½ years ago has shown up many miles away in Canada.