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Public defender hires man convicted in courthouse scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A former courthouse administrator who was sent to federal prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in a courthouse corruption scandal that rocked New Mexico politics has been hired by the state Law Offices of the Public Defender.

Oversight panel seeks details on Interior's pricey doors

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:26pm

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is seeking details from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about a $139,000 project to upgrade doors in Zinke's office.

Historians resolve fatality count of USS Indianapolis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:25pm

Two historians have resolved a decades-old mystery about how many men died when the USS Indianapolis was struck by Japanese torpedoes during World War II.

Doctor says pledge may have lived if help was called sooner

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:21pm

A forensic pathologist testified Friday that injuries that killed a Penn State fraternity pledge last year might not have been fatal if fraternity members had summoned help more quickly.

True retriever: Dog plucks flailing man from river

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:19pm

Forget sticks: A 7-year-old yellow Labrador retriever leaped into a South Carolina river and fetched a man whose boat had capsized.

Protesters gather in Washington, demanding gun control

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:19pm

Washington is preparing for a massive rally in support of gun control, one that organizers hope will prove that the country has reached an emotional tipping point on gun violence, with teenagers seizing the initiative and leading the demand for change.

First lady talks of courage after model describes affair

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:17pm

Melania Trump spoke about courage on Friday — what it is and why the world needs it. Her closely watched public appearance came a day after a former Playboy model told the world details of a 10-month affair the model says she had with a married Donald Trump a decade before he was elected president.

The Latest: Former governor says Miller made Georgia history

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

The Latest on the death of former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia (all times local):

Army seeks changes to chemical weapons disposal in Colorado

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:13pm

The U.S. Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its huge stockpile of obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contamination escaping into the air.

Army: Barricade at Maryland post ended with man found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:13pm

Army officials say a man who barricaded himself inside a home on a U.S. Army installation was found dead after a 17-hour standoff.

Political colleagues remember former US Sen. Zell Miller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:11pm

The death of former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller brought an outpouring of condolences and remembrances Friday from the statehouse in Atlanta to Capitol Hill in Washington. Here's a sample.

Former US Sen. Zell Miller dies; he was 2-term governor

Russ Bynum and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:11pm

As Georgia's governor, Zell Miller successfully championed selling lottery tickets to fund scholarships in a Bible belt state and lost a fight to change the Confederate-themed state flag. As a U.S. senator, he enraged fellow Democrats with a primetime convention speech endorsing the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Man convicted in killing of Muslim cleric and his assistant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:07pm

A New York City man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for the broad daylight killings of a Muslim cleric and his assistant.

Arkansas jail housing 200 roosters as cockfighting evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:07pm

A group of inmates is tending to 200 roosters at an Arkansas sheriff's office pending their use as evidence against 137 people arrested at a cockfight.

Baltimore prosecutors drop 187 cases involving corrupt cops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:03pm

Baltimore prosecutors say they have dropped 187 cases involving eight members of a corrupt gun recovery unit.

Chicago: Obama Library infrastructure could total $175M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:01pm

Private dollars will pay for building former President Barack Obama's library, but road and other work near the Chicago site could cost taxpayers.

Teen sentenced to prison for shooting Washington man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:59pm

A teen has been sentenced to up 25 years in prison for the shooting death of an 18-year-old Washington man.

Arkansas wants court to dissolve stay for death row prisoner

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:52pm

Lawyers for the state are arguing that Arkansas' prison director has long had the power to determine a death row inmate's sanity and that now isn't the time to change the way it moves prisoners closer to their executions.

District arms teachers with rocks in case of school shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:50pm

A rural school district in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks in what the superintendent says would be a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.

Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:47pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the federal government is moving forward with plans to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.