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Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:04pm

Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night.

The Latest: Significant damage at Jacksonville State

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:58pm

The Latest on the threat of severe weather across the Southeast (all times local):

Greitens wants criminal trial moved up to April 3

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:38pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is expected to ask a judge to move up his criminal trial to start in two weeks, more than a month earlier than scheduled.

Quick court fight as Mississippi sets 15-week abortion ban

Jeff Amy and Sarah Mearhoff, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:30pm

Mississippi moved quickly toward a legal confrontation over the nation's most restrictive abortion law Monday.

Yellowstone bison slaughter protester pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:24pm

A man who chained himself to a concrete-filled barrel in an effort to prevent trucks from hauling Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter has pleaded guilty.

Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:22pm

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took a new, more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire.

Teen who used 'affluenza' defense set for release April 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:19pm

A 20-year-old who as a teenager used an "affluenza" defense regarding a drunken-driving wreck that killed four people is set to be released April 2.

The Latest: Judge to hear request to block abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:17pm

The Latest on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks (all times local):

Lawmaker who said Rothschilds control the climate apologizes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:04pm

A D.C. Council member apologized for a social media post in which he claimed that Jewish financiers control the climate.

US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:34pm

At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1.

Republicans tell Trump: Lay off Mueller _ but take no action

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:32pm

More Republicans are telling President Donald Trump in ever blunter terms to lay off his escalating criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia probe. But party leaders are taking no action to protect Mueller, embracing a familiar strategy with the president — simply waiting out the storm.

Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:29pm

a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

Testimony ends in Kansas voting law trial; no opinion yet

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:28pm

A Kansas voter registration law enacted in 2013 has stopped thousands of eligible citizens from voting and will damage the election process if it is allowed to stand, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union argued Monday as testimony ended after seven, often-contentious days in a federal bench trial.

Zinke tells tribal leaders in Arizona he'll fight opioids

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:51pm

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told tribal leaders in the Phoenix area on Monday that federal law enforcement will work with them to fight distribution of opioid drugs in Indian country.

Charles Manson cremated following brief, private funeral

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:28pm

Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who gained worldwide infamy for the 1969 Los Angeles killings of actress Sharon Tate and others that he hoped would spark a race war.

Authorities: Brother of shooting suspect arrested at school

David Fischer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:25pm

The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.

Florida to replace Confederate statue in US Capitol

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:23pm

Florida's governor has ordered a statue of a Confederate general at the U.S. Capitol to be removed and replaced with one of an African-American woman.

Kansas lawmakers consider less ambitious educational goals

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:12pm

Kansas lawmakers suffering sticker shock over a report saying that improving the state's public schools could cost an additional $2 billion a year began Monday to consider setting less ambitious educational goals than the ones that led to the big price tag.

Utah governor signs bill allowing locks on classroom doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:59pm

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure allowing Utah school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors.

The Latest: Testimony ends in trial over Kansas voter law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:58pm

The Latest on trial challenging a law in Kansas that requires people to show documentation when registering to vote. (all times local):