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5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:54pm

The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia.

The Latest: Students, teachers return to Florida high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:50pm

The Latest on the law enforcement response after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local):

County to pay $4.5M to settle murder conviction lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:43pm

Three Ohio men who spent two decades behind bars because police and prosecutors allegedly hid statements and evidence that could have cleared them in a 1995 slaying are expected to receive $1.5 million each to settle the county's liability in federal lawsuits naming two former assistant prosecutors as defendants.

The Latest: Deadly tornado confirmed in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:28pm

The Latest on severe weather that moved through parts of the US (all times local):

Critics target partisan gerrymandering with state reforms

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:28pm

Responding to complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a significant number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions.

Second weekend for 'Black Panther' is one of the best ever

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:16pm

"Black Panther" scored one of the best second weekends ever with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales, putting it on track to rank among the highest-grossing blockbusters ever.

White House will see if North Korea is serious about talks

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:05pm

The White House said Sunday it would take a wait-and-see approach to a new overture by North Korea for talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy after months of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and threats of war from both sides.

Study: Heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:49am

A new report says overdose deaths linked to heroin have soared in Utah.

Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:45am

As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol's checkpoint a half-hour drive's north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection.

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Tammy Webber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:30am

Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men.

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump.

Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sexual misconduct cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff.

Q&A: What the battle of memos on FBI surveillance showed

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:02am

In the battle of the classified memos in the House Intelligence Committee, both sides have now had their say on whether the FBI and Justice Department acted inappropriately as they began investigating President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Utah woman, 99, says she calmed man who held her hostage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:49am

A 99-year-old Utah woman who was held hostage for several hours says she helped calm the suspect during a tense standoff with police.

Work aims to keep pollution out of Idaho, Washington water

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:43am

Motorists traveling through northern Idaho's Silver Valley will see the signs of a $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the Coeur d'Alene River's South Fork.

White nationalist's college tour mired in litigation

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:40am

White nationalist Richard Spencer plans to speak next week at Michigan State University, but the rest of his campus tour has bogged down for now in lawsuits or lack of agreement on timing because of safety concerns.

Prominent liberal state senator ends congressional bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:24am

A Pennsylvania state senator who was the subject of allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides has announced he is ending his stalled congressional bid.

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter hopes to be Burlington mayor

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:03am

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is hoping the city that launched her stepfather's political career nearly 40 years ago will show her the same love in her run for mayor.

Man linked to art heist faces sentencing in weapons case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:13am

A reputed mobster who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history is facing sentencing in an unrelated weapons case.

Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:57am

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South.