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Algae leads to 'impaired' designation for western Lake Erie

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:15pm

Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said Thursday.

Helmsley trust gives $1.8M for Custer State Park fire rehab

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:14pm

A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley is contributing $1.8 million to help rehabilitate Custer State Park after a historic wildfire, South Dakota officials said Thursday.

Porn actress' lawyer demands Trump business retain documents

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:12pm

A lawyer for a porn actress who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump demanded Thursday that the Trump Organization preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 she was paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement.

Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade fighting words

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:10pm

Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the Hell Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit.

Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:08pm

A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds has forced some Oklahoma residents to flee their homes and has closed part of a freeway.

Police: Man beaten outside club drives into crowd, killing 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:07pm

A man being beaten by several people outside of a Houston club early Thursday fled to his car and then drove into the crowd in an apparent act of retaliation, striking at least four people and killing one of them, according to police.

Vermont now only US state to never send a woman to Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:07pm

Vermont, considered by many to be one of the most liberal states in the country with a higher-than-average percentage of women serving in the state Legislature, is the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

Herbert awaits school safety report, unsure on extra session

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:05pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he isn't sure yet whether he'll be calling lawmakers into a special session this year to address gun violence and school shootings as some lawmakers have suggested.

Woman's ex-husband seeks protection from Missouri governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:59pm

The ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is seeking an order for protection from the governor.

Austin bombings revive trauma of Alabama explosion death

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:46pm

Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife.

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:42pm

They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million people expected in Washington and more than 800 sister marches from California to Japan.

Forecasters warn of mudslide dangers in California

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:41pm

A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, flooding streets and threatening to unleash mud and debris flows into communities near areas burned bare by wildfires.


Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:36pm

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding Trump's defense.

Driver dead after crashing at California Air Force base

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:27pm

Officials say a driver breached the main gate at an Air Force base in Northern California, then crashed and died.

Protest planned after fatal police shooting of unarmed man

Don Thompson and Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:19pm

Community members and activists are gathering at Sacramento City Hall on Thursday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

Miccosukee tribe seizes non-native dad's newborn in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:12pm

A clash between the authority of a sovereign Indian nation and non-native officials is shaping up in Florida, where tribal police entered a hospital in Miami to seize a newborn from her parents, a Miccosukee mother and a white father.

Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:10pm

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly.

Maine police: Be on lookout for home-invading wild turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:00pm

Police in Maine say they're on the lookout for a wild turkey that broke into a home through a bedroom window.

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:56am

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.

Prisoner mistakenly released early sues over re-arrest

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:54am

A man who was released early from a Washington state prison due to a software glitch is suing the Department of Corrections, saying his re-arrest three years later to serve the remaining time was illegal and upended the life he had painstakingly rebuilt.