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Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:48pm

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

The Latest: Storms damage houses, down trees in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:40pm

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

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.

Mississippi imposes 15-week abortion ban; nation's toughest

Jeff Amy and Sarah Mearhoff, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:12pm

Mississippi's governor signed the nation's most restrictive abortion law on Monday — and was slapped with a lawsuit less than an hour later.

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.

The Latest: Mississippi abortion clinic seeks quick ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:44pm

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

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):

Authorities: Brother of teen charged in Florida school shooting has been arrested for trespassing at the same school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:50pm

Authorities: Brother of teen charged in Florida school shooting has been arrested for trespassing at the same school.

EPA pledges new plan on contaminant from non-stick coatings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:42pm

Federal environmental regulators say they'll consult with states on managing contamination from a range of long-used non-stick coatings.

Teen plucked from Potomac River near DC after near drowning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:40pm

Authorities say a teenager who deliberately jumped into the swift-flowing Potomac River near the nation's capital has been rescued after a near-drowning in treacherous currents.

Battered East braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:34pm

The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is set to smack the East Coast on the first day of spring.