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Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 10:54am

Flooding concerns are starting to ease in hard-hit places in the Midwest, but experts warn that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the threat could persist for months.

US-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Philip Issa, Andrea Rosa and Maya Alleruzzo, The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 10:12am

U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Florida city dismantles, relocates Confederate statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 9:39am

A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from a Florida park.

Powerball jackpot estimated at $625M before Saturday drawing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 9:20am

An estimated $625 million jackpot is on the line in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 9:17am

The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife's grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters.

Houston narcotics officer involved in deadly raid retires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 9:12am

A Houston narcotics officer at the center of an investigation into a drug raid in which a couple was killed has retired from the police force.

Man charged for throwing water on Iowa Rep. Steve King

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:58am

A Colorado man faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly throwing water on Iowa Rep. Steve King while the Republican congressman was eating lunch in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:53am

The warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people, the chief of Ethiopian Airlines said Saturday.

Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen to appear at 2019 Ebertfest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:49am

Actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly are among the guests at this year's Ebertfest film festival in Champaign.

Landlords grapple with rise in emotional support animals

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:42am

Utah landlords say an increasing number of renters are claiming their pets are emotional support animals and not subject to pet deposits and pet rents.

US underground nuclear waste dump explained

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:35am

It wasn't long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was being generated by defense-related nuclear research and bomb-making that would continue through the Cold War — and indefinitely.

Gerald Ford museum to show work of presidential photographer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:25am

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is displaying the work of the 38th president's photographer.

The Latest: Video sought of cop's lawyer's office shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 8:03am

The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local):

Harris to seek federal investment on teacher pay, aide says

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 7:49am

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday will call for a significant federal investment in teacher pay, a campaign aide says, the first policy proposal that she has put forth since officially launching her 2020 campaign.

The Latest: Attorney general reviewing Mueller report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 7:44am

The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation (all times local):

Key findings coming next as Mueller wraps Russia-Trump probe

Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 7:29am

Attorney General William Barr was reviewing the special counsel's confidential report on the Russia investigation Saturday to determine what should be made public after a nearly two-year probe that cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency.

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

Lisa Marie Pane and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 7:03am

A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Chen produces spectacular free skate to win gold at worlds

Jim Armstrong, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 2:03am

Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate Saturday to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships.

Lawyer's office shot at after cop's acquittal in teen death

Ramesh Santanam and Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:19pm

Gunshots were fired overnight through the office window of the attorney for a white police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager — a verdict that left Pittsburgh a city on edge Saturday.

Democrats debate Mueller strategy as findings loom

Mary Clare Jalonick and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:45pm

Congressional Democrats are plotting strategy as they await the conclusions of Robert Mueller's now-completed Russia investigation, with senior lawmakers demanding full transparency and preparing for next steps if the results are favorable to President Donald Trump.