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Arkansas wants court to dissolve stay for death row prisoner

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:52pm

Lawyers for the state are arguing that Arkansas' prison director has long had the power to determine a death row inmate's sanity and that now isn't the time to change the way it moves prisoners closer to their executions.

District arms teachers with rocks in case of school shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:50pm

A rural school district in Pennsylvania is arming teachers and students with buckets of rocks in what the superintendent says would be a last resort should an armed intruder burst in.

Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:47pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the federal government is moving forward with plans to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

Justice Dept. opposes release of 911 call in police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:44pm

The Justice Department is opposing release of a 911 call connected to the fatal shooting of a northern Virginia man by U.S. Park Police last year.

Investigators say missing Iowa family found dead in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:39pm

The bodies of an Iowa couple and their two children were found in a rented condo in Mexico on Friday, though it wasn't immediately clear what caused their deaths, according to investigators.

Georgia politicians remember former US Sen. Zell Miller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:34pm

The death of former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller brought an outpouring of condolences and remembrances Friday from the statehouse in Atlanta to Capitol Hill in Washington. Here's a sample.

Man convicted in killing of Muslim cleric and his assistant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:34pm

A New York City man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for the broad daylight killings of a Muslim cleric and his assistant.

The Latest: Grand jury indicts company that ran waterpark

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:30pm

The Latest on charges filed in the death of a 10-year-old boy on a waterslide at a Kansas waterpark (all times local):

Former US Sen. Zell Miller dies; he was 2-term governor

Russ Bynum and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:30pm

As Georgia's governor, Zell Miller successfully championed selling lottery tickets to fund scholarships in a Bible belt state and lost a fight to change the Confederate-themed state flag. As a U.S. senator, he enraged fellow Democrats with a primetime convention speech endorsing the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Marches with different visions set for Utah school safety

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:26pm

Hundreds of people are expected to march to the Utah state Capitol in separate protests aimed at improving school safety — in very different ways.

Oversight panel seeks details on Interior's pricey doors

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:17pm

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is seeking details from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about a $139,000 project to upgrade doors in Zinke's office.

Historians resolve fatality count of USS Indianapolis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:17pm

Two historians have resolved a decades-old mystery about how many men died when the USS Indianapolis was struck by Japanese torpedoes during World War II.

Newborn taken by Miccosukee tribe returns to mother, father

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:08pm

An infant girl taken from a Florida hospital by sovereign Indian nation officials has been reunited with her mother and father.

The Latest: No signs of violence in deaths of Iowa family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:05pm

The Latest on an Iowa family of four found dead in a condo in Mexico (all times local):

2 university researchers accused of misusing credit cards

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:02pm

Two University of New Hampshire researchers have been accused of misusing credit cards for federal research grant expenses to charge thousands of dollars of gift cards and personal items, the U.S. Attorney's office said Friday.

Army seeks changes to chemical weapons disposal in Colorado

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:37pm

The U.S. Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its huge stockpile of obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contamination escaping into the air.

Officials: Brigham City creek overflows after heavy rains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:22pm

Officials say 10 homes along a creek in Brigham City have flooded following heavy rains that hit areas of northern Utah.

Man who posted photos online of dead wife and child on trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:20pm

A prosecutor said the pictures a North Carolina man posted on Facebook of his dead wife and daughter are enough proof to show he is guilty of murder.

Former water park executive charged in Kansas slide death

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:19pm

A former executive for a water park company was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated on a giant waterslide at a Kansas water park.