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The Latest: Weather service assessing storm damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:46am

The Latest on storms and damage across the Southeast (all times local):

Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:40am

Emergency crews were converging on Jacksonville State University Tuesday in east Alabama, where storms slammed into the campus and did major damage to the coliseum.

Survivor of school shooting to use 'white privilege'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:31am

One of the students who survived last month's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead says he must use "white privilege" to offset racial disparity in the way the shooting is covered by the media.

Austin carnage now random; an arrest doesn't appear close

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:22am

A package bomb exploded shortly after midnight Tuesday inside a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, and the FBI and ATF are at the scene, spokeswomen for both agencies told The Washington Post.

CORRECTS: Federal agents confirm to The Washington Post that a package bomb exploded in a Texas FedEx center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:54am

CORRECTS: Federal agents confirm to The Washington Post that a package bomb exploded in a Texas FedEx center. (Corrects APNewsAlert, Substituting for earlier NewsAlert that misattributed information to San Antonio Fire Department)

Authorities hunting clues ask Austin bomber to talk to them

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:40am

In the search for answers to a series of explosions in Texas, authorities have come ahead with a simple plea to whoever's behind the blasts: Talk to us.

Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:22am

With the 2018 primary season already underway, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are launching an effort to protect U.S. elections from a repeat episode of foreign interference.

Deputies: Teacher leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:57am

Authorities say a Florida elementary school teacher left a 4-year-old child alone while she went to buy marijuana.

Warrants: Man wanted mother's $30K, left her on floor to die

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:51am

A North Carolina man has been accused of leaving his mother on their home's floor because he knew she would probably die and that he would get access to $30,000 she had in a bank account.

Trial beginning for US agent in cross-border killing of teen

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:06am

A rare second-degree murder trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting across the international boundary into Mexico and killing a teenager is set to get under way with jury selection.

Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:50am

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

Sheriff: Teen fatally beats friend with bat, calls 911

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:14am

A Florida sheriff says a teenage boy has beaten another teenager to death with a baseball bat.

Prosecutors: Alabama man made plan to kidnap woman, daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:32pm

Prosecutors say an Alabama man who planned to hire someone to kidnap a woman and her 14-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to child sex-trafficking charges.

GOP leaders have yet to move to protect special counsel

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:48pm

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.

Numbers reveal breadth of investigation into Texas bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:46pm

The series of bombings this month in the Texas capital city of Austin has generated a vast response by state and federal law enforcement agencies that are sifting through hundreds of tips to find what Austin police Chief Brian Manley has described as a serial bomber.

Supreme Court takes up challenge by crisis pregnancy centers

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:46pm

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free speech fight over California's attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.

South Carolina sheriff: Deputy fatally shoots man with knife

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:13pm

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy has fatally shot a man in South Carolina.

Flags to be lowered for New York Rep. Slaughter's funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10pm

New York's governor has ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday, the day of her funeral.

Utah governor signs bill allowing locks on classroom doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10pm

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure allowing Utah school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors.

Jury selection starts for men accused of Kansas bomb plot

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:08pm

A trial begins this week for three members of a militia group accused of conspiring to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somalis in the Kansas town of Garden City.