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Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:30pm

If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America.

School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:21pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back.

Ohio inmate claims innocence in slaying of 3, wants retrial

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:16pm

From the day of his arrest in 1994 for fatally shooting three people, Kevin Keith has proclaimed his innocence. He pointed to alibi witnesses who placed him elsewhere, an alternative suspect and a host of inconsistencies in the evidence against him.

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:12pm

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.

Some GOP House members warn Ryan over immigration effort

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:12pm

Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support.

Lawmakers to be allowed a review of Russia probe information

Desmond Butler and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:12pm

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

Top Kansas court to hear arguments on school funding

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:10pm

Kansas lawmakers are looking for hopeful hints from the state Supreme Court that they've increased education funding enough to satisfy the justices and head off any potential threat of a court order shuttering public schools.

Sentencing set for man who mailed fatal dose of cyanide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:06pm

A Maine man convicted of mailing a fatal dose of cyanide to a suicidal Englishman is set to be sentenced in a case that has lingered in the courts for more than three years.

Ohio college student graduates with 8 associate degrees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:06pm

An Ohio student who recently earned eight associate degrees from his community college now has his eye on getting a bachelor's degree and a job as an engineer.

Kansas judge weighs evidence in deadly hoax call case

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:05pm

A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas is returning to court, where a judge is set to decide if there is enough evidence to put him on trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:54pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

Pizza deliveryman's killing: Man ordered free decades later

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:54pm

A Louisiana judge has ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding "staggering" evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing two decades ago.

Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer's death

David McFadden and Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:44pm

Police backed by aircraft and trained dogs scoured a greater Baltimore suburb into the night, seeking suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:29pm

Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence.

Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:22pm

A North Carolina man accused of crashing a car into a restaurant table full of loved ones, killing two, had suffered for weeks with depression and previously asked his family to take his guns away, his pastor says.

After Senate primary loss, Blankenship tries third-party bid

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:17pm

An undeterred Don Blankenship wants to continue his fight to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. But if he gets the opportunity, it could end up helping Manchin instead.

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

Will Weissert and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:12pm

Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association's annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor's re-election website was raffling off a shotgun.

Florida city warns residents of power outage, zombies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:05pm

Residents of a Florida city who received alerts about a power outage were also warned to look out for zombies. That's right — zombies.

Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?

Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:04pm

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.

Activists face charges over piglets stolen from Utah farm

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 7:39pm

Five animal rights activists are facing more than 60 years in prison over allegations they took piglets from a farm in southern Utah.