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Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers

Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:10pm

Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.

The Latest: Shed carried by wind injures 2 teens in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:10pm

The Latest on a teenager who was struck by a shed (all times local):

Trump wants more traffickers put to death. Can he do that?

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:06pm

A wide-ranging White House plan to combat America's opioid crisis contains a striking element: It calls on the Justice Department to seek the death penalty for some drug traffickers. Opponents call that a return to failed drug-war tactics, and some legal experts question its constitutionality and effectiveness.

Charles Manson cremated following brief, private funeral

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:02pm

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 he hoped would spark a race war.

Maryland House approves stronger sexual harassment policies

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:02pm

The Maryland House of Delegates voted unanimously Monday to strengthen the General Assembly's policies on sexual harassment to cover lobbyists and create a framework for an independent investigator to handle complaints.

FBI comes up empty at site of legendary Civil War gold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:00pm

The FBI has come up empty at the rural Pennsylvania site where Civil War gold is rumored to be buried.


Republicans tell Trump: Lay off Mueller _ but take no action

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:59pm

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.


Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:52pm

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took an even more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire.

The Latest: University of Alabama suspends operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:50pm

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

Teen who pleaded guilty in dad's fatal shooting sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:46pm

An Ohio teenager who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her father has been sentenced to juvenile prison until she's 21.

Defense: Suspect in New Orleans officer's death mentally ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:45pm

Jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of a New Orleans police officer.

Lawyer who alleged 'plot' to frame Trump joins legal team

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:44pm

A lawyer who has suggested that FBI officials were part of a "brazen plot" to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump has been added to the president's legal team.

The Latest: Zinke vows to fight opioids in Indian country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:37pm

The Latest on U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit with tribal leaders in the Phoenix area. (all times local):

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:37pm

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

Police assemble patchwork of clues in hunt for Austin bomber

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:36pm

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.

The Latest: Trump legal team gives document to Mueller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:36pm

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

Otter signs open meeting law expansion bill into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:33pm

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a bill that would expand Idaho's open meeting laws.


Pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:28pm

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — an accident that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

Man sent to prison as teen seeks to overturn conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:13pm

Attorneys for an Ogden man sentenced to adult prison for his role in an armed robbery when he was a teenager are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the 2014 conviction because of a perceived conflict of interest with the judge who handled the case.