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Alaska governor pitches land vouchers for oil-wealth checks

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:00am

Matt Steele and his wife have imagined buying land for their kids so they can one day “live the Alaskan dream.” He says he sees a proposal by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, to let residents turn their oil-wealth checks into land vouchers, as a way to help make that a reality.

Man deemed unfit for trial in grisly killing of Grindr date

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:55am

A judge on Thursday deemed a Michigan man unfit for trial in the killing and mutilation of someone he met through the dating app Grindr.

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in scheme involving sales of self-published children’s books

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:55am

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in scheme involving sales of self-published children’s books.

Lawyer: Win over transgender runner shouldn't affect suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:49am

Lawyers for three Connecticut high school runners suing to block the participation of transgender athletes in girls sports say recent victories on the track by one of their clients should have no bearing on the lawsuit.

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:47am

TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday.

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:43am

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday.

Oklahoma death row inmates seek injection protocol challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:35am

Oklahoma is ill-prepared to resume executing inmates and its new lethal injection protocols would violate the constitutional rights of prisoners, attorneys for death row inmates said in a court filing on Thursday.

Judge nixes Ohio license policies called discriminatory

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:03am

Two state policies that stopped some refugees and children of immigrants from getting driver's licenses in Ohio have been struck down by a federal judge.

FBI conducting probe at Houston school district offices

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:02am

FBI agents descended on the administrative offices of the Houston Independent School District on Thursday, although it's unclear what they were looking into at one of the county's largest school systems.

Dow down 616 points, 10% below record high they set two weeks ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:35am

Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street, bringing Dow Jones industrials 10% below record high they set two weeks ago.

Former Michigan wrestler urges more victims to 'speak up'

Mike Householder and Larry Lage, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:25am

A University of Michigan wrestler from the 1970s said Thursday that he was kicked off the team and lost his financial aid after complaining he had been physically abused by a sports doctor.

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:23am

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis Dulos, who died after a suicide attempt last month while accused of killing his estranged wife.

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:10am

About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said Thursday.

Feds move to block opening of US supervised injection site

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:05am

A local federal prosecutor has moved to block plans to open what could be the nation's first medically supervised injection site in Philadelphia.

Boy fatally hit by car in NYC near where girl killed by bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:03am

A 7-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car on Thursday in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where a 10-year-old girl was killed by a school bus two days earlier, police said.

Female wrestler wins North Carolina high school championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:34am

A female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina.

Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda use star power to promote NYC census

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:23am

all considered hard-to-count populations. In the 2010 census, less than 62% of city residents answered the census questions on their own, compared with the national average of 76%.

Court sides with family of man shot by police in Kansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:03am

A federal appeals court has ruled that jurors should be allowed to decide whether a white police officer in Kansas used excessive force nearly eight years ago when he fatally shot a black man as he was lying face down in a parking lot.

Relatives sue Alabama prisons over 4 inmate suicides

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:46am

Relatives of four inmates who killed themselves inside Alabama prisons are suing the state over the men's suicides, adding to the legal problems for an agency already in court over its treatment of prisoners.