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DeVos faces withering criticism in House hearing

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:28pm

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced tough questions from House Democrats on Tuesday on gun control, racial bias and civil rights as she sought to defend funding cuts for her agency.

Court: Mexican family can't sue agent in cross-border death

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:25pm

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired his gun in Texas and fatally wounded a teenager across the Mexican border in 2010 cannot be sued by the teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, in a ruling that cited diplomatic and national security concerns.

Prison officials reach $18.9 million deal with youth inmate

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:24pm

The state Department of Corrections reached an $18.9 million settlement Tuesday with a former youth prison inmate who suffered brain damage after she tried to hang herself in her cell.

Idaho joins other red states with 'abortion reversal' law

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:21pm

Idaho will become the latest conservative state to require women seeking abortions to be informed that the drug-induced procedures can be halted halfway, despite opposition from medical groups that say there is little evidence to support that claim.

Powerful storm threatens to swamp hard-hit California towns

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:12pm

Authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as a powerful storm headed toward California, where many communities on Tuesday face the threat of flooding and destructive debris flows from areas burned bare by huge wildfires.

Eyewear website operator admits guilt in online fraud, again

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:08pm

An eyewear website operator who already served several years in prison after making violent threats to unhappy consumers across the U.S. pleaded guilty to new charges on Tuesday, admitting that he committed more online fraud after he was freed.

The Latest: Governor offers to put state troopers at school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 5:06pm

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Minneapolis officer charged in shooting of Australian woman

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:56pm

A Minneapolis police officer was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in July minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Immigrant arrested in widely seen video is released for now

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:54pm

A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.

Death certificate shows teen died of asphyxia, strangulation

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

Officials in western Michigan have ruled a 16-year-old girl found dead in Kalamazoo was strangled.

Northeast braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

Kristen By Groot and Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:52pm

Spring? What's that?

Trump rails against sanctuary cities amid immigration talks

Jill Colvin and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:50pm

President Donald Trump convened some of the nation's top law enforcement officials Tuesday to rail against so-called sanctuary cities as he continues his crackdown on jurisdictions that flout federal immigration laws.

Teen shoots girl in Maryland school, killed in confrontation

Matthew Barakat and Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:44pm

A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot.

Austin bombings put chill in city known for keeping it light

Will Weissert and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:44pm

Suddenly, the "Keep Austin Weird" slogan doesn't feel so fun anymore.

McConnell says he has confidence in Mueller

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:42pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday expressed confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and said he should be allowed to "finish his job," the Senate leader's first response to President Donald Trump's recent outburst of criticism of Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Latest: McCaul: Videos "could possibly" show suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:36pm

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Ag official who backed Trump expected to get US Senate nod

Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:32pm

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, and three state Republican sources told The Associated Press that he will choose the state agriculture commissioner who helped advise Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:28pm

Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.

The Latest: Storm forces NYC officials to close schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:26pm

The Latest on an early-spring storm hitting the Northeast (all times local):

Jury rules insanity in stabbing death of 6-year-old boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:17pm

A Kentucky jury has recommended a 20-year sentence for an Indiana dialysis nurse convicted of assaulting a man and two children but found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of the children's 6-year-old brother.