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Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:34pm

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is defending a proposal that would cut food stamp benefits in half and replace them with a box of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorstep. The plan has drawn harsh criticism, with one lawmaker calling it "a cruel joke."

MLK's daughter supports students, says gun changes overdue

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:25pm

As the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday that limiting access to guns is long overdue.

Florida students not backing off push for gun regulations

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:22pm

The student-driven movement to rewrite gun laws showed no sign of waning a week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school, with politicians yielding to pressure to respond.

Lawmaker facing charges he extorted page for sex resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:21pm

A Rhode Island state senator facing charges that accuse him of extorting a teenage Statehouse page for sex has resigned.

Idaho man charged with manslaughter in boating deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:13pm

Prosecutors have charged an eastern Idaho man with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a boating accident last year that left two Utah residents dead.

Navajos settle Utah voting rights case over mail-in ballots

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:12pm

Navajos who once worried they'd have to drive hours to cast their ballots in Utah say a new settlement is a step forward as tribes challenge what they call discriminatory voting practices around the United States.

FBI says it's trying to rebuild trust after botched tip

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:12pm

A top FBI official acknowledged Thursday that the nation's top law enforcement agency has lost public trust after the revelation that it failed to investigate a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting, a mistake he suggested was the result of bad judgment.

Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:06pm

Alabama stood ready Thursday to execute an inmate who argued that there is an increased risk of a botched execution because of damage to his veins from lymphoma and other illnesses.

Correction: Female Police Chief story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:00pm

In a story Feb. 21 about a new police chief in West Valley City, the Associated Press reported erroneously that Colleen Jacobs was the state's only female police chief. There is another female police chief in Willard, Utah.

Judge convicts man in 1980 killing that baffled authorities

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:00pm

A judge found a 57-year-old man guilty Thursday of a murder that baffled authorities in Maine for nearly four decades and at one time looked like a cold case that would never be resolved.

The Latest: California senator quits before discipline vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:52pm

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The Latest: Spokesman: Graham planned own funeral carefully

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:46pm

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Congressman claims undisclosed firm wasn't 'doing business'

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:44pm

A congressman from Iowa said in a sworn statement made public Thursday that a company he failed to disclose wasn't "doing business" in 2016, despite claims in its own advertising to the contrary.

After a year, Trump holds firm grip on conservative movement

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:44pm

Donald Trump's outsider candidacy rattled the conservative movement. But more than a year into his presidency, the onetime Democrat now holds what seems to be a near-total grip.

Third California state lawmaker resigns over sexual misconduct allegations, just ahead of possible expulsion vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:42pm

Third California state lawmaker resigns over sexual misconduct allegations, just ahead of possible expulsion vote.

Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

Jonathan Drew and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:35pm

The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

Court rejects request to return Kennedy cousin to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:34pm

A request by prosecutors to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison while his murder case appeal is pending has been rejected.

Mayor: Driver crashed car into hospital, set himself on fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:30pm

A driver intentionally crashed a car filled with gasoline containers into a Connecticut hospital emergency room Thursday and set himself on fire, authorities said.

Idaho House OKs bill exempting mothers from indecency law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:23pm

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho Statehouse.

Husband of slain online exhibitionist charged with murder

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:20pm

The husband of an online exhibitionist whose partially nude body was found outside her suburban home was arrested Thursday in her killing, an Alabama police chief said.