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Lawyer: $500K bond excessive for shooting suspect's brother

Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:44pm

An attorney for the brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said in court papers Thursday that a $500,000 bond for trespassing at the school is excessive and that the brother should be released from jail.

ACLU-Alaska sues police officers over immigration detention

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:43pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing a city north of Anchorage and members of its police force, alleging officers wrongfully detained a Peruvian man over his immigration status after his attempt to break up a bar fight left him beaten and bloodied.

US drops charges against Erdogan bodyguards over DC brawl

Matthew Lee and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:41pm

U.S. prosecutors said Thursday they have dismissed all criminal charges against seven of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards stemming from a brawl in Washington last year in which protesters were beaten. The charges were dropped last month just a day ahead of a meeting between Erdogan and now-outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but the State Department said the timing was coincidental.

The Latest: Montecito, California, avoiding storm troubles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:40pm

The Latest on California storms (all times local):

Correction: Ten Commandments-Billboards story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:40pm

In a story March 21 and March 22 about a Ten Commandments billboard, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote by Wayne Wallace to the mayor, Joe Cox. A corrected story is below.

Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:36pm

A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds burned fields and pastures in central Oklahoma Thursday, forcing some residents to flee their homes and closing part of a nearby freeway.

Police: Baby in viral video was smoking marijuana

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:36pm

A North Carolina mother helped her 1-year-old daughter smoke marijuana in videos of the child puffing on a cigarillo that garnered millions of views online, according to an arrest warrant.

Herbert awaits school safety report, unsure on extra session

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:24pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he isn't sure yet whether he'll call lawmakers into a special session this year to address gun violence and school shootings as some lawmakers have suggested.

Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:24pm

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly.

Lawmakers OK proclamation asking Idaho to refund ranchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:23pm

Idaho's Senate has approved a proposal calling for the state to reimburse two ranchers for legal costs they incurred fighting the federal government.

Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade fighting words

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:20pm

Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the Hell Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit.

House committee OKs GOP report ending Russia meddling probe

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:19pm

The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to approve its final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, ending its inquiry and giving a final endorsement to the GOP conclusion there was no coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.


Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

Frank Bajak Of The Associated Press and Lise Olsen Of The Houston Chronicle  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:18pm

A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property.

The Latest: Defense attorneys say bomb plot wasn't serious

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:14pm

The Latest on the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a Kansas mosque and apartment complex (all times local):


Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:03pm

Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.

Hotel video shows Vegas gunman 'normal' before mass shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:00pm

Hotel surveillance video from the days before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history shows the gunman as an unremarkable Las Vegas hotel guest and casino patron.

Forecasters warn of mudslide dangers in California

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:58pm

A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, flooding streets and threatening to unleash mud and debris flows into communities near areas burned bare by wildfires.

The Latest: Mom has court appearance in baby smoking case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:58pm

The Latest on the case of a mother accused of letting her infant daughter smoke marijuana (all times local):

Rep. Cramer's son dies at Minnesota hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:49pm

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer's son has died at a Minnesota hospital after suffering from failing liver and kidneys.