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Alabama postpones execution of inmate with damaged veins

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:06am

Alabama on Thursday halted the execution of an inmate who had argued that his veins were too damaged for lethal injection, because medical staff did not think they could connect the intravenous line by the time the death warrant expired at midnight.

The Latest: Officials couldn't connect line to inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:42pm

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):

Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:18pm

As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student.

Alabama postpones execution; officials say not enough time to prepare inmate before death warrant expires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:42pm

Alabama postpones execution; officials say not enough time to prepare inmate before death warrant expires.

AP Explains: Rare honor reserved for Graham at the Capitol

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:34pm

Congress is reserving one of the nation's greatest distinctions for the Rev. Billy Graham, selecting him to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday.

Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:32pm

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump says, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

Jim Salter, David A. Lieb and Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:20pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair the year before he was elected.

Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

Heather Hollingsworth and John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:18pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose victory in his first run for public office made him a rising Republican political figure, was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair he had in 2015.

NRA strikes a defiant tone, criticizes gun control advocates

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:16pm

Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety.

Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges

Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:12pm

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:44pm

Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest.

Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

Gary Fineout, Jennifer Kay and Josh Replogle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:34pm

The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter.

Officer convicted at terrorism trial faces decades in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:32pm

A former transit-agency police officer convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State could face decades in prison at his sentencing hearing.

The Latest: Ban proposed on young buying assault rifles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:22pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local):

Activist Lewis honored decades after civil rights arrest

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:16pm

The first time John Lewis traveled to Mississippi in 1961, he was arrested and jailed with other Freedom Riders, black and white, who challenged segregation in a bus station.

The Latest: No answer at home of school's ex-armed officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:52pm

The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:34pm

The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:15pm

Kansas legislators canceled debate Thursday on allowing elementary schools to offer a National Rifle Association-backed firearms safety course, responding to concerns such a step would be inappropriate the week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Grand Canyon helicopter crash victim dies, 3 still critical

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:05pm

A British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, according to Nevada authorities.