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Graham's spiritual journey began and ended in North Carolina

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:28pm

While the Rev. Billy Graham's travels took him as far away as the Soviet Union and China, he always came back to his native North Carolina, a place of refuge and spiritual refueling.

The Latest: US to honor Australian cruiser lost in WWII

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:28pm

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Parents of hazing victims gather in South Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:27pm

Tears flowed as the parents of 15 children who died in college hazing incidents gathered in South Carolina to share their losses.

West Virginia teachers continue walkout over pay, benefits

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

West Virginia teachers are continuing their walkout for a second day as thousands showed up again at the state Capitol to press the Legislature to help them with pay and benefits.

Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

Chad Day, Tom Lobianco and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign is to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Bill would give teens fleeing polygamous groups more rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

Teenagers fleeing polygamous communities would get more legal protection from parents who could expose them to sexual abuse under a proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers.

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After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:22pm

Less than two weeks after the Florida school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators announced school safety and gun restriction proposals Friday that would ban sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21 but they differed on whether some teachers should carry weapons in school.

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:20pm

Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one.

After shooting, return to school brings teachers to tears

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:18pm

In the right-hand drawer of a desk at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a file that teacher Ernest Rospierski desperately wants back.

The Latest: Rick Gates arrives at federal courthouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:08pm

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Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

President Donald Trump told conservatives that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers Friday while avoiding mention of other elements of his approach opposed by the National Rifle Association.

The Latest: Greitens lawyer says prosecutor declined meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Houston mayor: Recovery from Harvey not fast enough

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:03pm

Houston's mayor says that six months after Hurricane Harvey's devastating and deadly flooding, recovery efforts in the United States' fourth-largest city aren't happening fast enough.

The Latest: Legislators' plan would allow armed teachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:00pm

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Officer shoots suspect during altercation at Virginia hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:59am

A man has been shot by an officer working with a U.S. Marshals Service task force after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with the officer at a Virginia hotel.

White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:52am

The White House has announced a Baltic summit in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Court leaves black judge on case against white officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:48am

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man.

California couple charged with torture of kids due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court on Friday.

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

Jim Salter and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:32am

A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's indictment on an invasion of privacy charge related to an extramarital affair.

The Latest: Lawyer: Siblings in shackling case make progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

The Latest in the case of a California couple accused of starving and shackling their children (all times local):