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Construction begins to replace border wall in California

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:28pm

The federal government began work Wednesday on replacing border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:24pm

The fate of a convicted Texas killer nearing execution was in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands Wednesday after the state parole board made the rare recommendation that the prisoner's life be spared.

Condemned man's lawyer: 'Serious concerns' on execution drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:12pm

The attorney for a man facing execution next month says she has "very serious concerns" about Missouri's lethal injection method following a report claiming the state purchased execution drugs from a troubled compounding pharmacy.

The Latest: 17 students rescued after bus gets stuck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:11pm

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):

The Latest: Defense seeks home detention for ex-judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:08pm

The Latest on the sentencing for a former Arkansas judge who admitted trading lighter sentences for sexual favors (all times local):

Neurologist who admitted groping patients charged in NYC

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:07pm

A neurologist who admitted groping women at a Philadelphia clinic has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting six patients in New York City.

Crews used boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

Crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping across the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying areas in several states.

Police: Man dies after poisoning self during freeway chase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

A rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Southern California on Wednesday, authorities said.

Investigators: US wildlife official broke law with grants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:52pm

Investigators say a senior official at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law with his involvement in awarding $324,000 in conservation grants to a nonprofit where his wife worked as a contractor.

The Latest: School guard acted on student's shooting threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:50pm

The latest on what authorities say is a thwarted shooting plot by a California student.

Much-touted MS-13 sweep keeps even most basic details secret

Tom Hays and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:49pm

It was a tally so impressive that President Donald Trump touted it at his State of the Union address: Since May, agents cracking down on the violent gangs terrorizing the working-class suburbs of Long Island had swept up 428 gang suspects, including 220 members of the notorious MS-13.

Preliminary report: Sightseeing helicopter spun before crash

Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:46pm

A preliminary report released Wednesday says a sightseeing helicopter made at least two 360-degree turns before crashing in the Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring three other tourists and the pilot.

Feds: Pharmacy worker took opioids meant for terminally ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:45pm

A one-time pharmacy worker who pleaded guilty to taking opioid painkillers that were meant for terminally ill patients is going to prison.

California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:44pm

A security officer overheard a student threaten to open fire at his Southern California high school, allowing officials to thwart the plot just days after a deadly shooting in Florida, authorities said Wednesday.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:44pm

Authorities say an off-duty police officer has been fatally shot while intervening in a domestic dispute in suburban Maryland.

Endangered Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:41pm

A Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle, the eighth fatal collision involving the endangered species.

Mueller files new charges in Manafort case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:40pm

Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Opioids dangers force police to abandon drug field tests

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:40pm

Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain color, it's supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics.

The Latest: Pence talks about school shooting in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:38pm

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

Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite 'hate group' surge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:31pm

An organization that tracks far-right extremists says the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate.