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Jury selection starts for men accused of Kansas bomb plot

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:28pm

The explosive issues of race, immigration and guns emerged during jury selection at the trial of three militia members accused of conspiring to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somalis in southwest Kansas.

Minneapolis officer charged in shooting of Australian woman

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:26pm

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter.

Officials: Mississippi governor to appoint a woman to Senate

Alan Fram and Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:24pm

Mississippi's governor will appoint the state's agriculture commissioner to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Tulsa man convicted in hate-crime death admits hit-and-run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:11pm

An Oklahoma man already sentenced to life in prison for the hate-crime killing of his Lebanese neighbor has pleaded guilty for a hit-and-run that injured the victim's mother.

The Latest: Prosecutor: Minneapolis cop deserved charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:10pm

The Latest on charges against a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July (all times local):

The Latest: House speaker says Safe Schools Act should pass

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:09pm

The Latest on the shooting at a Maryland high school (all times local):

Des Moines police officer with history of trouble sued again

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:08pm

A fired then reinstated Des Moines police officer who has been disciplined for shooting at a television cameraman, attacking a groom at a wedding and assaulting his girlfriend has now been sued in federal court for his attack on a man who called police for help in 2016.

Judge harshly criticizes Kobach during contempt hearing

Margaret Stafford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:08pm

A visibly angry federal judge on Tuesday blasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for his office's failure to ensure that certain voters are notified that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming election while a lawsuit over a state voting law makes its way through the courts.

Yemeni man seeks Guantanamo release after 16 years

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:08pm

Lawyers for a longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to intervene after the Trump administration disregarded a review board's decision clearing him for release.

Powerful storm threatens to swamp hard-hit California towns

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:06pm

Authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as a powerful storm headed toward California, where many communities on Tuesday face the threat of flooding and destructive debris flows from areas burned bare by huge wildfires.


Teen shoots girl in Maryland school, dies in confrontation

Matthew Barakat and Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:06pm

A teenager with a handgun shot a girl inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said.

Black man convicted by all-white jury seeks new trial

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:03pm

Prosecutors in west Georgia focused on the race of black potential jurors as they purposely and systematically excluded them from the trials of black men facing the death penalty four decades ago, lawyers for one of the men said in a court filing this week.

Charges coming after crash into sheriff's office substation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:56pm

Authorities say a Florida woman is facing criminal charges after crashing into a sheriff's office substation with accelerants in her car.

Prosecutor clears deputy in death of man in his patrol car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:53pm

A prosecutor says a deputy in South Carolina won't face criminal charges for killing a man who managed to get into his police car and grab a rifle.

The Latest: McConnell hails Mueller's 'great credibility'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:48pm

The Latest on the special counsel investigation into contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia (all times local):

The Latest: Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:48pm

The Latest on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks' gestation — the strictest in the nation (all times local):

Judge won't dismiss 'Apprentice' contestant suit vs. Trump

Colleen Long and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:47pm

A defamation lawsuit brought by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who accused President Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact can move forward while he is in office, a judge ruled Tuesday.


New blast sends bombing investigators to Texas FedEx center

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:44pm

Investigators pursuing a suspected serial bomber in the Texas capital shifted their attention Tuesday to a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio where a package exploded on a conveyor belt in the middle of the night and caused minor injuries to a worker.

Timeline of unarmed Australian Justine Damond's shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:25pm

A timeline of the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman, by a Minneapolis police officer, and ensuing events:

Northeast braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

Kristen By Groot and Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:22pm

Spring? What's that?