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Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers

Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:56pm

Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.

Mississippi imposes 15-week abortion ban; nation's toughest

Jeff Amy and Sarah Mearhoff, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:55pm

Mississippi's governor signed the nation's most restrictive abortion law Monday — and was slapped with a lawsuit less than an hour later.


Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:52pm

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took an even more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire.

The Latest: University of Alabama suspends operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:50pm

The Latest on the threat of severe weather across the Southeast (all times local):

Teen who pleaded guilty in dad's fatal shooting sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:46pm

An Ohio teenager who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her father has been sentenced to juvenile prison until she's 21.

Defense: Suspect in New Orleans officer's death mentally ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:45pm

Jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of a New Orleans police officer.

Lawyer who alleged 'plot' to frame Trump joins legal team

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:44pm

A lawyer who has suggested that FBI officials were part of a "brazen plot" to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump has been added to the president's legal team.

Maryland House approves stronger sexual harassment policies

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:38pm

The Maryland House of Delegates voted unanimously Monday to strengthen the General Assembly's policies on sexual harassment to cover lobbyists and create a framework for an independent investigator to handle complaints.

The Latest: Zinke vows to fight opioids in Indian country

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:37pm

The Latest on U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit with tribal leaders in the Phoenix area. (all times local):

Battered east braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:37pm

The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is set to smack the East Coast on the first day of spring.

Police assemble patchwork of clues in hunt for Austin bomber

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:36pm

In the search for answers to a series of explosions in Texas, authorities have come ahead with a simple plea to whoever's behind the blasts: Talk to us.

The Latest: Trump legal team gives document to Mueller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:36pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation (all times local):

Otter signs open meeting law expansion bill into law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:33pm

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a bill that would expand Idaho's open meeting laws.


Pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:28pm

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — an accident that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

Man sent to prison as teen seeks to overturn conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:13pm

Attorneys for an Ogden man sentenced to adult prison for his role in an armed robbery when he was a teenager are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the 2014 conviction because of a perceived conflict of interest with the judge who handled the case.

Deputies: Car crashes into sheriff's office substation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:11pm

Florida deputies didn't have far to travel when responding to a car wreck because it crashed into a sheriff's office substation.

Court rulings boost Democrats' chances of retaking Congress

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:10pm

Boosting the Democrats' chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall's midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected Republican challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state's high court.

The Latest: Mississippi abortion clinic sues to stop law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:05pm

The Latest on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks (all times local):

Numbers reveal breadth of investigation into Texas bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:04pm

The series of bombings this month in the Texas capital city of Austin has generated a vast response by state and federal law enforcement agencies that are sifting through hundreds of tips to find what Austin Police Chief Brian Manley has described as a serial bomber.