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The Latest: 2nd death in Kentucky from severe weather

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:47am

The Latest on severe weather that moved through parts of the US (all times local):

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Mary Clare Jalonick and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:31am

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia.

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Tammy Webber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:25am

Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men.

Redistricting emerges as key ballot, legislative priority

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:23am

Responding to complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a significant number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions.

A fertility doctor's secret, a special kinship decades later

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:55am

Matt White remembers that day in September 2016 when a mystery began to unravel that would change his life.

Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:53am

As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol's checkpoint a half-hour drive's north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection.

Ohio moves to add Wright flyer to state seal amid dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:35am

Ohio is staking another public claim to the Wright brothers' legacy amid a dispute with Connecticut over an aviator that state says flew first.

Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:09am

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South.

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:54am

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump.

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:04am

A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up."

2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:51pm

At least two people are dead as a strong storm system that included possible tornadoes pushed its way eastward through the central United States, leaving demolished homes, damaged vehicles and uprooted trees in its wake.

The Latest: Woman dead as storm hits Kentucky, Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:01pm

The Latest on potentially severe weather developing in parts of the US (all times local):

Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:51pm

President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to States."

White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:33pm

A tentative plan for President Donald Trump to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington has been put on hold, the White House confirmed Saturday.

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Mary Clare Jalonick and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:29pm

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia.

The Latest: Democrats offer own memo on Russia probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:27pm

The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference (all times local):

Prosecutors: Developer gave illicit cash to LA politicians

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:49pm

A real estate developer was charged Friday with making nearly $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions to committees that supported Mayor Eric Garcetti and seven other Los Angeles politicians while seeking approval to build a massive apartment complex.

After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

Matt Sedensky and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:04pm

The progression has become numbingly repetitive — mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals, the mourning, the talking heads and the calls for change that dwindle into nothingness.

Snowfall to make driving difficult on many Utah highways

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:56pm

Authorities say snowfall late Saturday and early Sunday will cause difficult driving conditions on many Utah highways, including parts of several interstates.

Mayor, governor join NYC union rally ahead of key court case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:49pm

Supporters of organized labor rallied Saturday in New York City ahead of arguments in a Supreme Court case that could make it hard for unions to operate.