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Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:08pm

The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing.

Timeline of Australian Justine Damond's shooting by cop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:06pm

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

Experts: Hard to convict officer in Australian woman's death

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:59pm

The police officer who was with a Minneapolis officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed Australian woman said both men "got spooked" when she approached their SUV, and that the partner feared for his life. But prosecutors say Officer Mohamed Noor acted recklessly and was not justified in using deadly force when he shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond last July after she called to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Police: Maryland school shooter used his father's handgun

Matthew Barakat and Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:58pm

A teenager used his father's legally-owned handgun in an attack inside his high school in Maryland, police said Wednesday.

Arkansas death row inmate asks court to wait for 1 more plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:57pm

An Arkansas death row inmate out of appeals at the state level wants another chance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fake snake post on Facebook prompts fear in Georgia town

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:57pm

A fake Facebook post is spreading fears that venomous snakes are lurking in the sewers of a Georgia town, and the city attorney has expressed concerns to the social media network that it's creating confusion and panic.

Experts: Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:46pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has claimed to be the victim of a political witch hunt since the day a St. Louis grand jury accused him of taking a compromising photo of a woman during a sexual affair.

Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:38pm

A strong Pacific storm dropped heavy rain Wednesday on a swath of California where thousands of people have been evacuated because of the threat of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.

Man arrested in string of robberies, sex assaults in Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:38pm

Police have arrested a suspect after at least two clerks were sexually assaulted during a string of convenience store robberies in northwestern Iowa.

Man who killed college student sentenced to life, no parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:34pm

A registered sex offender convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an Ohio State University student has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Northeast gets clobbered with fourth snowstorm in 3 weeks

Ted Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:32pm

Spring kicked off with a wallop of wintry weather along the East Coast as the fourth nor'easter in three weeks rolled in with the potential for a foot of snow Wednesday.

The Latest: Rods were being adjusted when bridge fell

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:28pm

The Latest on the bridge collapse in Florida (all times local):

Review adds pressure to Weinstein investigation

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:28pm

New York's governor put unusual — and potentially problematic — pressure on Manhattan's district attorney to bring a criminal case against Harvey Weinstein this week when he ordered the state's attorney general to investigate the prosecutor's handling of an earlier sex abuse probe involving the film producer, legal experts said.

The Latest: Judge refuses to change trial date for Greitens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:26pm

The Latest on the criminal case involving Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Attorneys spar over evidence in Alaska cruise ship death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:25pm

Attorneys are fighting over evidence one month before a Utah man is scheduled to face trial in the death of his wife on an Alaska cruise last summer.

Police: Mom arrested after video of smoking baby goes viral

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:25pm

A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities identify and arrest the mother.

Federal official: "Reasonable level of certainty" no more Austin package bombs "out in the public," but awareness urged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:24pm

Federal official: "Reasonable level of certainty" no more Austin package bombs "out in the public," but awareness urged.

The Latest: Heaviest California rains still to come

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:20pm

The Latest on a storm that has forced evacuations in California (all times local):

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreck

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:12pm

The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, whose story was chronicled in a 1944 movie.

Latest: Officer praised in previous encounter with armed man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:10pm

The Latest on Tuesday's school shooting in Maryland (all times local):