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Judges seek more information on planned Alabama execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:48pm

Federal judges are seeking more information about an upcoming Alabama execution in which the state plans to connect the lethal injection line through the inmate's leg.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:44pm

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.

Philadelphia DA drops cash bail for 'low-level' crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:42pm

Philadelphia's top prosecutor says his office will stop asking for cash bail for a number of misdemeanor and non-violent felony crimes.

APNewsBreak: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose his role in a company that he formed, a mysterious outfit that features his top federal staffer in a false testimonial promoting its services, an Associated Press review shows.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.

School shooting plot suspect kept journal of plans

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:36pm

A Vermont teenager accused of planning "to shoot up" his former high school wrote in a diary he titled "Journal of an active shooter" that he had "big plans" to kill as many as he could.

More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:34pm

A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations, after a second worker in a week was dismissed for misconduct.

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.

Illinois man jailed for decades found not guilty at retrial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:26pm

A suburban Chicago man who spent 22 years behind bars on charges of arson and murder in his mother-in-law's death was found not guilty by a judge Wednesday in the retrial of his case.

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.

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):

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.