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The Latest: Michigan child found dead in standing water

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:08pm

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):

The Latest: Protesters begin sit-in at GOP leaders' office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:00pm

The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):

Police corruption trial over, but investigators keep digging

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:50pm

A trial exposing a unit of wildly corrupt Baltimore detectives has wrapped up in a courtroom, but federal and police investigators are still digging into possible offshoots of one of the worst police corruption scandals in memory.

Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite 'hate group' surge

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:45pm

The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.

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

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:44pm

An attorney for a man scheduled to be put to death in Missouri next month said Wednesday that she has "very serious concerns" about the state's lethal injection method after an online news outlet reported that Missouri bought execution drugs from a compounding pharmacy with a troubling record.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:44pm

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.

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:38pm

Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

School shooting plot suspect kept journal of plans

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:36pm

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.

The Latest: Ex-judge who coerced sex from men gets 5 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:36pm

The Latest on the sentencing for a former Arkansas judge who admitted trading lighter sentences for sexual favors (all times local):

Seventh-grader who shot himself in school bathroom dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:34pm

Authorities say an Ohio seventh-grader who police said brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom has died of his injuries.

Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:30pm

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Arkansas judge to five years in prison after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for sexual favors — a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended.

Investigators: US wildlife official broke law with grants

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:29pm

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, according to federal investigators.

Islamic State sympathizer pleads guilty in terrorism case

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:29pm

An Albanian who became a U.S. citizen but kept an Islamic State flag in his apartment pleaded guilty to terrorism charges Wednesday.

Robotics expert charged with defrauding Michigan university

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:22pm

A Chinese national who is described as an expert in robotics has been charged with defrauding Michigan State University with false expense claims.

Man charged with ramming FBI office gate pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:19pm

An Ohio man accused of ramming a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office has pleaded guilty to one charge in the case.

Plan to repeal death penalty in Utah passes first vote

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:10pm

A Republican state lawmaker's plan to repeal the death penalty in deep-red Utah cleared its first test Wednesday, winning approval from a legislative committee as Utah's GOP governor said he's open to signing the ban.

Neurologist who admitted groping patients charged in NYC

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:10pm

A neurologist sentenced to probation after he admitted groping women at a Philadelphia clinic pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting six patients in New York City.

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:09pm

The fate of a convicted Texas killer was in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands Wednesday after the state parole board recommended sparing the prisoner's life at the urging of his father, who survived the attack.

Plea deals offered in stings critics call racially biased

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:56pm

Prosecutors have told a judge they'll offer plea deals to 43 defendants charged in phony stash-house stings that critics say are racially biased.