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Police: Mom arrested after video of smoking baby goes viral

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:49pm

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.

Man who killed college student sentenced to life, no parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:41pm

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

Exonerated Tennessee man gets $1M after 31 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

A Tennessee man who spent 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led to his 1978 rape and burglary convictions being overturned has been awarded $1 million in damages.

Fake Facebook post prompts fear, complaints in Georgia town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

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.

The Latest: Police say school shooter used his father's gun

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

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

Sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot man armed with shotgun

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:31pm

Authorities say Florida deputies fatally shot a suicidal man who pointed a gun at them.

What's in a name: Gender-neutral baby names are on the rise

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:28pm

Whether Royal, Charlie or Salem, Skyler, Justice or Oakley, unisex names for babies are on the rise among parents more willing than ever to embrace the possibility of gender fluidity in their children and attempt to head off sexism on their behalf.

The Latest: 'Pretty brutal commute' home from nor'easter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:28pm

The Latest on a spring nor'easter hitting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast (all times local):

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

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:26pm

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.

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:26pm

A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.

Utah to let women get birth control from pharmacy

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:24pm

Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.

Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:20pm

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

Murder case dropped against man imprisoned for 22 years

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:18pm

Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against a New York man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing before new witnesses came forward and his conviction was overturned.

Hawaii lawmaker is latest to resign after misconduct probe

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:14pm

A former speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives will resign by next week to resolve sexual harassment allegations brought by several women, the latest case of an elected official being forced from office over misconduct in recent months.

Alabama senator says Congress must act on gun violence

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:12pm

Congress must act to address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said Wednesday in his maiden speech to the Senate.

Sacramento police shot 20 times at unarmed man in his yard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:09pm

Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.


With police near, suspected Austin bomber blows himself up

Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:06pm

As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.

Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:05pm

A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years.

Confederate monument removed from Oklahoma elementary school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:53pm

A public school district in Oklahoma has removed a monument at an elementary school that was dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.