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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):

Police: Mom arrested after video of smoking baby goes viral

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:27pm

A mother was arrested by North Carolina police after a video of her infant child smoking a small cigar set off a social media effort to get authorities involved.

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.

Houston to consider new floodplains rules after Harvey

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

More than 80 percent of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Houston's floodplains could've been spared if they were at the higher elevation now being proposed by the mayor, according to a new report.


Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:44pm

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.

The Latest: Constitution panel rejects gun control proposals

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

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

Herbert OKs law to allow terminally ill to use marijuana

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

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill allowing terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana.

Michigan brothers in same jail, charged in separate slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

Two Michigan brothers are in the same Detroit-area jail — one charged in the slaying of his wife and the other his pregnant girlfriend.

Boy wounded in Maryland high school shooting out of hospital

Matthew Barakat and Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:28pm

A teenage boy wounded in the latest school shooting was released Wednesday from a hospital, while a 16-year-old classmate was still fighting for her life in critical condition.

The Latest: Bail cut to $400K for ex-officer in shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:22pm

The Latest on the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman (all times local):