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Supreme Court won't stop Alabama execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:44pm

Alabama prepared to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 1987 killing of a motel clerk after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-minute bid to halt the execution because of his health problems.

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:34pm

The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:15pm

Kansas legislators canceled debate Thursday on allowing elementary schools to offer a National Rifle Association-backed firearms safety course, responding to concerns such a step would be inappropriate the week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Supreme Court lets Alabama execution proceed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:08pm

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Grand Canyon helicopter crash victim dies, 3 still critical

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:05pm

A British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, according to Nevada authorities.

Immigration agency rewrites mission statement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:03pm

The agency that oversees legal immigration no longer describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants" in its mission statement.

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Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:00pm

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:56pm

Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety.

West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:30pm

West Virginia public school teachers launched a statewide walkout Thursday that canceled classes in all 55 counties, protesting over pay hikes signed by the governor hours earlier that the teachers say don't go far enough.

The Latest: Official: Inmate scream not from execution drugs

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:28pm

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Idaho man charged in boating deaths of 2 Utahns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:01pm

Prosecutors have charged an eastern Idaho man with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a boating accident last year that left two Utah residents dead.

Affidavit: Nude photo taken with ex-bodyguard's work phone

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:59pm

State investigators have found a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman that they believe were taken with the work cellphone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former lead bodyguard, with whom she has admitted having an extramarital affair, according to court documents filed Thursday.

KIPP charter schools co-founder fired, misconduct alleged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:56pm

The co-founder of one of the nation's leading system of charter schools has been fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

Elliot Spagat and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:48pm

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may pull the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency out of California, an idea so unlikely that some of his staunchest critics dismissed it as an empty taunt against the state over immigration policies.

Gun control bill OK'd by Oregon; 1st since Florida shooting

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:46pm

Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon's Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms and ammunition.

Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:42pm

A Florida inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday.

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:40pm

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

The Latest: Manafort denies new allegations by Mueller

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:24pm

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California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:56pm

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature's struggle to respond to the #MeToo movement.

Texas governor accepts recommendation, spares inmate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:48pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother.