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Illinois man seeks bench trial in young son's beating death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:28pm

A suburban Chicago man charged in the beating death of his 5-year-old son asked Thursday for a judge, not a jury, to decide his fate when he stands trial.

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:05pm

A proposal unveiled Thursday by U.S. wildlife managers would set aside hundreds of square miles across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding grounds in Mexico and the U.S.

2nd person arrested in death of Georgia student

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 12:56pm

A second person has been arrested in connection with the killing of a university student in central Georgia.

Virginia lawmakers pass bills easing abortion restrictions

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 12:55pm

Abortion restrictions that were enacted when Republicans controlled Virginia’s General Assembly are being undone in legislation approved by the Democrats who are now in charge.

Virginia in the spotlight as decision on redistricting looms

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:26am

Virginia Democrats are in the spotlight as they argue over how legislative and congressional boundaries should be drawn, with only a few days left to make a decision.

Alaska governor pitches land vouchers for oil-wealth checks

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:00am

Matt Steele and his wife have imagined buying land for their kids so they can one day “live the Alaskan dream.” He says he sees a proposal by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, to let residents turn their oil-wealth checks into land vouchers, as a way to help make that a reality.

Man deemed unfit for trial in grisly killing of Grindr date

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:55am

A judge on Thursday deemed a Michigan man unfit for trial in the killing and mutilation of someone he met through the dating app Grindr.

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in scheme involving sales of self-published children’s books

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:55am

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in scheme involving sales of self-published children’s books.

Lawyer: Win over transgender runner shouldn't affect suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:49am

Lawyers for three Connecticut high school runners suing to block the participation of transgender athletes in girls sports say recent victories on the track by one of their clients should have no bearing on the lawsuit.

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:47am

TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday.

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:43am

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday.

Oklahoma death row inmates seek injection protocol challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:35am

Oklahoma is ill-prepared to resume executing inmates and its new lethal injection protocols would violate the constitutional rights of prisoners, attorneys for death row inmates said in a court filing Thursday.

Judge nixes Ohio license policies called discriminatory

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:03am

Two state policies that stopped some refugees and children of immigrants from getting driver's licenses in Ohio have been struck down by a federal judge.

FBI conducting probe at Houston school district offices

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:02am

Federal agents descended on the administrative offices of the Houston Independent School District on Thursday, although it's unclear what they were looking into at one of the county's largest school systems.

Dow down 616 points, 10% below record high they set two weeks ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:35am

Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street, bringing Dow Jones industrials 10% below record high they set two weeks ago.

Former Michigan wrestlers urge more victims to 'speak up'

Mike Householder and Larry Lage, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:25am

The whistleblower whose letter to University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel alleging sexual assault sparked an investigation into a former school doctor says he was inspired by the women who testified against convicted Michigan State physician Larry Nassar.

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:23am

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis Dulos, who died after a suicide attempt last month while accused of killing his estranged wife.

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:10am

About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said Thursday.

Feds move to block opening of US supervised injection site

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:05am

A local federal prosecutor has moved to block plans to open what could be the nation's first medically supervised injection site in Philadelphia.