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Ag official who backed Trump expected to get US Senate nod

Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:32pm

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, and three state Republican sources told The Associated Press that he will choose the state agriculture commissioner who helped advise Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.


Needs go unmet 6 months after Maria hit Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:28pm

Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.

The Latest: Storm forces NYC officials to close schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:26pm

The Latest on an early-spring storm hitting the Northeast (all times local):

Jury rules insanity in stabbing death of 6-year-old boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:17pm

A Kentucky jury has recommended a 20-year sentence for an Indiana dialysis nurse convicted of assaulting a man and two children but found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of the children's 6-year-old brother.

Immigrant arrested in widely seen video is released for now

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:17pm

A Mexican woman whose videotaped arrest for being in the U.S. illegally gained widespread attention online is being released on her own recognizance by an immigration judge in Southern California.

Senate turns back resolution limiting US military in Yemen

Lisa Mascaro and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:14pm

The Senate rejected Tuesday a resolution that would prohibit U.S. troops from helping a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Still, the unusual vote — coming as Saudi Arabia's crown prince was in Washington — amplified the continued unease in Congress with military endeavors abroad.

Minneapolis officer charged in shooting of Australian woman

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:12pm

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter.

Eyewear website operator admits guilt in online fraud, again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:10pm

An eyewear website operator who already served several years in prison after making violent threats to unhappy consumers has admitted duping online customers again.


New blast sends bombing investigators to Texas FedEx center

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:08pm

Investigators pursuing a suspected serial bomber in the Texas capital shifted their attention Tuesday to a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio where a package exploded on a conveyor belt in the middle of the night and caused minor injuries to a worker.

Man hit girl with screwdriver, dragged her behind car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:08pm

A New York man has admitted striking a 10-year-old girl with a screwdriver, dragging her behind a vehicle with a rope and forcing hot sauce into her duct tape-covered mouth.

Senators push for better security for 2018 election season

Mary Clare Jalonick, Christina A. Cassidy and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:04pm

Government efforts to protect state and local elections from Russian cyberattacks in 2016 didn't go far enough, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee said Tuesday as the panel released recommendations to safeguard against foreign meddling in the 2018 primary season that's already underway.


Teen shoots girl in Maryland school, killed in confrontation

Matthew Barakat and Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:58pm

A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot.

Trump rails against sanctuary cities amid immigration talks

Jill Colvin and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:56pm

President Donald Trump is railing against so-called sanctuary cities as he continues his crackdown on jurisdictions that flout federal immigration laws.

Cops: Police kill restaurant gunman after 5-hour standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:56pm

Authorities in New Jersey say police fatally shot an armed man who holed up in a restaurant near Princeton University during a five-hour standoff with officers.

GOP lawmakers seek to impeach judges over congressional map

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:55pm

Twelve Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania have signed on to resolutions introduced Tuesday that seek to impeach four Democratic justices on the state Supreme Court over rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

The Latest: Attorney: Officer should not have been charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:52pm

The Latest on charges against a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July (all times local):

McConnell says he has confidence in Mueller

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:48pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday expressed confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and said he should be allowed to "finish his job," the Senate leader's first response to President Donald Trump's recent outburst of criticism of Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

8 people indicted in white supremacist gang member's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:47pm

Eight alleged members or associates of a white supremacist prison gang called the Aryan Circle have been indicted in Louisiana on federal charges in the 2016 killing of a fellow alleged member of the gang.

5 women sue Provo, former chief over misconduct allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:43pm

Five women say the city of Provo and former Mayor John Curtis failed take action to protect them from alleged sexual harassment and assault by the former Provo police chief.

Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

Brynn Anderson and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:42pm

With violent weather plowing through the Southeast, the kitchen windows exploded at Richard Brasher's home in eastern Alabama.