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Florida sheriff wants new leads following Netflix series

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 4:55am

A Florida sheriff is asking for new leads in the disappearance of the former husband of a big cat sanctuary owner featured in the new Netflix series “Tiger King.”

Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:01pm

As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are anxious for relief, hoping Gov. Ron DeSantis will change his mind and allow them to disembark despite confirmed coronavirus cases aboard.

LA County sheriff abandons effort to close gun stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 10:21pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is abandoning the effort.

White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 10:14pm

Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.

Idaho governor signs into law anti-transgender legislation

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 7:20pm

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two anti-transgender bills, making Idaho the first among states that introduced some 40 such bills this year to enact them.

US Rep. who sought to stall virus aid touts fundraising haul

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 5:55pm

He drew the president's wrath for seeking to slow congressional approval of a $2.2 trillion coronavirus-relief package, and now U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is boasting of his tactic and hauling in campaign cash for his reelection bid.

McConaughey says stay home now, great things may lie ahead

Gary Gerard Hamilton, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 5:31pm

Matthew McConaughey has gone from advertising for going out and driving to selling people on staying home, and says that successfully navigating this crisis could bring great things from Hollywood and humanity.

'Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola is dead at age 85

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:58pm

Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85.

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

David Pitt and Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:57pm

Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during the outbreak.

Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:30pm

Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government's lockdown orders.

Trial delayed for Ohio doctor charged in deaths at hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 3:44pm

The murder trial of an Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients will be delayed due to coronavirus concerns.

Ex-Blackfeet chairman gets 10 months prison in fraud case

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 3:25pm

A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who defrauded a tribal Head Start early education program through an overtime pay scheme was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and his plea to be spared prison time because of the coronavirus was denied.

Feds revoking reservation status for tribe's 300 acres

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:26pm

A tribe is losing reservation status for its more than 300 acres in Massachusetts, raising fears among Native American groups that other tribes could face the same fate under the Trump administration.

$2 million awarded to Missouri man wrongfully sent to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:22pm

An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more than three years in prison for his wife's killing before the conviction was overturned, his lawyers said Monday.

Gov. DeSantis, wife Casey announce birth of baby Mamie

Kelli Kennedy and Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:33pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey announced Monday on Twitter the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. And then the governor crossed the state to update Floridians on the coronavirus.

Hay fever or virus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:30am

The spring breezes of 2020 are carrying more than just tree pollen. There’s a whiff of paranoia in the air.

Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:26am

John Prine is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine said Monday.

The White House is getting a new chief of staff on Tuesday

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:08am

Rep. Mark Meadows is resigning his congressional seat effective 5 p.m. Monday as he assumes the post of White House chief of staff.

Court: Grand jury records from lynching can't be released

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:44am

The grand jury records from the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia cannot be released despite their great historical significance, a federal appeals court said.