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White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:52am

The White House has announced a Baltic summit in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Court leaves black judge on case against white officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:48am

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man.

After shooting, return to school brings teachers to tears

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

In the right-hand drawer of a desk at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a file that teacher Ernest Rospierski desperately wants back.

California couple charged with torture of kids due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court on Friday.

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

Jim Salter and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:32am

A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's indictment on an invasion of privacy charge related to an extramarital affair.

The Latest: Lawyer: Siblings in shackling case make progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

The Latest in the case of a California couple accused of starving and shackling their children (all times local):

Wisconsin dairy says owner among Indiana plane crash victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

A Wisconsin dairy owner and his son-in-law were among at least three people killed when a small plane crashed into a central Indiana farm field, the business said Friday.

The Latest: Legislators' plan would allow armed teachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:30am

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

Schools physically restrained students 9,000 times last year

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:30am

Public school officials in Massachusetts say they had to physically restrain students more than 9,000 times last school year, sparking outcry from some advocates who say the practice is dangerous and overused.

Federal judges to hear Pennsylvania district map challenge

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:29am

A request by eight GOP congressmen in Pennsylvania to halt the use of a new congressional district map in this year's elections was placed in the hands of three Republican-appointed federal judges Friday.

Fire damages or destroys over 25 school buses; no classes

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:28am

A fire tore through a school bus garage early Friday, destroying or damaging more than two dozen buses as tires exploded off their rims, forcing firefighters to back away, fire officials said. Classes in the district were cancelled.

Utah teacher agrees with Trump: Arming teachers is 'more of a solution'

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:27am

Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is “more of a solution” than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks “the instincts” of a law enforcement officer and can’t easily see herself carrying a gun in class.

The Latest: Trump upbeat on meeting with Australian PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:24am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the Australian prime minister (all times local):

Interior boss alters overhaul; governors' group 'gratified'

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:22am

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

AP Explains: Graham's rare honor at US Capitol

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:20am

Congress is reserving one of the nation's greatest distinctions for the Rev. Billy Graham, selecting him to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday.

Officer convicted at terrorism trial sentenced to 15 years

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:18am

A former transit-agency police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday after being convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State group.

Judge orders hearing on aborted execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:12am

A federal judge has scheduled a Monday hearing to discuss what happened during an aborted lethal injection in Alabama where lawyers said the inmate endured two-and-a-half hours of medical staff trying to access his veins before the state halted the execution.

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Florida governor: Ban gun sales to underage and mentally ill

Gary Fineout, Jennifer Kay and Josh Replogle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:06am

As teachers returned Friday to a high school where a shooter killed 17 people, Florida's governor proposed banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21.

Homeowner gets life sentence for shooting unarmed black man

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:02am

A white homeowner who shot and killed an unarmed black man after reporting "hoodlums" in his neighborhood was sentenced Friday to life in prison after the victim's mother tearfully told the judge she has struggled since her son's death.

From trash to gas: Plant to turn garbage into energy almost complete

Heather Kennison, Times-news  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:01am

As early as May, southern Idaho’s landfill could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes.