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Federal judges reject lawsuit over Pennsylvania district map

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:11pm

A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The Latest: PGA Tour says safety paramount at Austin event

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:10pm

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4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:02pm

Two freight trains collided and derailed shortly before midnight, injuring four people and igniting a fire that forced nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said Monday.

Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers

Darlene Superville and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:02pm

President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.

Shed carried by wind falls on, injures teen in southern Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:58am

Fire officials in the southern Utah city of Washington say a teenage girl has been taken to the hospital after a strong wind gust picked up a storage shed and carried it 50 feet before it fell on a girl and another person.

Students: 1 million expected at anti-gun-violence marches

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:58am

Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot last month expect more than 1 million participants in upcoming marches in Washington and elsewhere calling for gun regulations, students said Monday.

With security measures, urban schools avoid mass shootings

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:54am

Alondra Alvarez lives about five minutes from her high school on Detroit's southwest side but she drives there instead of walking because her mother fears for her safety. Once the 18-year-old enters the building, her surroundings take on a more secure feel almost immediately as she passes through a bank of closely monitored metal detectors.

Judge dismisses Tennessee lawsuit over refugee resettlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:53am

A judge has dismissed the state of Tennessee's lawsuit against the federal government over the refugee resettlement program.

House OKs proclamation asking Idaho to refund ranchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:52am

Idaho's House has approved a proposal calling for the state to reimburse two ranchers for legal costs they incurred fighting the federal government.

Woman pleads no contest in poisoning of son's girlfriend

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:50am

A woman accused of seriously sickening her son's girlfriend by poisoning her with antifreeze has entered a plea agreement that avoids the need for her to go on trial for the second time.

Correction: Kansas-Somalis Targeted story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:43am

In a story March 17 about the upcoming trial over an alleged bomb plot targeting Somali immigrants, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Garden City, Kansas, is south of Liberal, Kansas. It is north of Liberal.

Watchdog blasts Denver sheriff's response to inmate's death

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:42am

The Denver Sheriff's Department mishandled an investigation into the 2015 death of a man restrained by deputies at the jail and must change its disciplinary and investigative process, a law enforcement watchdog agency said in a blistering report Monday that focused new attention on a case that has already resulted in a $4.6 million settlement.

Damaging hail and tornadoes threatened for southeast US

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:26am

More than 29 million people face a threat of severe storms Monday that could bring hail the size of tennis balls, damaging winds and strong tornadoes to the southeastern United States, forecasters said.

Federal judges reject Republican congressmen's lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania district map

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:19am

Federal judges reject Republican congressmen's lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania district map.

The Latest: Storm brings hail to northern Mississippi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:19am

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Professor accused of assaulting disabled man pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:18am

A former Rutgers University professor whose conviction for sexually assaulting a disabled man was overturned has pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual contact.

Austin likely facing 'serial bomber,' police chief says

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:04am

Fear escalated across Texas' capital city on Monday after the fourth bombing this month — a blast that was triggered this time by a tripwire, demonstrating what police called a "higher level of sophistication" than the package bombs used in the previous attacks.

For menopause sex discomfort, gel worked as well as hormone

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:57am

In a study of women with menopause-related sexual discomfort, gels worked as well as prescription hormone tablets at reducing symptoms.

Prosecutors review charges in Salvation Army stabbing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:56am

Prosecutors are reviewing charges against a man held for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota.

Idaho House panel revives health care proposal

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:51am

An Idaho House panel has revived a previously spiked health care proposal designed to provide coverage to low-income Idahoans.