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Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:06pm

As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student.

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

Jim Salter, David A. Lieb and Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:06pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, alleging the Republican took a compromising photo of a woman during an extramarital affair.

Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:44pm

Shelters were open to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in the Midwest.

Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

Gary Fineout, Jennifer Kay and Josh Replogle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:34pm

The Florida high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter.

Officer convicted at terrorism trial faces decades in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:32pm

A former transit-agency police officer convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State could face decades in prison at his sentencing hearing.

The Latest: Ban proposed on young buying assault rifles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:22pm

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Activist Lewis honored decades after civil rights arrest

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:16pm

The first time John Lewis traveled to Mississippi in 1961, he was arrested and jailed with other Freedom Riders, black and white, who challenged segregation in a bus station.

The Latest: No answer at home of school's ex-armed officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:52pm

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Supreme Court won't stop Alabama execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:44pm

Alabama prepared to execute an inmate Thursday evening for the 1987 killing of a motel clerk after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-minute bid to halt the execution because of his health problems.

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:34pm

The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.

Kansas lawmakers cancel debate on NRA-backed gun safety bill

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:15pm

Kansas legislators canceled debate Thursday on allowing elementary schools to offer a National Rifle Association-backed firearms safety course, responding to concerns such a step would be inappropriate the week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Supreme Court lets Alabama execution proceed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:08pm

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Grand Canyon helicopter crash victim dies, 3 still critical

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:05pm

A British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, according to Nevada authorities.

Immigration agency rewrites mission statement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:03pm

The agency that oversees legal immigration no longer describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants" in its mission statement.

Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:00pm

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:56pm

Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety.

West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:30pm

West Virginia public school teachers launched a statewide walkout Thursday that canceled classes in all 55 counties, protesting over pay hikes signed by the governor hours earlier that the teachers say don't go far enough.

The Latest: Official: Inmate scream not from execution drugs

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:28pm

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Idaho man charged in boating deaths of 2 Utahns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:01pm

Prosecutors have charged an eastern Idaho man with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a boating accident last year that left two Utah residents dead.

Affidavit: Nude photo taken with ex-bodyguard's work phone

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:59pm

State investigators have found a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman that they believe were taken with the work cellphone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former lead bodyguard, with whom she has admitted having an extramarital affair, according to court documents filed Thursday.