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Critics question Utah lawmakers' changes to ethics panel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:14pm

Utah lawmakers are overhauling an ethics committee that investigates the state's top elected officials, but critics say the changes may make it harder to file a complaint and easier for elected officials to get away with unethical behavior.


Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Chad Day, Tom Lobianco and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:12pm

A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, saying he will now cooperate in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Trump again criticizes ailing McCain over health care vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of John McCain for the senator's dramatic thumbs-down deciding vote last year against the GOP health care repeal.

Agency leader insists mission statement isn't anti-immigrant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:08pm

The head of the federal agency that grants visas says he has a message for anyone who considers his new mission statement anti-immigrant: "A thousand times no."

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:06pm

Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one.

Grounds of Gateway Arch get a new name

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:04pm

The grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis will now be officially known as The Gateway Arch National Park.

New execution date set for Georgia's 'stocking strangler'

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:00pm

A man known as the "stocking strangler," who was convicted of raping and choking to death three women four decades ago, is set for execution next month in Georgia.

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:59pm

Homeless veterans could get a new home in Idaho, with access to health care and other services, under a proposal from housing agencies and local officials.

St. Louis-area utility worker dies from stray bullet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:58pm

Police say a St. Louis-area utility worker hit by a stray bullet from a shooting a half block away has died.

Trump says son-in-law's clearance is up to Kelly

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:55pm

President Donald Trump says he'll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance.

White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:54pm

The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier.

Protesters want Nevada to enforce gun background check law

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:49pm

A Nevada judge is due to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit seeking enforcement of a voter-approved gun background-check law that has not been enforced since it passed in November 2016.


After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:48pm

Nine days after the Florida school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators announced school safety and gun restriction proposals that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21, but they differed on whether some teachers should carry guns.

Threat from New Mexico panics parents at New Jersey school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:48pm

Authorities say a hoax threat against a school in New Mexico caused hundreds of parents to rush to a New Jersey school known by the same abbreviation.

The Latest: Scalise 'irate' deputy didn't confront shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:42pm

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 - 1:39pm

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.

Parents of teens killed during 'Nerf wars' sue school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:37pm

An eastern Minnesota school district is being sued by the parents of two high school students killed in a 2015 car crash who allege school officials failed to protect the teens from an off-campus game called "Nerf wars."

Official: White House on lockdown after vehicle strikes security barrier

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:33pm

Official: White House on lockdown after vehicle strikes security barrier.

The Latest: Gardner spokeswoman: No 'political games'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:32pm

The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Ex-city commissioner get 4 years, 3 months in bribery case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:30pm

A former Florida city commissioner has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison following a wide-ranging corruption investigation.