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Alabama senator says Congress must act on gun violence

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:12pm

Congress must act to address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said Wednesday in his maiden speech to the Senate.

Sacramento police shot 20 times at unarmed man in his yard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:09pm

Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.


With police near, suspected Austin bomber blows himself up

Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:06pm

As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.

Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:05pm

A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years.

Confederate monument removed from Oklahoma elementary school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:53pm

A public school district in Oklahoma has removed a monument at an elementary school that was dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Houston to consider new floodplains rules after Harvey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:48pm

More than 80 percent of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Houston's floodplains could've been spared if they were at the higher elevation now being proposed by the mayor, according to a new report.


Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:44pm

The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing.

The Latest: Constitution panel rejects gun control proposals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:42pm

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

Herbert OKs law to allow terminally ill to use marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:42pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill allowing terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana.

Michigan brothers in same jail, charged in separate slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

Two Michigan brothers are in the same Detroit-area jail — one charged in the slaying of his wife and the other his pregnant girlfriend.

Boy wounded in Maryland high school shooting out of hospital

Matthew Barakat and Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:28pm

A teenage boy wounded in the latest school shooting was released Wednesday from a hospital, while a 16-year-old classmate was still fighting for her life in critical condition.

Murder case dropped against man imprisoned for 22 years

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:26pm

Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against a New York man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing before new witnesses came forward and his conviction was overturned.

The Latest: Bail cut to $400K for ex-officer in shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:22pm

The Latest on the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman (all times local):

The Latest: Trump defends call congratulating Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:22pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's call to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory (all times local):

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:14pm

A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.

Guinea worm disease transmission stopped in South Sudan

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:14pm

South Sudan has gone 15 months without a single reported case of Guinea worm disease, the nation's health minister said Wednesday, suggesting a major victory for global health officials trying to eliminate the painful affliction.

Experts: Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:09pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has claimed to be the victim of a political witch hunt since the day a St. Louis grand jury accused him of taking a compromising photo of a woman during a sexual affair.

N. Idaho man pleads guilty to 'lie and buy' gun crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:02pm

A 23-year-old northern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to lying to buy a gun for his own use, but that instead was for someone else.

Missing iPhone leads Idaho Falls police to marijuana bust

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:53pm

Idaho Falls police have charged two people with a felony drug charge after a missing iPhone led police to discover marijuana in a home.

Fake Facebook post prompts fear, complaints in Georgia town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:51pm

A fake Facebook post is spreading fears that venomous snakes are lurking in the sewers of a Georgia town, and the city attorney has expressed concerns to the social media network that it's creating confusion and panic.