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County to pay $4.5M to settle murder conviction lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:27am

Three men released from prison after their murder convictions were overturned in the county that includes Cleveland are expected to receive $1.5 million each to settle the county's portion of lawsuit that named two assistant prosecutors as defendants.

The Latest: EF2 tornado confirmed in Middle Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

The Latest on severe weather that moved through parts of the US (all times local):

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump.

Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sexual misconduct cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff.

Q&A: What the battle of memos on FBI surveillance showed

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:02am

In the battle of the classified memos in the House Intelligence Committee, both sides have now had their say on whether the FBI and Justice Department acted inappropriately as they began investigating President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Utah woman, 99, says she calmed man who held her hostage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:49am

A 99-year-old Utah woman who was held hostage for several hours says she helped calm the suspect during a tense standoff with police.

Work aims to keep pollution out of Idaho, Washington water

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:43am

Motorists traveling through northern Idaho's Silver Valley will see the signs of a $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the Coeur d'Alene River's South Fork.

White nationalist's college tour mired in litigation

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:40am

White nationalist Richard Spencer plans to speak next week at Michigan State University, but the rest of his campus tour has bogged down for now in lawsuits or lack of agreement on timing because of safety concerns.

White House will see if North Korea is serious about talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:38am

The White House says it will see whether North Korea's interest in opening talks with the U.S. marks the first step toward removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.

Prominent liberal state senator ends congressional bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:24am

A Pennsylvania state senator who was the subject of allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides has announced he is ending his stalled congressional bid.

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter hopes to be Burlington mayor

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:03am

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is hoping the city that launched her stepfather's political career nearly 40 years ago will show her the same love in her run for mayor.

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:35am

Severe thunderstorms spawned a tornado that flattened homes in Tennessee and triggered widespread flooding, leaving at least three people dead in Kentucky and Arkansas.

Man linked to art heist faces sentencing in weapons case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:13am

A reputed mobster who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history is facing sentencing in an unrelated weapons case.

Billy Graham played complicated role in US race relations

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:57am

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South.

Redistricting emerges as key ballot, legislative priority

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:53am

Responding to complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a significant number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions.

Texas dragging death killer loses federal court appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:52am

A prisoner on Texas death row for the dragging death of a man nearly two decades ago in East Texas has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step close to execution for the hate crime.

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Mary Clare Jalonick and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:31am

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia.

A fertility doctor's secret, a special kinship decades later

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:55am

Matt White remembers that day in September 2016 when a mystery began to unravel that would change his life.

Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:53am

As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol's checkpoint a half-hour drive's north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection.

Ohio moves to add Wright flyer to state seal amid dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:35am

Ohio is staking another public claim to the Wright brothers' legacy amid a dispute with Connecticut over an aviator that state says flew first.