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Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:50am

Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night.

Sheriff: Teen fatally beats friend with bat, calls 911

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:14am

A Florida sheriff says a teenage boy has beaten another teenager to death with a baseball bat.

Austin carnage now random; an arrest doesn't appear close

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:44pm

William Grote says the latest attack by a suspected serial bomber that has terrorized Austin for weeks left what appeared to be nails embedded in his grandson's knees.

Prosecutors: Alabama man made plan to kidnap woman, daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:32pm

Prosecutors say an Alabama man who planned to hire someone to kidnap a woman and her 14-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to child sex-trafficking charges.

GOP leaders have yet to move to protect special counsel

Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:48pm

More Republicans are telling President Donald Trump in ever blunter terms to lay off his escalating criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia probe. But party leaders are taking no action to protect Mueller, embracing a familiar strategy with the president — simply waiting out the storm.

Senate intelligence leaders aim to prevent election hacking

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:48pm

With the 2018 primary season already underway, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are launching an effort to protect U.S. elections from a repeat episode of foreign interference.

Numbers reveal breadth of investigation into Texas bombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:46pm

The series of bombings this month in the Texas capital city of Austin has generated a vast response by state and federal law enforcement agencies that are sifting through hundreds of tips to find what Austin police Chief Brian Manley has described as a serial bomber.

Supreme Court takes up challenge by crisis pregnancy centers

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:46pm

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free speech fight over California's attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.

Authorities hunting clues ask Austin bomber to talk to them

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:44pm

In the search for answers to a series of explosions in Texas, authorities have come ahead with a simple plea to whoever's behind the blasts: Talk to us.

South Carolina sheriff: Deputy fatally shoots man with knife

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:13pm

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy has fatally shot a man in South Carolina.

Flags to be lowered for New York Rep. Slaughter's funeral

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

New York's governor has ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday, the day of her funeral.

Utah governor signs bill allowing locks on classroom doors

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

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a measure allowing Utah school districts to install barricade locks on classroom doors.

Jury selection starts for men accused of Kansas bomb plot

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:08pm

A trial begins this week for three members of a militia group accused of conspiring to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somalis in the Kansas town of Garden City.

Florida school shooting survivors set to speak at Harvard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:08pm

Students who survived last month's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead are set to participate in a panel discussion at Harvard about guns.

Missouri man seeks second reprieve from Supreme Court

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:04pm

A Missouri death row inmate whose life was spared by a last-minute stay of execution four years ago is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for another reprieve, claiming the process of killing him could cause blood-filled tumors to burst inside his head.

Man gets life without parole for 1 of 2 SW Michigan slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:50pm

A man accused of killing two people in two counties in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for one of the crimes.

Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:48pm

a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology.

The Latest: Alabama governor: Significant damage in areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:34pm

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The Latest: Austin blast left victims 'bleeding profusely'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:14pm

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Greitens wants criminal trial moved up to April 3

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:38pm

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is expected to ask a judge to move up his criminal trial to start in two weeks, more than a month earlier than scheduled.