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Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:56pm

A strong Pacific storm dropped heavy rain Wednesday on a swath of California where thousands of people have been evacuated because of the threat of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.

The Latest: Trump defends call congratulating Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:56pm

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


Northeast gets clobbered with fourth snowstorm in 3 weeks

Ted Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:52pm

Spring kicked off with a wallop of wintry weather along the East Coast as the fourth nor'easter in three weeks dumped more than a foot of snow in some places Wednesday.

Arkansas death row inmate asks court to wait for 1 more plea

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:49pm

An Arkansas death row inmate out of appeals at the state level wants another chance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

3 men who eluded immigration raid in California now arrested

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:44pm

Three Mexican men who avoided capture during a U.S. immigration operation that a Northern California mayor warned the public about last month have since been arrested on suspicion of other crimes, including robbery, weapons violations and domestic violence, federal officials said.

Police cite man who accidentally shot finger while asleep

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:43pm

Police say a 30-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, man accidentally shot his pinky finger after falling asleep holding his new handgun.

The Latest: Constitution panel rejects gun control proposals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:34pm

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

Hawaii lawmaker is latest to resign after misconduct probe

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:32pm

A former speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives will resign by next week to resolve sexual harassment allegations brought by several women, the latest case of an elected official being forced from office over misconduct.

Charlottesville protest organizer's perjury charge dismissed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:28pm

A court has dismissed a perjury charge against the chief organizer of a deadly white nationalist rally.

The Latest: Police: Student stabs, critically wounds teacher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:17pm

The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a man suspected of stabbing three people (all times local):

Family questions police killing of man in grandparents' yard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:14pm

A black man who Sacramento police say was seen breaking into at least three vehicles and later into a neighbor's home was killed by officers who fired 20 shots, igniting questions by relatives, activists and others after it turned out he was holding only a cellphone.


Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:08pm

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.

Timeline of Australian Justine Damond's shooting by cop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:06pm

A timeline of the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman, by a Minneapolis police officer, and ensuing events:

Police: Maryland school shooter used his father's handgun

Matthew Barakat and Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:58pm

A teenager used his father's legally-owned handgun in an attack inside his high school in Maryland, police said Wednesday.

Fake snake post on Facebook prompts fear in Georgia town

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:57pm

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.

Experts: Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:46pm

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.

Man arrested in string of robberies, sex assaults in Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:38pm

Police have arrested a suspect after at least two clerks were sexually assaulted during a string of convenience store robberies in northwestern Iowa.

Man who killed college student sentenced to life, no parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:34pm

A registered sex offender convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an Ohio State University student has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Latest: Rods were being adjusted when bridge fell

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:28pm

The Latest on the bridge collapse in Florida (all times local):

Review adds pressure to Weinstein investigation

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:28pm

New York's governor put unusual — and potentially problematic — pressure on Manhattan's district attorney to bring a criminal case against Harvey Weinstein this week when he ordered the state's attorney general to investigate the prosecutor's handling of an earlier sex abuse probe involving the film producer, legal experts said.