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The Latest: Rick Gates arrives at federal courthouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:08pm

The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local):

Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

President Donald Trump told conservatives that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers Friday while avoiding mention of other elements of his approach opposed by the National Rifle Association.

The Latest: Greitens lawyer says prosecutor declined meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

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

Houston mayor: Recovery from Harvey not fast enough

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:03pm

Houston's mayor says that six months after Hurricane Harvey's devastating and deadly flooding, recovery efforts in the United States' fourth-largest city aren't happening fast enough.

The Latest: Legislators' plan would allow armed teachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:00pm

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

Officer shoots suspect during altercation at Virginia hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:59am

A man has been shot by an officer working with a U.S. Marshals Service task force after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with the officer at a Virginia hotel.

Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

Jeff Horwitz, Tom Lobianco and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:52am

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign is to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:52am

The White House has announced a Baltic summit in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Court leaves black judge on case against white officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:48am

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man.

California couple charged with torture of kids due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court on Friday.

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

Jim Salter and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:32am

A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's indictment on an invasion of privacy charge related to an extramarital affair.

The Latest: Lawyer: Siblings in shackling case make progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

The Latest in the case of a California couple accused of starving and shackling their children (all times local):

Wisconsin dairy says owner among Indiana plane crash victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

A Wisconsin dairy owner and his son-in-law were among at least three people killed when a small plane crashed into a central Indiana farm field, the business said Friday.

Schools physically restrained students 9,000 times last year

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:30am

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.

Federal judges to hear Pennsylvania district map challenge

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:29am

A request by eight GOP congressmen in Pennsylvania to halt the use of a new congressional district map in this year's elections was placed in the hands of three Republican-appointed federal judges Friday.

Fire damages or destroys over 25 school buses; no classes

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:28am

A fire tore through a school bus garage early Friday, destroying or damaging more than two dozen buses as tires exploded off their rims, forcing firefighters to back away, fire officials said. Classes in the district were cancelled.

Utah teacher agrees with Trump: Arming teachers is 'more of a solution'

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:27am

Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is “more of a solution” than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks “the instincts” of a law enforcement officer and can’t easily see herself carrying a gun in class.

The Latest: Trump upbeat on meeting with Australian PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:24am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the Australian prime minister (all times local):

Interior boss alters overhaul; governors' group 'gratified'

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:22am

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.