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Heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in Utah, study says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:36pm

Heroin overdose deaths have soared in Utah, more than tripling since 2007 as the U.S. struggles with an opioid epidemic, according to a new report.

Landslide destroys Pittsburgh house, knocks out power nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:24pm

A landslide in a Pittsburgh neighborhood has destroyed a house, forced the closure of a road and knocked out electricity to adjacent neighborhoods.

Missing California hiker found after 6 days in Yosemite park

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:12pm

A well-prepared California hiker missing for six days in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park has been found.

67.5% of Utah students taking AP tests earn college credit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:05pm

Recent data show nearly seven out of every 10 Utah high school students who take advanced placement (or AP) tests earn college credit, the fifth-highest percentage in the United States.

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:46pm

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.

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

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:12pm

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

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:54pm

The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia.

County to pay $4.5M to settle murder conviction lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:43pm

Three Ohio men who spent two decades behind bars because police and prosecutors allegedly hid statements and evidence that could have cleared them in a 1995 slaying are expected to receive $1.5 million each to settle the county's liability in federal lawsuits naming two former assistant prosecutors as defendants.

The Latest: Deadly tornado confirmed in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:28pm

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

Critics target partisan gerrymandering with state reforms

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:28pm

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.

Second weekend for 'Black Panther' is one of the best ever

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:16pm

"Black Panther" scored one of the best second weekends ever with an estimated $108 million in ticket sales, putting it on track to rank among the highest-grossing blockbusters ever.

White House will see if North Korea is serious about talks

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:05pm

The White House said Sunday it would take a wait-and-see approach to a new overture by North Korea for talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy after months of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and threats of war from both sides.

Border Patrol's checkpoints overlooked in debate over wall

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:45am

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.

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Tammy Webber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:30am

Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men.

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.