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Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:24am

Shelters were open Thursday to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in the Midwest, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in Indiana, Michigan and other states.

Tearful student asks Trump, 'How do we not stop this?'

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:24am

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.

Police: Same person likely behind 2 random Atlanta shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:06am

Police in Atlanta believe an unknown suspect randomly picked targets in separate shootings that injured two drivers, causing one of them to crash.

S. Carolina health agency Twitter account calls Trump 'tool'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02am

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Twitter account posted a profanity-laced message criticizing President Donald Trump in the wake of last week's school shooting that left 17 dead in Florida.

Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:00am

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures at a town hall after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.

The Latest: School security camera delays misled police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:44am

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

Police encounter leaves shooting suspect dead, officer hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:01am

A shooting suspect who wounded an officer while fleeing police in Alabama is dead.

Firefighter charged with lighting children's hands on fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:31am

A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making.

Florida to execute man in 1993 slaying of college student

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:19am

Florida is preparing to execute a man convicted of raping and killing a college student in 1993 so he could steal her car.

Town that banned nonresident drivers drafts friendlier signs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:18am

Officials in a New Jersey town that banned nonresident drivers from using its streets as shortcuts have drafted new traffic signage that they hope will boost local businesses.

Inmate set to be executed: Veins too damaged for injection

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:08am

Alabama is set to execute an inmate who argues his past drug use and cancer have too badly damaged his veins and will make the lethal injection unconstitutionally painful.

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:02am

Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida's state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn't been invited and the lawmakers they were intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they stood their ground.

DC settles lawsuit in fatal police shooting for record $3.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:54am

The District of Columbia has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black motorcyclist who was shot and killed by a Metropolitan Police Department officer during an attempted arrest for reckless driving.

WVU team to study brain implant's ability to treat addiction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:50am

A group of researchers at West Virginia University plans to study how a brain implant could affect opioid cravings for people with substance use disorder.

Promoters cancel gun show near school shooting site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:49am

Organizers of a Florida gun show in the same county where 17 people died in a school shooting last week have canceled next month's event.

Funerals for school shooting victims continue in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:54am

A week after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people, funerals continue.

Kentucky softball team forges ahead with AR-15 rifle raffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:04am

An under-10 girls' softball team is the latest entity to attract attention for a fundraiser raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle.

Former teacher, UGA player gets prison for student sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:43am

A former teacher and University of Georgia football player who admitted to a sexual relationship with a student will serve five years in prison.

Senate to weigh punishment for member accused of misconduct

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:39am

The California Senate is expected to debate punishment for a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct Thursday, including what could be the first expulsion in more than a century.