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Florida high school requiring clear backpacks after shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:01am

When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return from spring break, they'll be required by the local school district to use clear backpacks and wear identification badges at all times.

Ex-Miss Kentucky gets probation for bringing pot into prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:59am

A former Miss Kentucky who tried to smuggle a small amount of marijuana into an Ohio prison for her boyfriend won't have to spend time behind bars.

Ex-Minneapolis officer charged in woman's death posts bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:56am

A former Minneapolis police officer facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman has been released from jail.

Students plan abortion protest after debate on walkout

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:52am

Students at a California high school are organizing a pro-abortion rights protest that was inspired by the recent nationwide student walkout for gun control.

Miccosukee tribe seizes non-native dad's newborn in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:51am

A major clash between the authority of a sovereign Indian nation and non-native officials is shaping up in Florida, where a baby just born in a Miami hospital was taken from her parents, a Miccosukee mother and a white father.

Trump: 'Crazy' Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50am

President Donald Trump lashed out at Joe Biden for wanting "beat the hell out of him," saying Thursday that the former vice president "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

Nor'easter rolls into New England as millions begin cleanup

Ted Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:16am

The latest nor'easter lost some punch as it rolled into New England on Thursday, as millions of others in the Northeast dug out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers and had many wishing for more spring-like weather.

Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:48am

Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife.

Forecasters: Worst still to come from California storm

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:26am

Although the first wave of a worrisome Pacific storm hasn't caused any major problems in California, forecasters say the worst is still to come, leaving authorities and disaster-weary residents on edge.

Police release videos of fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Don Thompson and Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:20am

Two officers yelled for a suspect to show his hands then shouted "gun, gun, gun" moments before fatally shooting the man who turned out to be unarmed, audio from body camera footage released by Sacramento police shows.

Shootout wounds 1 officer, 5 others in San Francisco

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:09pm

A shootout that sent schoolchildren and pedestrians running for cover in San Francisco wounded one officer, the suspected gunman and four others, including a minor, police said.

How police finally found the Austin bomber

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:04pm

The suspected Austin bomber is dead after terrorizing Texas' capital city for three weeks. And in the end the manhunt wasn't cracked by hundreds of phoned-in tips, the big pot of reward money or police pleading to the bomber through TV.

Storm drops record-breaking rain in parts of California

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:37pm

A strong Pacific storm dropped record-breaking rain Wednesday on a swath of California evacuated by thousands of people over threats of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.

White House issues threat over leaked Trump briefing papers

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:14pm

The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew 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.

With police near, suspected Austin bomber blows himself up

Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:08pm

As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.

Closing arguments set in Massachusetts dog abuse trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:04pm

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized.

Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes for 'major breach of trust'

Barbara Ortutay, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:54pm

Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a "major breach of trust," admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Curtis defends his actions regarding former police chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:43pm

Utah Republican congressman John Curtis is again defending his actions as Provo mayor over the hiring and handling of harassment complaints against a former police chief.

Kentucky teachers try to keep heat on state lawmakers

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:26pm

Kentucky teachers turned out in droves on a snowy day to keep the political heat on the Republican-led legislature — warning they'll remember what happens to their retirement benefits come Election Day — and state lawmakers say they heard them.

Troopers to patrol at Florida school where massacre happened

Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:19pm

Already heightened security will be bolstered Thursday at the Florida high school where last month's massacre occurred as Gov. Rick Scott ordered eight highway patrol troopers to assist with securing the grounds. That step came after the suspect's brother was arrested there, two students were caught carrying knives and another made online threats.