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California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:44pm

A security officer overheard a student threaten to open fire at his Southern California high school, allowing officials to thwart the plot just days after a deadly shooting in Florida, authorities said Wednesday.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:44pm

Authorities say an off-duty police officer has been fatally shot while intervening in a domestic dispute in suburban Maryland.

Preliminary report: Sightseeing helicopter spun before crash

Paul Davenport, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:42pm

A preliminary report released Wednesday says a sightseeing helicopter made at least two 360-degree turns before crashing in the Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring three other tourists and the pilot.

Endangered Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:41pm

A Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle, the eighth fatal collision involving the endangered species.

Mueller files new charges in Manafort case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:40pm

Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Opioids dangers force police to abandon drug field tests

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:40pm

Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain color, it's supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics.

Police: Man dies after poisoning self during freeway chase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:39pm

Authorities say a rape suspect has died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Southern California.

The Latest: Pence talks about school shooting in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:38pm

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

Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite 'hate group' surge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:31pm

An organization that tracks far-right extremists says the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate.

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Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:28pm

Thousands of chanting students, including survivors of the Florida school shooting, rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding changes to gun laws and threatening to remove Republicans who refuse to address new gun-control measures.

Man pleads guilty to burning down girlfriend's Utah home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:28pm

A man convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in 2008 was also convicted of burning down her northern Utah home about a week before her death.

Construction begins to replace border wall in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:19pm

The federal government has started work on a border wall in California to replace a decaying decades-old barrier.

The Latest: Teen held in school threat; brother faces counts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:19pm

The latest on what authorities say is a thwarted shooting plot by a California student.

Stowaway pleads not guilty after Chicago to London flight

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:19pm

An Illinois woman with a history of sneaking onto planes pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony theft, burglary and other charges for allegedly thwarting security at a Chicago airport and flying to London before anyone realized she didn't have a ticket.

Mayor denies campaign cash shakedown during corruption trial

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:19pm

The Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he sold his office to campaign donors, telling a jury that while he asked business executives for political money, he didn't promise them city contracts in return.

Plan to repeal death penalty in Utah passes first vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:11pm

A Republican state lawmaker's plan to repeal the death penalty in deep-red Utah has cleared its first test.

Lawyer: Melania Trump's parents are permanent US residents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:02pm

A lawyer representing first lady Melania Trump's parents says they're living legally in the U.S.

Police corruption trial over, but investigators keep digging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:56am

A trial exposing a wildly corrupt Baltimore police unit may have concluded in a courtroom, but federal and police investigators are still digging into possible offshoots of the case.

Harassment training for Utah lobbyists clears committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:55am

A legislative panel has advanced a bill that would require all Utah lobbyists to undergo annual anti-harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby at the state Capitol.

The Latest: Trump administration cautioned on bump stock ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:52am

The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local):