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Vigil held after officer charged in Australia woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:32pm

Neighbors, friends and activists held a vigil for an Australian woman after a Minneapolis police officer was charged in her death.

Elk from extreme southwestern Montana exposed to brucellosis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:32pm

State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in the Tendoy Mountains in southwestern Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis.

Hawaii lawmaker is latest to resign after misconduct probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:30pm

A former speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives will resign by next week to resolve sexual harassment allegations brought by several women, the latest case of an elected official being forced from office over misconduct in recent months.

Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:28pm

A strong Pacific storm dropped heavy rain Wednesday on a swath of coastal California, where thousands of people have been evacuated because of the threat of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.

Alabama senator says Congress must act on gun violence

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:27pm

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says Congress must address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

Officials identify gunman killed in Princeton standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:22pm

Authorities identified the man killed by police after an armed standoff at a restaurant near Princeton University.

Bill easing driving without privileges heads to governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:21pm

A proposal reducing the penalties for driving with an expired license is on its way to the Idaho governor's desk for consideration.


Mor'easter? Northeast hit with its fourth storm in 3 weeks

Ted Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

Spring kicked off with a wallop of wintry weather along the East Coast as the fourth nor'easter in three weeks rolled in with the potential for a foot or more of snow Wednesday.

The Latest: Justin Timberlake show postponed due to weather

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

The Latest on a spring nor'easter hitting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast (all times local):

What's in a name: Gender-neutral baby names are on the rise

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:12pm

Whether Royal, Charlie or Salem, Skyler, Justice or Oakley, unisex names for babies are on the rise among parents more willing than ever to embrace the possibility of gender fluidity in their children and attempt to head off sexism on their behalf.

Police: 2 shoplifters unintentionally turn themselves in

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

Delaware state troopers say they arrested two shoplifting suspects the easy way: The pair inadvertently turned themselves in at a police station.


Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:10pm

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

Idaho investigates claims that teacher fed puppy to turtle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:10pm

The Idaho attorney general's office says it's investigating an alleged animal cruelty case amid claims that a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students after school.

Iowa State's marijuana shirt ban case costs school $1 mln

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

Iowa State University's unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group's T-shirts will cost state taxpayers nearly $1 million in damages and legal fees.

Senators press Trump officials on safeguarding 2018 ballots

Mary Clare Jalonick, Christina A. Cassidy and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:58am

With the 2018 elections already underway, senators chided the current and former secretaries of Homeland Security on Wednesday for not more strongly warning the American public about past Russian intrusions in state election systems and for a lack of urgency to protect balloting this year.

Hillary Clinton, Pelosi to speak at Rep. Slaughter's funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:57am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Mississippi Walmart ousts 3 men with rifle, handgun, machete

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:54am

The states of Georgia and Mississippi have open-carry laws, meaning licensed gun owners can go around in public displaying their weapons. But businesses still have the right to prohibit weapons on their property.

Sacramento police shot 20 times at unarmed man in his yard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:51am

Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.

Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:38am

In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights.

Male birth control pill one step closer to reality, researchers say

Mark Lieber, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:31am

For decades, birth control pills have exclusively been used by women. But a male birth control pill that is both safe and effective may be on the horizon, according to a new study.