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Plan to repeal death penalty in Utah passes first vote

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:10pm

A Republican state lawmaker's plan to repeal the death penalty in deep-red Utah cleared its first test Wednesday, winning approval from a legislative committee as Utah's GOP governor said he's open to signing the ban.

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:09pm

The fate of a convicted Texas killer was in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands Wednesday after the state parole board recommended sparing the prisoner's life at the urging of his father, who survived the attack.

The Latest: Trump meeting with Florida students

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:09pm

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School shooting plot suspect kept journal of plans

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:58pm

A Vermont teenager accused of planning "to shoot up" his former high school wrote in a diary he titled "Journal of an active shooter" that he had "big plans" to kill as many as he could.

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

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:57pm

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, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.

Plea deals offered in stings critics call racially biased

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:56pm

Prosecutors have told a judge they'll offer plea deals to 43 defendants charged in phony stash-house stings that critics say are racially biased.

Judges seek more information on planned Alabama execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:48pm

Federal judges are seeking more information about an upcoming Alabama execution in which the state plans to connect the lethal injection line through the inmate's leg.

Condemned man's lawyer: 'Serious concerns' on execution drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:44pm

The attorney for a man facing execution next month says she has "very serious concerns" about Missouri's lethal injection method following a report claiming the state purchased execution drugs from a troubled compounding pharmacy.

Philadelphia DA drops cash bail for 'low-level' crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:42pm

Philadelphia's top prosecutor says his office will stop asking for cash bail for a number of misdemeanor and non-violent felony crimes.

The Latest: Protesters chant outside House as lawmakers meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

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APNewsBreak: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose his role in a company that he formed, a mysterious outfit that features his top federal staffer in a false testimonial promoting its services, an Associated Press review shows.

Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:38pm

An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor's request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said.

More Democrats want probe into misconduct at Madigan offices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:34pm

A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations, after a second worker in a week was dismissed for misconduct.

Construction begins to replace border wall in California

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:28pm

The federal government began work Wednesday on replacing border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.

Illinois man jailed for decades found not guilty at retrial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:26pm

A suburban Chicago man who spent 22 years behind bars on charges of arson and murder in his mother-in-law's death was found not guilty by a judge Wednesday in the retrial of his case.

The Latest: 17 students rescued after bus gets stuck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:11pm

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The Latest: Defense seeks home detention for ex-judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:08pm

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Crews used boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

Crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping across the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying areas in several states.

Police: Man dies after poisoning self during freeway chase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:58pm

A rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Southern California on Wednesday, authorities said.