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Wisconsin GOP outmaneuvers Democrats, controls gun bill

Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:15pm

Wisconsin Democrats tried to pressure Republicans into passing universal background checks for gun buyers Tuesday but the strategy backfired after GOP leaders outmaneuvered them, seized control of the legislation and rewrote it to fund armed guards in schools.

Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

Brendan Farrington, Josh Replogle and Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:06pm

Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack.

Parents of fraternity pledge file civil suit over his death

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:59pm

The parents of a Florida State University fraternity pledge who died of alcohol poisoning after a party have filed a civil suit against those who have a connection in their son's death.

Neurologist charged with raping New York City woman

Colleen Long and Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:56pm

A neurologist who had pleaded guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic was arrested on Tuesday on charges he repeatedly raped a patient in New York City.

ACLU: Don't rush to expel lawmaker accused of sex extortion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:50pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Rhode Island lawmakers to proceed with caution as they weigh expelling a state senator accused of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program.

US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:48pm

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday.

Week of reckoning on White House aides' access to secrets

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:46pm

It's a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year.

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:32pm

A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday.

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:32pm

As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

The Latest: Media seeking open court proceedings in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:28pm

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

Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting

Jamie Crawford, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:28pm

The U.S. Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Man dies after police chase, struggle with officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:16pm

Mississippi authorities say a man has died in custody after a chase that ended with his car in a ditch and the man struggling with an officer.

New Mexico school shooter had swastika marking on his leg

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:14pm

A gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting had no drugs or alcohol in his system the day of the December rampage and an autopsy revealed a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, bruised knuckles and faint ink markings on his leg that included a swastika symbol.

District attorney in Baby Doe case not seeking re-election

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:08pm

A longtime Boston prosecutor who handled cases involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and a murdered girl who washed ashore in a trash bag and came to be known as Baby Doe says he's not running for re-election.

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:58pm

Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday.

Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:58pm

An Oregon sheriff and district attorney blasted efforts to regulate legalized marijuana, saying Tuesday the state is allowing black market operations to proliferate.

Ex-Milwaukee officer sentenced to 3 years for sex crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:50pm

A former Milwaukee police officer who was acquitted last year in a fatal shooting that sparked two nights of riots will serve three years in prison for unrelated sex crimes.

Coast Guard special agent relieved of duty after rape arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:45pm

The man in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard's internal investigations in the Northwest has been at least temporarily relieved of duty after being arrested for investigation of rape.

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:45pm

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker.

Texas parole board recommends killer be spared from death

Will Weissert and Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:36pm

The Texas parole board on Tuesday made a rare recommendation to commute a death sentence, unanimously endorsing a "lesser penalty" for a man set to be executed this week for masterminding the killings of his mother and brother.