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Prosecutor: Woman sought hit man over relative's $40k policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:23pm

A federal prosecutor says a 32-year-old Mississippi woman has admitted trying to hire a hit man to kill her half-brother so she could collect $40,000 in life insurance.

7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:16pm

An Ohio seventh-grader who brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a restroom just before classes began on Tuesday also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, police said.

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:14pm

A storm system that's brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains was being blamed for fatal crashes in three states, including an accident that left four dead in Nebraska.

Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:14pm

Southern California authorities took steps Tuesday toward shutting down a large homeless encampment and relocating hundreds of tent-dwellers to motel rooms under a court-supervised deal with lawyers who sued to protect their rights.

Jury acquits Minneapolis officer who shot at car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:13pm

A jury on Tuesday acquitted a Minneapolis police officer who shot at a car full of club-goers nearly two years ago.

The Latest: West Point posthumously admits shooting victim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:12pm

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Leader of movement to remember Holocaust victims dies at 93

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:12pm

Holocaust survivor Sam Bloch, who dedicated his life to preserving the memory of the victims of Nazi atrocities, has died at age 93.

The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:12pm

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

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:04pm

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.

Yellowstone begins capturing bison to reduce population

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:52pm

At least 96 bison attempting to migrate from Yellowstone National Park into Montana have been captured for potential slaughter under a program meant to shield livestock from disease.

Autopsy details fatal wound of New Mexico school shooter

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:48pm

A gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting last year had no drugs or alcohol in his system the day of the 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.

Advocacy group sues Justice for prison policy files

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:47pm

A Washington-based advocacy group sued the Justice Department Tuesday for failing to turn over records that the group contends could shed light on the Trump administration's dealings with private prison companies as it forms new policies on incarceration.

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President Trump directs Justice Department to ban certain gun modifications

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:44pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

12-year-old girl arrested after Indiana school threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:43pm

Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has been arrested after making online threats toward students and staff at a school in rural western Indiana.

Report says plan to address ballistic missile threat wasn't fully developed before Hawaii began alert drills

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:42pm

Report says plan to address ballistic missile threat wasn't fully developed before Hawaii began alert drills.

Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:42pm

Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in line or get out.

All charges dropped in case of toppled Confederate monument

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:40pm

North Carolina prosecutors say they're dropping all charges against the remaining five people who had been accused of toppling a Confederate statue last summer.

The Latest: California winter now third driest on record

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:39pm

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Trump awards Medal of Valor to public safety officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:36pm

President Donald Trump is recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers, including individuals who responded after a married couple shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, more than two years ago.