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Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:36pm

Maine is dealing with so many drug overdose deaths that the state medical examiner is asking for money to handle the workload.

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:30pm

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

Police: 3 dead, officer wounded in Louisiana shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

Authorities are retracing the movements of a man suspected of killing two women before he was fatally shot by police. The man died in an exchange of gunfire after wounding an officer and gunning down a police dog, a Louisiana police chief said Thursday.

White veteran charged with murder of black man as hate crime

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:27pm

A white Army veteran accused of randomly killing a black man on the streets of New York by stabbing him with a sword was charged Thursday with murder as a hate crime.

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child

Frank Eltman., Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:21pm

A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday.

California races nature, clock to make key dam repairs

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

California is not just fighting nature as it attempts to repair the damaged main spillway at the nation's tallest dam, pounded last month by surging storm waters. It's also racing the clock.

Wisconsin shooting victims ID'd as cop, bank workers, lawyer

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

Authorities on Thursday identified those killed in a series of northern Wisconsin shootings as two bank workers, a lawyer and a veteran police detective.

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AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.

The Latest: Lawyer: If facts true, white vet has 'issues'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The Latest on the sword killing of a black man in what authorities are calling a racially motivated killing (all times local):

Hundreds of cases may be tainted after officers' indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

The top prosecutor in Baltimore says more than 50 active cases and more than 150 closed and adjudicated cases may be tainted after members of a firearms crime task force were indicted in a racketeering conspiracy.

US group sues ex-Haitian mayor over human rights claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

A U.S. human rights organization filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Massachusetts against the former mayor of a small town in Haiti on behalf of three Haitian citizens who allege he violently persecuted them.

Government: Ferguson making 'meaningful progress' in reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Ferguson, Missouri, is making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and court reforms agreed upon with the U.S. government after Michael Brown's 2014 police shooting death, a Justice Department attorney said during a status hearing on the consent decree.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intercepts that he says swept up communications of the president's transition team.

Report: Doctor not impaired before crash that killed trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Toxicology results indicate a New Jersey doctor was not impaired by alcohol or drugs when he smashed head-on into a state trooper's cruiser, killing both men.

FCC approves measures intended to combat prison cellphones

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates, voting unanimously to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails across the U.S.

Senate confirms Trump's choice for US ambassador to Israel

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post.

Justice Department probes Calif. Republican Rep. Hunter

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign finance violations, an allegation the lawmaker dismisses as inadvertent mistakes.

The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:06pm

The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local):

The Latest: 2 bank workers, lawyer die in Wisconsin attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local):