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Court rulings boost Democrats' chances of retaking Congress

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:53pm

Boosting Democrats' chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall's midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected Republican challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state's high court.

Democratic activist charged with assaulting Zinke staffer

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:52pm

An operative for a political committee that supports Democrats has been charged with assault following a confrontation with a staffer for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outside a congressional hearing.


Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:49pm

The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took an even more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire.

Man gets life without parole for 1 of 2 SW Michigan slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:48pm

A man accused of killing two people in two counties in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for one of the crimes.

Idaho lawmakers discuss false claims on ballot initiatives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:41pm

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced a proposal making it illegal to knowingly lie while collecting signatures for state ballot initiatives.

The Latest: NAACP calls Austin bombings act of terrorism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:40pm

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The Latest: Mississippi governor lauds abortion restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:38pm

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Charles Manson's remains cremated following court battle

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:13pm

Charles Manson's cremated remains have been scattered nearly four months after the cult leader died in prison. A funeral was held Saturday following a court battle for the 83-year-old's remains.


Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Felicia Fonseca and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:12pm

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the U.S. and Canada.

The Latest: Tornado watch issued for parts of Southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:10pm

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Lawyer who alleged 'plot' to frame Trump joins legal team

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:09pm

A lawyer who has suggested that FBI officials were part of a "brazen plot" to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump has been added to the president's legal team.

Battered east braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:07pm

A pair of back-to-back nor'easters is revving up to hit the East Coast on the official start of spring, when they'll merge into the fourth storm to slam the region in a month.

Idaho lawmakers OK adult scholarship bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:06pm

A proposal that would funnel a portion of Idaho's scholarship fund to help adults finish their undergraduate degrees is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

Mississippi imposes 15-week abortion ban; nation's toughest

Jeff Amy and Sarah Mearhoff, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:06pm

Mississippi's governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks' gestations, the tightest restrictions in the nation.

Man who fled to Mexico with teen soon headed to Pennsylvania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:03pm

A man who frequently checked a teenager out of school without her parents' knowledge and fled to Mexico with her will soon be in the custody of Pennsylvania authorities.

Woman charged with helping 6 who illegally crossed into US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:00pm

A North Carolina woman rented an SUV and picked up six Mexican citizens who illegally crossed into the United States at a remote border crossing in Vermont near the Canadian border, federal prosecutors said.

Central Indiana woman gets 120 years for killing 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:58pm

A judge has sentenced a central Indiana woman to 120 years in prison for fatally stabbing her young children hours after her husband filed for divorce.

Trump wants more traffickers put to death. Can he do that?

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:56pm

A wide-ranging White House plan to combat America's opioid crisis contains a striking element: It calls on the Justice Department to seek the death penalty for some drug traffickers. Opponents call that a return to failed drug-war tactics, and some legal experts question its constitutionality and effectiveness.

The Latest: Norfolk Southern clearing derailed freight cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:54pm

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Mississippi imposing nation's toughest 15-week abortion ban

Jeff Amy and Sarah Mearhoff, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:47pm

Mississippi's governor has signed the nation's tightest abortion restrictions into law.