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Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

Chad Day, Tom Lobianco and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign is to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Bill would give teens fleeing polygamous groups more rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:24pm

Teenagers fleeing polygamous communities would get more legal protection from parents who could expose them to sexual abuse under a proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers.

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After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:22pm

Less than two weeks after the Florida school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators announced school safety and gun restriction proposals Friday that would ban sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21 but they differed on whether some teachers should carry weapons in school.

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:20pm

Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one.

After shooting, return to school brings teachers to tears

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:18pm

In the right-hand drawer of a desk at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a file that teacher Ernest Rospierski desperately wants back.

The Latest: Rick Gates arrives at federal courthouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:08pm

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Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

President Donald Trump told conservatives that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers Friday while avoiding mention of other elements of his approach opposed by the National Rifle Association.

The Latest: Greitens lawyer says prosecutor declined meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04pm

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Houston mayor: Recovery from Harvey not fast enough

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:03pm

Houston's mayor says that six months after Hurricane Harvey's devastating and deadly flooding, recovery efforts in the United States' fourth-largest city aren't happening fast enough.

The Latest: Legislators' plan would allow armed teachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:00pm

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Officer shoots suspect during altercation at Virginia hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:59am

A man has been shot by an officer working with a U.S. Marshals Service task force after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with the officer at a Virginia hotel.

White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:52am

The White House has announced a Baltic summit in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Court leaves black judge on case against white officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:48am

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man.

California couple charged with torture of kids due in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:42am

A California couple charged with torturing their children by starving, beating and shackling them is due in court on Friday.

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

Jim Salter and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:32am

A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's indictment on an invasion of privacy charge related to an extramarital affair.

The Latest: Lawyer: Siblings in shackling case make progress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

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Wisconsin dairy says owner among Indiana plane crash victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:31am

A Wisconsin dairy owner and his son-in-law were among at least three people killed when a small plane crashed into a central Indiana farm field, the business said Friday.

Schools physically restrained students 9,000 times last year

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:30am

Public school officials in Massachusetts say they had to physically restrain students more than 9,000 times last school year, sparking outcry from some advocates who say the practice is dangerous and overused.

Federal judges to hear Pennsylvania district map challenge

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:29am

A request by eight GOP congressmen in Pennsylvania to halt the use of a new congressional district map in this year's elections was placed in the hands of three Republican-appointed federal judges Friday.

Fire damages or destroys over 25 school buses; no classes

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:28am

A fire tore through a school bus garage early Friday, destroying or damaging more than two dozen buses as tires exploded off their rims, forcing firefighters to back away, fire officials said. Classes in the district were cancelled.