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Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

Frank Bajak Of The Associated Press and Lise Olsen Of The Houston Chronicle  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:18pm

A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property.

The Latest: Defense attorneys say bomb plot wasn't serious

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:14pm

The Latest on the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a Kansas mosque and apartment complex (all times local):

Lawyer: $500K bond excessive for shooting suspect's brother

Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:04pm

An attorney for the brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said in court papers Thursday that a $500,000 bond for trespassing at the school is excessive and that the brother should be released from jail.


Fed up with Facebook? Here's how to break it off

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:03pm

Fed up with Facebook? You're not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.

Hotel video shows Vegas gunman 'normal' before mass shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:00pm

Hotel surveillance video from the days before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history shows the gunman as an unremarkable Las Vegas hotel guest and casino patron.

Forecasters warn of mudslide dangers in California

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:58pm

A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, flooding streets and threatening to unleash mud and debris flows into communities near areas burned bare by wildfires.

The Latest: Mom has court appearance in baby smoking case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:58pm

The Latest on the case of a mother accused of letting her infant daughter smoke marijuana (all times local):

Rep. Cramer's son dies at Minnesota hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:49pm

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer's son has died at a Minnesota hospital after suffering from failing liver and kidneys.

FBI investigating cyberattack on city of Atlanta network

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:38pm

The FBI is investigating a cyberattack on the city of Atlanta's computer network.


Legal shake-up in Trump team may suggest shift in strategy

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:38pm

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation resigned Thursday, shaking up the legal team just as Trump intensifies attacks on an inquiry he calls nothing more than a witch hunt.

Trump: Take my advice, don't run for president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:36pm

President Donald Trump has a little advice for entrepreneurs of the future: Don't run for president.

The Latest: Shooting suspect's brother says $500K bond high

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:32pm

The Latest on the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida (all times local):

Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:32pm

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly.

Massachusetts dog abuse case now in hands of jury

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:28pm

The case of a Massachusetts man charged with abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized is in the hands of the jury.

Fired Tillerson says farewell to 'a very mean-spirited town'

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:16pm

He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity.

Algae leads to 'impaired' designation for western Lake Erie

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:15pm

Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said Thursday.

Helmsley trust gives $1.8M for Custer State Park fire rehab

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:14pm

A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley is contributing $1.8 million to help rehabilitate Custer State Park after a historic wildfire, South Dakota officials said Thursday.

Porn actress' lawyer demands Trump business retain documents

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:12pm

A lawyer for a porn actress who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump demanded Thursday that the Trump Organization preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 she was paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement.

Septuagenarian smackdown? Trump, Biden trade fighting words

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:10pm

Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the Hell Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit.

Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:08pm

A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds has forced some Oklahoma residents to flee their homes and has closed part of a freeway.