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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.

Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:34pm

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work.

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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:32pm

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.

Jailed woman accused of bigamy in plot for lighter sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:30pm

Authorities say a married New Hampshire woman who left her children in rooms covered with feces posed as a lawyer to convince another man to marry her in a bid for a lighter sentence.

Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:19pm

An Oregon district attorney announced criminal charges arising from an illegal marijuana growing operation, which sheriff's deputies stumbled across while searching for something else.

Leader of movement to remember Holocaust victims dies at 93

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:16pm

A Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to preserving the memory of the victims of Nazi atrocities has died in New York at age 93.

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:14pm

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker.

The Latest: Florida Senate panel wants officers in schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:12pm

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The Latest: Idaho senator who yelled at students not sorry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:12pm

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The Latest: Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:10pm

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Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:03pm

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.

In wake of school shooting, Florida legislators vote down attempt to revive bill to ban assault rifles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:00pm

In wake of school shooting, Florida legislators vote down attempt to revive bill to ban assault rifles.

Keep guns locked up, teen suicide prevention group urges

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:00pm

A new task force created to try and slow a troubling rise of teen suicides in Utah is recommending that officials ratchet up public messaging to implore gun-owing parents to keep firearms locked up.

Texas parole board recommends killer be spared from death

Will Weissert and Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:58pm

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a rare decision, unanimously recommended Tuesday that the death sentence of convicted killer Thomas "Bart" Whitaker be commuted.

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Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:49pm

An attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.