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Latest: Officer praised in previous encounter with armed man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:10pm

The Latest on Tuesday's school shooting in Maryland (all times local):

Rare $1,000 bill expected to fetch $1M at Baltimore auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:10pm

A rare $1,000 bill from 1863 is expected to sell for about $1 million at an auction in Baltimore.

Schwarzenegger, Kasich urge GOP to move center in Trump era

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:09pm

Two of the nation's prominent Republicans on Wednesday envisioned a future for the GOP far removed from President Donald Trump's Twitter blasts, where inclusiveness, a kinder tone and a willingness to work with Democrats on immigration and climate change shape the agenda.


Northeast gets clobbered with fourth snowstorm in 3 weeks

Ted Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:08pm

Spring kicked off with a wallop of wintry weather along the East Coast as the fourth nor'easter in three weeks rolled in with the potential for a foot of snow Wednesday.

Man pleads guilty to wife's 2014 disappearance, slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:05pm

An Alabama man who led police to his wife's remains two years after she went missing has pleaded guilty in her shooting death.

Review adds pressure to Weinstein investigation

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:02pm

New York's governor put unusual — and potentially problematic — pressure on Manhattan's district attorney to bring a criminal case against Harvey Weinstein this week when he ordered the state's attorney general to investigate the prosecutor's handling of an earlier sex abuse probe involving the film producer, legal experts said.

Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:56pm

A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years.

Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:49pm

An AIDS researcher has been selected to run the government's top public health agency.

Police: Mom arrested after video of smoking baby goes viral

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:49pm

A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities identify and arrest the mother.


Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks

Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:42pm

The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing.

Man who killed college student sentenced to life, no parole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:41pm

A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an Ohio State University student has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Exonerated Tennessee man gets $1M after 31 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

A Tennessee man who spent 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led to his 1978 rape and burglary convictions being overturned has been awarded $1 million in damages.

Fake Facebook post prompts fear, complaints in Georgia town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:39pm

A fake Facebook post is spreading fears that venomous snakes are lurking in the sewers of a Georgia town, and the city attorney has expressed concerns to the social media network that it's creating confusion and panic.

Sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot man armed with shotgun

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:31pm

Authorities say Florida deputies fatally shot a suicidal man who pointed a gun at them.

What's in a name: Gender-neutral baby names are on the rise

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:28pm

Whether Royal, Charlie or Salem, Skyler, Justice or Oakley, unisex names for babies are on the rise among parents more willing than ever to embrace the possibility of gender fluidity in their children and attempt to head off sexism on their behalf.

The Latest: 'Pretty brutal commute' home from nor'easter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:28pm

The Latest on a spring nor'easter hitting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast (all times local):

Experts: Hard to convict officer in Australian woman's death

Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:26pm

The police officer who was with a Minneapolis officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed Australian woman said both men "got spooked" when she approached their SUV, and that the partner feared for his life. But prosecutors say Officer Mohamed Noor acted recklessly and was not justified in using deadly force when he shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond last July after she called to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:26pm

A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.

Utah to let women get birth control from pharmacy

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:24pm

Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.

Powerful storm puts California towns at risk of slides

Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:20pm

A strong Pacific storm dropped heavy rain Wednesday on a swath of coastal California, where thousands of people have been evacuated because of the threat of debris flows and mudslides from wildfire burn areas.