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Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:04pm

Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday.

Yellowstone begins capturing bison to reduce population

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:52pm

At least 96 bison attempting to migrate from Yellowstone National Park into Montana have been captured for potential slaughter under a program meant to shield livestock from disease.

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:49pm

A storm system that's brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains was being blamed for fatal crashes in three states, including an accident that left four dead in Nebraska.

Autopsy details fatal wound of New Mexico school shooter

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:48pm

A gunman in a deadly New Mexico school shooting last year had no drugs or alcohol in his system the day of the rampage and an autopsy revealed a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, bruised knuckles and faint ink markings on his leg that included a swastika symbol.

Jury acquits Minneapolis officer who shot at car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:47pm

A jury on Tuesday acquitted a Minneapolis police officer who shot at a car full of club-goers nearly two years ago.

Advocacy group sues Justice for prison policy files

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:47pm

A Washington-based advocacy group sued the Justice Department Tuesday for failing to turn over records that the group contends could shed light on the Trump administration's dealings with private prison companies as it forms new policies on incarceration.

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President Trump directs Justice Department to ban certain gun modifications

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:44pm

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.

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

The Latest on California's response to drought conditions (all times local):

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

Holocaust survivor Sam Bloch, who dedicated his life to preserving the memory of the victims of Nazi atrocities, has died 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: Idaho senator who yelled at students not sorry

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

The Latest on an Idaho lawmaker getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):