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Mississippi man asks jurors to spare him from death penalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:55pm

A Mississippi man convicted of killing eight people spoke in court Thursday, blaming the devil for his actions and asking jurors not to sentence him to death.


Virus anxiety triggers biggest 1-day market drop since 2011

Stan Choe and Alex Veiga, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:50pm

Worldwide markets plummeted again Thursday, deepening a weeklong rout triggered by growing anxiety that the coronavirus will wreak havoc on the global economy.

Babysitter accused of shooting nephew while taking selfie

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:42pm

A Houston-area teen was in jail Thursday after she was accused of accidentally shooting her 10-year-old nephew after making a selfie video of herself with a gun for her Instagram account.

Judge: Military funds for Washington state can't go to wall

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:12pm

President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall, a U.S. judge in Seattle ruled Thursday.

Whistleblower: Feds helping evacuees lacked virus protection

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:04pm

A government whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging that some federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were deployed to help Americans evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak.

Warren still dogged by past claims of indigenous ancestry

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:03pm

Cherokee citizens are calling on Elizabeth Warren to publicly disavow a family story of indigenous heritage as a way to dissuade others from making false claims they say often romanticize Native Americans.

Prosecutor: No evidence court asked for informant's release

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:08pm

A prosecutor said Thursday that his office has found no evidence that a federal agency asked a judge to release a police informant months before he was charged in two Detroit-area slayings and named a suspect in at least four others.

Arrest made in 1991 killing of central Missouri teenager

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:26pm

A central Missouri man was charged Thursday with fatally shooting his 14-year-old classmate in 1991.

Air Force service song changed to use gender-neutral lyrics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:24pm

The U.S. Air Force changed lyrics in its service anthem by dropping gender references that exclude women.

Nebraska lawmakers consider banning guns at state Capitol

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:19pm

Nebraska lawmakers who for decades have allowed gun owners to openly carry rifles and handguns in most public spaces may be carving out one new exception to that right — at their own workplace in the Capitol.

Man held in Wyoming in California cemetery killings

Stefanie Dazio and Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:15pm

A man wanted for killing three people in a Southern California cemetery was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Wyoming, authorities said.

Guests evacuated after boat at Disney World takes on water

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:01pm

A boat filled with guests at Walt Disney World had to be evacuated Thursday after it took on water.

Turkish official says 22 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, in biggest single day losses for country's forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:41pm

Turkish official says 22 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, in biggest single day losses for country's forces.

Feds cite new evidence against former Mexico security chief

Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:35pm

New evidence against Mexico's former top security official has been uncovered since he was charged with taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:11pm

Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life. One man articulated it in a more positive way. He said he quit drinking so he could be a free man.

Turkish official says 9 Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike in Syria's northeast, in largest death toll in a single day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:09pm

Turkish official says 9 Turkish soldiers killed in airstrike in Syria's northeast, in largest death toll in a single day.

Ex-Phoenix area sheriff declares victory despite court loss

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:09pm

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost a bid to erase his criminal conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order, but claimed victory Thursday after an appeal's court said the verdict no longer has any legal consequence because of President Donald Trump's pardon.

Water main break in Houston strands drivers, closes schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:01pm

Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on a flooded freeway and prompting emergency officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city to deploy tanker trucks to mitigate any fire hazards.

Idaho targets transgender people, birth certificate changes

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:58pm

Idaho lawmakers moved forward Thursday with legislation banning transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a federal court ruling declaring such a ban unconstitutional.