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United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000
DALLAS (AP) -- United Airlines says it will raise the limit - to $10,000 - on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat....

Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters....

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s....

Suspect barricaded in home after Delaware officer killed
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) -- A man suspected of shooting and killing a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store remained barricaded early Thursday inside his house, where he fired shots at officers as they tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender, police said....

Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Texas House approved early Thursday a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" in the country's second-largest state, seeking to empower law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening to jail police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so....

Businesses like Trump tax plan, but they won't rush to hire
NEW YORK (AP) -- Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law - but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge....

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions....

Arkansas prepares to conclude aggressive execution schedule
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas will reach the end of an aggressive execution schedule Thursday as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in a week after initially planning twice as many over an 11-day period....

What does the word 'witness' mean in an Arkansas execution?
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- About two dozen people witness each execution in Arkansas, though the term "witness" is a misnomer. No one among the media or citizen witnesses can see as the inmate is secured to a gurney, watch as medical personnel place intravenous lines or hear what's happening as the actual execution takes place. If there's a dispute over what happened, resolution is difficult....

D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone
"The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online....

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