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Hearing set on school shooting suspect's contact with guard

Jan. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge is set to consider whether Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz should still be supervised by a corrections officer he is accused of assaulting. Cruz's lawyers want Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday to stop Cruz from being supervised by Sgt. Raymond...

The Latest: House approves measure rebuking Iowa Rep. King

Jan. 15, 2019 11:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The House has approved a Democratic measure disapproving of Republican Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy. The nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure, which was approved,...

Georgia Senate weakens internal harassment investigations

Jan. 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As one of his first acts after being sworn in as Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp issued an executive order Monday strengthening and standardizing sexual harassment reporting processes across state agencies and implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for agency employees....

Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state migrant ID law

Jan. 15, 2019 8:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has overturned a law passed in Jalisco state that required migrants to show identification documents to police. The ruling won praise from the country's human rights commission, which considered the law a violation of migrants' rights to privacy. The court said...

After years of King's remarks, why now for the GOP response?

Jan. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Why now? Despite his seemingly endless string of racist comments and insults about immigrants, Iowa Rep. Steve King had the Republican Party's backing through nine elections and GOP presidential contenders often lined up for his endorsement in the state's lead-off caucuses. Now many...

Woman sues LaSalle County for being forcibly stripped

Jan. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by a woman who claims LaSalle County sheriff's deputies violated her civil rights when they forcibly stripped her following a 2017 arrest. The attorney for Zandrea Askew said three female deputies stripped the former Marine sergeant on Jan. 20, 2017, after...

New Mexico governor seeks funding for universal preschool

Jan. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sounded a rallying cry Tuesday to increase state spending on public education including preschool and encouraged allied Democratic lawmakers to revive initiatives on gun control, pay equity for women and climate-change regulation that stalled...

Hospital: Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

Jan. 15, 2019 8:01 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family...

Final defendant sentenced in Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada

Jan. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago. Brian "Booda" Cavalier, 47, of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more...

The Latest: Republican lawmakers worried about spending plan

Jan. 15, 2019 7:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's first State of the State address (all times local): 5:30 p.m. New Mexico House Minority Leader James Townsend says he's "scared to death" of the spending proposals pushed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Republican...