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Public defender asks to drop Florida school massacre suspect

Apr. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre defendant unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public...

NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far

Apr. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights. But as the group gathers for its annual convention this week, the NRA may be facing its toughest foe in decades: its own members. NRA insiders and longtime observers describe an...

Texas officer charged for killing man who ran over his foot

Apr. 24, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BURNET, Texas (AP) — A Texas police officer is charged with murder for fatally shooting a man who ran over his foot. Burnet (BER'-net) Police Chief Paul Nelson says former Patrol Sgt. Russell Butler also had been fired for violating the department's use of force policy. KVUE television reports Butler was...

Chiefs' addition of Clark another controversial decision

Apr. 24, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of inciting controversy during the NFL draft in the Andy Reid era by acquiring players that have a history of off-the-field issues. This year, they didn't even wait until the draft. The Chiefs swung a blockbuster trade with the Seattle...

Feds: Coast Guard officer targeted Supreme Court justices

Apr. 24, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors. Those new allegations are...

White presidential hopefuls face 'woke litmus test' on race

Apr. 24, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had...

St. Louis prosecutor urges steps for bail-posting nonprofit

Apr. 24, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' top prosecutor on Wednesday urged a nonprofit group to review court records before posting bail for inmates, days after a man freed from jail was charged with killing his wife soon after his release. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner also asked the Bail Project to contact her office...

NAACP critical after LGBT bullying at Missouri school

Apr. 24, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The NAACP is weighing in after at least one student waved a Confederate battle flag while driving through a southwest high school's parking lot on a day focused on raising awareness about LGBT bullying. Two posters promoting the Day of Silence event also were ripped down at Kickapoo...

Lawyer: Massacre suspect allowed to play violent video games

Apr. 24, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney representing the father of a victim in last year's Florida high school massacre told a judge that mental health counselors must share the blame, because they knew Nikolas Cruz was "a ticking time bomb" long before the mass shooting, and their actions sped up the...

Cubs SS Russell joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for return

Apr. 23, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville. He had stayed in...