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Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99

7 hours 24 min ago
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99....

States face flooding, other problems in Midwest amid storms

7 hours 29 min ago
MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) -- Sandbags were holding back floodwaters in parts of Michigan as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice to the region....

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

7 hours 32 min ago
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement....

Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

10 hours 39 min ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends....

California Senate to weigh discipline for accused colleague

13 hours 49 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California Senate is weighing whether to punish a colleague after an independent investigation confirmed he likely engaged in a pattern of unwelcome flirting and sexually suggestive behavior with six women, including four subordinates....

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:15
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students....

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

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:56
HONOLULU (AP) -- 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....

Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:30
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- In a Kansas governor's race that's already wild and crowded, more than half a dozen of the prospective candidates are teenagers, and legislators are divided over whether to try to prevent having such young hopefuls in the field in the future....

After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:16
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership....

Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:19
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) -- A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole....