• Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was always a man of conscience. He did what he thought was right during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. Hesburgh died late...

  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    Updated: 52 min ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials — tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush...

  • Lawmakers consider new gambling compacts for tribal casinos

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are facing a hard deadline as agreements that allow a handful of American Indian tribes to operate casinos approach their expiration date. Gov. Susana Martinez's office has spent the last three years working with tribes to craft a new...

  • Possible GOP candidates for president headed to Tennessee

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has kicked off a flurry of visits from potential Republican presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke at the National Religious Broadcasters meeting in Nashville this week, while former...

  • NM Senate panel OKs bill to allow hemp farming for research

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to allow New Mexico farmers to grow an industrial version of hemp for research only has passed a third Senate panel. The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved Albuquerque Democrat Sen. Cisco McSorley's legislation. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act now...

  • 2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

    Updated: 53 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City...

  • Lawyer: 2nd autopsy of man shot by Washington police differs

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state says independent autopsy results differ in at least two key details from statements made by authorities investigating the death. The second autopsy shows Antonio...

  • Driver freed without charges in California train crash

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators said a pickup truck driver who turned on to railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train made a "mistake," while prosecutors released him from jail as they considered whether to pursue criminal charges. "We know a...

  • Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

    Updated: 54 min ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's former first lady, Cylvia Hayes — at the center of an ethics scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber — has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye. The lawsuit came to light Thursday, the same day that...

  • Pot fight between DC mayor, Congress could cost the city

    Updated: 54 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new mayor of the nation's capital gave her constituents what they wanted — the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had little choice, given the overwhelming voter support for the legalization initiative and the...

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