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  • Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol

    MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for two days next week. Ryan says he’s inviting members of Congress and the public to pay their respects to the man called “American’s Pastor” on Feb. 28 and March 1. It’s a rare honor for a private citizen to lie in honor at the Capitol. According to the U.S. House, civil rights hero Rosa Parks was the last […]

  • Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions

    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. Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, spokesman Mark DeMoss told The Associated Press. More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the […]

  • Faith-based daycare regulation bill nears final hurdle

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill aimed at getting more oversight for hundreds of faith-based daycares that go uninspected by the state. Committee members voted unanimously Wednesday for the House-passed bill described as a compromise between child welfare advocates and church centers. The bill moves to the Senate floor. Alabama for years has exempted faith-based daycares from licensure and regulations such as maximum child-to-worker ratios. The bill requires centers that receive state subsidies to […]

  • Alabama officer killed, suspect found dead after standoff

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An hourslong standoff in Alabama ended with both the suspect and a police officer dead. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Earlier Tuesday evening, officers responding to a report of a person hit had found Fonda Poellnitz dead. Police identified her ex-husband, Robert Hollie, as a person of interest and set up a perimeter around his […]

  • President Trump signs memo urging ban on all gun devices like bump stocks

    WASHINGTON D.C. — President Donald Trump says he’s signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. The president is making the announcement to curb the use of the rapid-fire devices during a ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation’s public safety officers. Trump is responding days after the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school. He’s pointing to the need to propose […]

  • Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville must vacate its 2013 men’s basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel’s decision to uphold sanctions against the men’s program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return some $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments. The decision announced on Tuesday by the governing body’s Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers […]

  • Lawsuit: Louisiana prison brutally punishes suicidal inmates

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prison brutally punishes suicidal and mentally ill inmates by isolating them for months or even years, chaining them to wooden chairs and opening windows to expose them to extreme cold, a federal lawsuit claims. The class action, filed Tuesday, asks the court to rule that prison officials are subjecting inmates at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer to unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment.” It also seeks a court-ordered end to the “extreme, abusive […]

  • R Kelly evicted from 2 Georgia homes over $30K unpaid rent

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Court documents show R&B singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta-area homes over unpaid rent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Feb. 13 filings with the Fulton County magistrate court show Kelly owes more than $31,000 in past due payments to SB Property Management Global. Court filings show Kelly paid $3,000 a month and $11,542 a month, respectively, for two homes just 2 miles apart. Records don’t show criminal filings related to the matter. Neither the […]

  • Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

    The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them. Doctors have been testing daily doses of peanut flour, contained in a capsule and sprinkled over food, as a way to prevent that. California-based Aimmune Therapeutics said […]

  • Locked up: Legislation seeks changes to juvenile justice

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers this session will consider an overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system, which advocates contend locks up too many kids for low-level offenses. The bill, which seeks an emphasis on intervention and to limit which juvenile offenders get sent to lock-up or moved to adult court, is expected to get a joint hearing by the House and Senate judiciary committees later this month. “We need to be careful about sending kids into lock-up facilities. […]

  • ‘Am I next?’ Teens protest outside White House to demand gun control

    Dozens of teenage students spread their bodies on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control and symbolize the 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests. Two activists were covered by an American flag. One held a sign asking, “Am I Next?” Ella Fesler is a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria, Virginia. She […]

  • Austin Dillon drives No. 3 to victory at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The No. 3 car found its way to victory lane at the Daytona 500, 20 years after Dale Earnhardt’s only victory in “The Great American Race.” We race for moments like this.@austindillon3 | #DAYTONA500 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 18, 2018 Austin Dillon grabbed the lead on the final lap in overtime and took the checkered flag, 17 years to the day Earnhardt was killed in an accident on the final lap at Daytona. Dillon got […]