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US considers banning type of popular rifle ammunition

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to ban a type of ammunition used for one of the most popular rifles on the market.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is considering banning certain types of 5.56 mm rounds that can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun. It's accepting public input on the idea for two more weeks.


Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:19 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is headed back to the House without restrictions that conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. But it has a good chance of passage anyway.

Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other House GOP leaders declined Monday night to say what their next move would be in a controversy that has exposed deep divisions inside the party's ranks. But even Republican officials conceded the leadership was running out of options.


O'Malley now has 2016 option: a run for president, or Senate

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Martin O'Malley harbors any doubts about running for president against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he now has a viable alternative.

That option arrived Monday when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced plans to retire. For more than a year, O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, has explored what looks to be a longshot bid for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016.

If O'Malley is intent on returning to elected office, he now faces a choice.


Venture capitalist to take stand in Silicon Valley lawsuit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:10 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon.com is set to take the stand in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capitalist arenas.


Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:08 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Iran.

Netanyahu, who says he is privy to emerging details of a deal, is expected to lay out specific concerns in Tuesday's speech to a joint meeting of Congress.


DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:00 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

Scientists are using that environmental DNA to detect the presence of certain organisms by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells.

Biologists are using the emerging surveillance tool to help look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream.


Blizzard conditions expected for parts of Upper Midwest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:11 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents across the Upper Midwest may soon get the snowfall some have been wanting more of this winter.

Winter weather advisories are out for parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin as a March storm approaches. In Minnesota, the National Weather Service says the storm is expected to move in after midnight Monday and dump several inches of snow until about noon Tuesday.


Final jury to be chosen in Boston Marathon bombing trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 01:39 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Just one final step remains before a jury is seated in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

A panel of 12 jurors and six alternates is expected to be selected Tuesday after prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers are allowed to eliminate jurors for strategic reasons.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. has provisionally qualified about 70 people. Each side will be given 23 peremptory strikes to excuse jurors without giving a reason.


Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 01:35 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker that is becoming a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices.

A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who travel to speak at marketing conferences. It is also hiring some recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.


Missouri officials to mourn death of Auditor Schweich

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 01:30 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many of Missouri's top officials are planning to join mourners at a memorial service for Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk).

The Tuesday morning service is to be held at an Episcopal church that Schweich attended, not far from his home in the St. Louis suburban of Clayton.

The 54-year-old Republican auditor fatally shot himself last Thursday in what police describe as an apparent suicide. He leaves behind a wife and two children.


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