• States could face severe flooding, other problems in Midwest

    CHICAGO (AP) - Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains.

    The weather already was blamed for several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash in Nebraska.

  • Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns

    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.

  • Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

    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.

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

    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.

    A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. Seventeen people were killed.

  • Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday.

  • Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

    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.

  • Americans rally after shaky starts in women's short program

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn't remember the last time it happened.

    Mirai Nagasu fell trying to land her signature triple axel, which she pulled off in the team event but is so hard that nobody else in the competition attempts it.

  • Mavs launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct

    DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

  • Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.

  • Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.

    The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation's gold medal drought?

  • Red Gerard takes flight _ then comes back to the Olympics

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - For Red Gerard, "Big Air" has less to do with vaulting himself off the snowboarding jump, more to do with the journey he's been on since he became an Olympic gold medalist.

  • Canada's world champion women slump out of medal contention

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Despite entering the Pyeongchang Olympics as world champions and the favorites to win gold, Canada's women's curling team has been eliminated from medal contention after a shocking loss to Britain.

    It's an unwanted first for Rachel Homan and her teammates. No Canadian team has ever left the Olympics without a medal in men's or women's curling since the sport was reintroduced to the Winter Games in 1998.

  • Ursula K. Le Guin wins posthumous prize for essay writing

    NEW YORK (AP) - The late Ursula K. Le Guin was among the recipients of literary honors presented Tuesday night by PEN America.

    The science fiction/fantasy author's "No Time to Spare" won a $10,000 prize for best essay writing. Le Guin died last month at age 88 and her award was announced during a New York ceremony hosted by PEN, the literary and human rights organization.

  • California law that blocked posting actors' ages struck down

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California law that sought to prevent age discrimination in the entertainment industry by blocking a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors was struck down Tuesday as unconstitutional.

  • Seattle launches season-ticket campaign for new NHL team

    SEATTLE (AP) - Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets.

    Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Oak View Group, which is trying to bring an NHL team to the city, announced Tuesday that people can make refundable deposits for season tickets at NHLSeattle.com beginning March 1.

    The deposits run $500 per ticket for season tickets or $1,000 per ticket for club season tickets, which are center ice, lower-level tickets.

  • NBC's Lindsey Vonn Show takes home Olympic bronze

    NEW YORK (AP) - Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics:

  • Stephen King in tweet slams congressman as "NRA sweetheart"

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Author Stephen King on Tuesday called a Maine congressman an "NRA sweetheart" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group.

    King urged residents in a tweet to not vote for Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November, citing his support from the National Rifle Association. The Maine-born novelist has posted several tweets about gun policy since a Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 people dead.

  • 'Black Panther' scores highest Monday ever with $40.2M

    NEW YORK (AP) - With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, "Black Panther" has notched the biggest Monday ever at the box office and pushed its four-day total to $242 million.

    The Walt Disney Co. again raised their box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film's updated Monday performance narrowly tops the previous record, set by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015 with $40.1 million.

  • Asian retailer Lotte accepts resignation from jailed co-CEO

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Lotte says its holding company's board has accepted the resignation of its co-CEO, who has been convicted of bribery and embezzlement.

    The Asian retail and chewing gum giant said Wednesday that Shin Dong-bin has left his CEO post at Lotte Holdings but will remain on its board as vice chairman. Shin, a son of Lotte's founder, was convicted and imprisoned earlier this month in a wide-ranging corruption scandal that brought down South Korea's president.

  • Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

    NEW DELHI (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk that his family was profiting from his father's presidency was "nonsense" as he embarked on a highly publicized visit to India to promote real estate deals that bear his family's name.

    The eldest son of President Donald Trump is in India to meet the promoters and buyers of Trump brand luxury homes in the country, raising ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote business ventures internationally.

  • California Senate to weigh discipline for accused colleague

    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.

    Senators will gather Wednesday with outside lawyers hired by the Senate to discuss the investigation into Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza.

  • World shares mixed after Wall Street sell-off, focus on Fed

    TOKYO (AP) - Shares slid Wednesday in Europe after a day of gains in Asia as attention turned to minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve.

    KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX slipped 0.5 percent to 12,432.70 and the CAC 40 of France lost 0.5 percent to 5,265.04. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.2 percent to 7,234.56. Dow futures edged 0.1 percent lower to 24,933.00 and S&P 500 futures also were down 0.1 percent at 2,712.50, pointing to losses on the open in New York.

  • Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.

    "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, "We're done with thoughts and prayers!"

  • Trump says more must be done to protect children

    WASHINGTON (AP) - As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

    "We must do more to protect our children," Trump said, adding that his administration was working hard to respond to the shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead.


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