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US: Taliban’s ‘reduction of violence’ deal to start ‘tonight’

That will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month.

Infant sleeper recalled due to suffocation risk

  Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

China’s count of new virus cases drops, deaths exceed 2,200

IATA: Virus may slash $29 billion from airlines’ revenue

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

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  Kauai police arrest Idaho mother whose 2 children mysteriously disappeared

Trump savoring scrambled Dem race, Bloomberg’s debate debut

  16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to US hospitals after tests for new virus

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

  New Jersey restaurant only hires special needs adults

Another man accuses late U. of Michigan doctor of sex abuse

Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations drag on

Jurors are continuing to focus a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra’s linchpin allegations that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s.

Kia recalls SUVs, vans; electrical problem can cause fires

Kia is joining its affiliate Hyundai in recalling thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because water can get into a brake computer, cause an electrical short and possibly a fire.

‘I want to die, right now’: Mom posts aftermath of son’s bullying

The boy has a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia, a condition that creates shortened limbs.

  Jail fail: Woman caught on camera falling through ceiling during escape attempt

An Ohio woman tried to escape from a jail waiting area with cameras, inmates and officers watching, but she didn’t make it very far.

Airbnb host finds drugs, knives, blood stains

Kentucky House passes medical marijuana bill

German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children’s data

Computer scientist who pioneered ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ has died

  Man found in freezer left note exonerating wife of death, police say

  Study: Common antibiotic linked to birth defects

The study, published in the medical journal BMJ, suggests women who were prescribed macrolides during the first three months of pregnancy had an increased risk of birth defects compared to those who were prescribed penicillin.

KFC goes national with its chicken and donuts sandwich

You can order the items as a sandwich or in a basket with the chicken and donuts separate from each other.

Free University of Southern California tuition to students with $80K or less family income

USC President Carol L. Folt announced the initiative Thursday as a part of an effort to make an undergraduate education possible to students from all walks of life.

  Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

Roger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

  WWII veteran carried to seat at Trump rally in Phoenix

Trump supporters held up Ervin Julian, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, and carried to him to his seat.

  Parent upset after teacher corrects student on ‘proper’ usage of N-word

A letter of reprimand in the teacher’s permanent file came after a week’s investigation and a recommendation by a school lawyer.

  Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals at Democrats’ Nevada debate

Sanders is the only Democratic candidate who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn’t have a majority. It sets up a clash should the primary season end without a clear winner.

Contigo recalls 5.7 million kids water bottles for second time over choking hazard

The water bottles were originally recalled in August, but there have been new incidents with the replacement lids.

  No casket, no cost: Tennesseans go back to ‘natural’ burial

An east Tennessee burial preserve goes back to the basics by offering a “simpler, more natural” way of burying the dead -- no casket, no embalming and no cost.

  Knife-wielding carjacking suspect shot by Texas deputy, off-duty police commander

A carjacking suspect was shot multiple times by a deputy and an off-duty Houston police commander.

Hair Club for Men founder - and client - Sy Sperling dies

Sperling became famous in the 1980s for his ubiquitous commercials featuring before and after photos of his clients, ending with him proclaiming “I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client” as he showed a photo of his previously bald self.

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge; police say he had 157 pounds of weed

A federal criminal complaint accuses the 27-year-old Greg Robinson and 27-year-old Jaquan Bray of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession intent to distribute.

Toddler dies after falling into septic tank in Texas

Two-year-old Charleigh Nicole Nelson was standing on the tank’s lid at the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort Park when it collapsed beneath her. She fell 15 feet.

TBI issues Amber Alert for east Tennessee infant last seen in December

TBI said 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell was last seen Dec. 26, 2019. She was not reported missing until Feb. 18.

  Man charged in murder, beheading of step-grandmother

A 45-year-old Michigan man is accused of the murder and mutilation of his 79-year-old step-grandmother earlier this week.

  Police: Texas driver who hit pedestrian left body in car, went to bar

Police said the driver struck someone trying to cross the street with a shopping cart.

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation’s top intel official

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence.

  2 firefighters killed after teens allegedly set fire to Calif. library

More than 50 city, county and state firefighters battled the blaze at the California public library for hours.

  2 women die after car falls off Florida ferry, sinks into water

Safety measures took place on board the ferries the next day, as workers placed tire chocks in front of vehicles and asked drivers to engage their parking brakes.

  Mother accused of sex trafficking 15-year-old daughter to wealthy yacht owner

The mother’s case is being turned over to federal authorities while she remains in jail, accused of prostituting her 15-year-old daughter.

  China’s new virus cases, deaths rise but increase is lower

Authorities on Wednesday announced 79 new cases, bringing the total on the ship to 621, by far the largest number outside mainland China.

  WATCH: Calif. police officer saves man from fiery crash

A California police officer pulled a man out of a burning car with just moments to spare last week.

  More than 100 animals rescued from alleged puppy mill in New Jersey

Officials say the home was an illegal puppy mill run by Dominick Ciabattari.

  Man breaks Galaga world record in his kitchen

An Iowa man is making a name for himself in competitive video gaming.

Oil and gas production contributing to more climate change than previously estimated, study says

The research, published in the scientific journal Nature, indicates methane emissions from fossil fuel sources are between 25% and 40% higher than previously estimated.

  GRAPHIC: Woman plays violin during brain surgery

A concert violinist played while undergoing brain surgery in London.

  Married, off-duty officers thwart armed robbery attempt during dinner date

Louisville Metro Police released video Tuesday of the moments after an armed man entered the Raising Cane’s restaurant on Bardstown Road and allegedly demanded cash from the register.

Democrats won’t commit to same-day release of Nevada results

Democrats won’t commit to releasing the unofficial results of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses on the day as the vote, as they emphasize accuracy over speed in the aftermath of the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses.

3 charged after 11-year-old gives birth in Missouri bathtub

Three relatives of an 11-year-old girl who gave birth in the bathtub of her suburban St. Louis home are facing criminal charges, including incest and statutory rape.

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

US judge sides with migrants in lawsuit against conditions at some Border Patrol facilities in Arizona.

  Blagojevich praises Trump from Chicago home after release

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out of prison hours after his sentence for political corruption was commuted by President Donald Trump.

George Zimmerman suing Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for alleged defamation

George Zimmerman says Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren defamed him in tweets on what would have been Martin’s 25th birthday on Feb. 5.

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

Roush Fenway Racing tweeted a photo of Newman walking out of Halifax Medical Center hand in hand with his daughters.

  Rapper Pop Smoke killed in Hollywood Hills home invasion

Los Angeles police said they responded to a home invasion call where masked gunmen had entered the house where Pop Smoke was staying.

  Miami federal agents arrest man accused of acting as Russian spy

Mexican biologist Hector Alejandra Cabrera Fuentes was charged with conspiracy to act within the U.S. as an agent of foreign power.

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

A lawyer for Julian Assange says the WikiLeaks founder plans to claim during his extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered to pardon him if he agreed to say Russia wasn’t involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails.

  US ranks 39th on measurements of children’s survival, report says

The report ranked 180 countries based on data that used various factors to measure the extent of which a child was given the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ debuted 52 years ago

The very first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired on Feb. 19, 1968.

Driver gets wish to be laid to rest in school bus casket

A lifelong Minnesota resident and beloved school bus driver will be laid to rest in a school bus casket.

University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims

The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008.

  Burger King breaks the mold with new advertising campaign

Burger King is removing artificial preservatives from the Whopper.

  Why are scientists so concerned about new coronavirus?

For health care officials, it’s the fear of the unknown. Scientists don’t know what they’re dealing with yet.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to begin new life on March 31

The couple’s office released an update Wednesday on the plans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

The Pentagon’s top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally authorized aid has resigned at President Donald Trump’s request.

NerdWallet: You’re an online fraud target — fight back

Millennials are 25% more likely to report losing money to fraud than those over 40, according to an October 2019 report by the Federal Trade Commission.

  Woman pleads not guilty in alleged baby kidnapping plot

Juliette Parker, 38, pleaded not guilty in a Tacoma, Wash., courtroom Tuesday. She's charged with attempted kidnapping and assault.

Jury back for second day of deliberations in Weinstein trial

The panel of seven men and five women had lots of questions Tuesday as they started weighing charges in the closely watched #MeToo case.

  2-year-old hugs pizza delivery driver, not knowing he just lost his daughter

A touching moment between a young boy and a pizza delivery driver was recently captured on a doorbell camera.

  Kansas police investigate possible assault of homeless man captured on camera

The man was “minding his own business” when he was assaulted, the person who took the video said.

Whitney Houston hologram tour set to begin

Eight years after her death and five years after the show was conceived, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour.

  Autopsy reveals heartbreaking details of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik’s death

Little Faye disappeared from the front yard of her Cayce, South Carolina home Feb. 10. Her body was found three days later.

  Crossing guard, 88, dies saving kids from speeding car outside Kan. school

Police say the accident remains under investigation. It is not yet known if the driver involved will face any charges.

  Lawmakers consider bill to stop lunch shaming, help indebted families in Conn.

Most of the kids whose accounts fall into the red are working poor families who don’t qualify for a free and reduced meal subsidy because they are right on the edge of income thresholds.

  Officer escorts 8-year-old girl to father-daughter dance after her dad’s death

After her father's death over the holidays, the second grader didn't think she'd ever be able to attend a father-daughter dance.

  Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

The Sanders campaign believes a recount could make a difference in the outcome, as the results show Sanders and Buttigieg in an effective tie.

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases.

  Volunteers warn of likely problems during Nevada caucus

It's not just the outcome of Saturday’s Nevada caucus that's in doubt but whether Nevada Democrats can pull it off.

  New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000

New virus cases in China continued to fall, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China’s leader said disease prevention and control was at “a critical time.”