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Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

President Donald Trump’s administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

  UN chief: New virus outbreak is ‘a very dangerous situation’

  Father of 2 sues Los Angeles hospital after wife dies during childbirth

Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Officials announce candlelight vigil, funeral arrangements for Faye Swetlik

Hamlin wins 3rd Daytona 500; Newman hospitalized ‘in serious condition’

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  Cat survives arrow shot through its head

  Why are scientists so concerned about new coronavirus?

Law enforcement searching for Georgia college student missing since Valentine’s Day

  China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

Kellye Nakahara Wallett of ‘M-A-S-H’ dies at age 72

Apple warns China virus will cut iPhone production, sales

  WATCH: Ill. officers pull man from icy lake

Chicago police officers appeared from out of nowhere to rescue a man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan.

  1 killed, 3 hurt in shootout between motorcycle gangs at Texas bar

Officers believe multiple suspected gang members were involved in a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs that killed at least one person at a Texas bar.

Mickey Wright, golf great and early LPGA force, dies at 85

Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright has died. Her attorney says she died Monday of a heart attack Monday.

  Vandals cover Plymouth Rock in red graffiti

Town officials say workers had removed the red spray paint covering the rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, by up late Monday morning.

Eccentric millionaire Durst faces trial in friend’s killing

  Mom calls 911 for help with baby formula in Utah

  Family: Man froze to death in his Mich. home

  Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

Disney World plans ‘royal makeover’ for Cinderella Castle

  Oops! Implosion fails to topple tower in Dallas

Pier 1 files for bankruptcy, hopes to sell company

Pier 1 said Monday it will pursue a sale, with a March 23 deadline to submit bids.

Police locate family member of two young boys found alone in Chester, S.C.

Police in Chester say they have located a family member of two young boys who were found alone Monday afternoon.

Disney actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at age 15

Nikita appeared in Disney's “Queen of Katwe,” which followed the rise of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi as a chess player amid grinding poverty.

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

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

Milwaukee man accused of killing mother and 2 girls arrested in Memphis, waives extradition

A triple murder suspect on the run from Wisconsin authorities was arrested in Memphis.

‘Mommy guilt’: Princess Kate says it’s a royal thing, too

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, confessed to bouts of “mommy guilt” on a British podcast.

‘Cuss Collar’ swears each time your dog barks

Your dog’s mouth might not be as clean as you think. That is, not if it’s wearing the “Cuss Collar."

COMMENTARY: Be kind. It doesn’t cost a thing!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day lands every February. Why do we need on to be reminded of the power of being kind? Any kind act, big or small, can become a meaningful event in someone's life. it may even encourage them to "pay it forward."

  Girl, 6, survives mountain lion attack when adult punches animal in ribs

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is searching for the animal in hopes of preventing another attack.

  American cruise passengers quarantined at US military bases

More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, are being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight.

  Man drives by ex-workplace with loaded AR-15 after threatening co-workers, police say

The suspect was arrested after police say a search of his vehicle revealed a loaded handgun, an AR-15 rifle with multiple loaded magazines and additional ammunition.

  Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 157-155 in revamped format

Prior to the game, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson led a tribute to Kobe Bryant and Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, including an eight-second moment of silence, a nod to the number Bryant wore the first half of his career.

  Police: 1 dead, 4 wounded in Connecticut club shooting

The mayor of Connecticut’s capital city says illegal handguns were involved in a nightclub shooting that killed a man and wounded four other people.

  2 missing girls, mom found dead after Amber Alert in Wisconsin

The bodies of two missing girls and their mother have been found in Milwaukee after an Amber Alert was issued Saturday and canceled Sunday.

  Americans who left cruise trade one quarantine for another

A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America.

  Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visit

Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight.

  Floods put Mississippi capital in ‘precarious situation’

Authorities in Mississippi are bracing for the possibility of catastrophic flooding around the state capital of Jackson.

  GRAPHIC: Robbery suspects hit employee with truck in Oregon

A tow yard employee is injured after two people tried to take a truck in the middle of the night.

  ‘Sonic’ speeds to $57M debut; ‘Parasite’ sees big Oscar bump

The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut.

Orangutan granted ‘personhood’ turns 34, makes new friend

An orangutan who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine’s Day with a special new friend.

  80-year-old mother, daughter attacked at Ga. store by man who thought they cut in checkout line

The county sheriff is so enraged by the attack he is offering $2,500 out of his own pocket to anyone who helps identify and arrest "this dummy."

Man accused of raping 11-year-old girl in New York arrested

Authorities have arrested a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in New York City over the weekend.

Amber Alert canceled after child found safely

The incident occurred on the 11400 block of Southwest Freeway.

  Boy, 5, helps little sister escape Ga. house fire, alerts rest of sleeping family

In light of the 5-year-old boy's heroism, the fire department named him an honorary firefighter and presented him with a lifesaving award.

Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries

The attack was the latest in a recent series of rocket and mortar strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

  Girl, 6, with special needs taken to mental health facility after reported tantrum at Fla. school

The family’s attorney says the 6-year-old will not be returning to the school and that the family is planning to file a civil lawsuit.

  Florida man told he can’t bring life-size Trump cutout to dialysis center

A Florida patient says his dialysis facility told him he could not bring a life-sized cutout of President Trump for emotional support.

Class ring lost in Maine found in Finland 47 years later

A class ring that vanished in 1973 is now back with its owner more than four decades later.

  US Embassy: Americans aboard quarantined ship to fly home

About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo.

Grandmother accused of kidnapping granddaughter from hospital at gunpoint arrested

Evelyn Miller, 66, was located in Bogalusa by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Virginia teen accused of killing mother, brother arrested in N.C.

Authorities say a 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting his mother and his 6-year-old brother in their Virginia home has been arrested in North Carolina.

  Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid fears the Pearl River at Jackson could reach its highest level in decades.

  Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

A cargo ship is rocketing toward the International Space Station, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the crew’s cravings.

Police: 14-year-old charged with Barnard College student death in NY

Authorities say a 14-year-old has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student in a Manhattan park in December.

Third student-runner dies after struck by speeding truck in Okla.

Kolby Crum was among seven members of the Moore High School cross-country team who hit by the truck while they were running on a Moore sidewalk on Feb. 3.

  Woman posed as a baby photographer in attempt to take a newborn, authorities say

Investigators said Julie Parker goes by many aliases and used social media to connect with new moms, all so she could kidnap an infant.

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Some observers worry that this year’s census carries the same potential for mayhem as last month’s Iowa caucuses, except on an infinitely larger scale.

  ‘But I Know I Love You’: Michigan man writes book to help wife who lost memory

Camre Curto doesn’t remember giving birth or even her wedding day. However, her husband is now working to keep those memories alive

Investigators link death of 30-year-old neighbor to homicide of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik

Investigators were able to find Faye's body after discovering a key piece of evidence in the trash can of one of her neighbors.

  Her husband died in December; She still got Valentine’s flowers from him this year

Even during his last days, Ray Tenney found a way to show his wife just how much her loved her.

  Diversity test: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

Democratic presidential candidates in the still-crowded 2020 field are facing their first test in the racially diverse state of Nevada with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

Americans lost $201 million in online romance scams in 2019

According to the FTC, consumers lost $201 million to scammers preying on people looking for love last year.

3 shot at eatery owned by Kandi Burruss of ‘Real Housewives’

East Point police tell news outlets that a man entered the Old Lady Gang restaurant just outside Atlanta on Friday night and targeted another man. Two bystanders were also wounded.

  Apple Watch helps save teen’s life after notification about heart rate

Skylar was in class when he got a notification on his Apple Watch and immediately knew something was wrong.

Susan B. Anthony was born on this day 200 years ago

On this day 200 years ago, a vital leader in the movement for women’s rights was born.

‘Cinderella’ premiered in theaters on this day in 1950

70 years ago, the only film known for having a lost glass slipper, a pumpkin turning into a carriage and having a fairy godmother premiered!

  Maryland teacher accused of giving students lap dances

Laura Glover says her 10-year-old daughter was in that classroom of fourth graders Tuesday when school officials say the female substitute teacher was removed from class because of “inappropriate behavior” with students.

70,000 ceiling fans recalled due to faulty blades

Approximately 70,000 ceiling fans sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide have been recalled because of blades that can break and fly off.

  US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

The official said Friday the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces.

  US announces 15th virus case, this one in Texas evacuee

U.S. officials have announced the country’s 15th confirmed case of the new coronavirus — an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in Texas.

  Bald eagles dying from lead in hunters’ bullets

Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation says 70 to 80 percent of the eagles they treat have high levels of lead in their system, and the effects are devastating.

N.C. man accused of cutting off girlfriend’s arm with machete

A North Carolina man is in jail, accused of cutting off his girlfriend's arm with a machete.

Uber testing toll-free number for those without smartphones

The ride-hailing company is testing using a toll-free phone number to book one of its cars.

Fla. doctor indicted for more than $23M in healthcare fraud

Prosecutors also contend that Moses deGraft-Johnson has stated his ultimate long-term professional goal is “to be the President of Ghana.”

  Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

Health officials Friday said 92 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children.

145M Valentine’s Day cards expected to be exchanged this year

According to the Greeting Card Association and Hallmark, roughly 145 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year.

  Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

Top Democrats plan to investigate what they call Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to politicize federal law enforcement.

Michael Avenatti is convicted of trying to extort Nike

Michael Avenatti, who represented a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, is convicted of trying to extort Nike.