• GOP lamaker puts New Mexico bail bond proposal on hold

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk and danger to the public.

  • In this June 21, 2005 file photo, skateboarders participate in an international "Wild in the Streets" event to raise awareness of the skateboarding community in Love Park in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, city officials broke ground on a $16.5 million, yearlong renovation of the park, requiring a temporary relocation of the park's namesake Robert Indiana sculpture, expected to receive about four months of restoration work. (Mike Mooney/The Evening Bulletin via AP, File) PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER OUT; PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS OUT; METRO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations.

  • These composite photos provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show Sirhan Sirhan from left, in Oct. 29, 2009, Sept. 20, 2012, and Nov. 22, 2013.  For nearly 50 years, Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn't remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his story at his 15th parole hearing set for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in San Diego. He is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

    Parole hearing set for Robert Kennedy killer Sirhan Sirhan

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

  • Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.

  • Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing an abortion law that he says would prevent most women from getting abortions.

    Updated: 2:19 pm

  • New Mexico official blasts EPA over Colorado mine spill

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.

    Updated: 3:14 pm

  • This May 13, 2015, file photo, shows Google's new self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control the cars of the future can be considered their driver. The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

    Computer as driver? ‘Yes’ from feds boosts self-driving cars

    DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has decided.

  • Ferguson mayor James Knowles III looks out at the crowd on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, after the Ferguson city council voted to approve a modified consent decree with the United States Department of Justice during a meeting in Ferguson, Mo. It is unclear if the Department of Justice will accept the modified version of the consent decree Ferguson passed. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

    Ferguson is defiant again in deal with Justice Department

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

    Updated: 3:33 pm

  • In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to investigators during a federal corruption probe that tainted his career, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    Prosecutor: Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty in corruption case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to investigators during a federal corruption probe that tainted his career, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    Updated: 2:07 pm

  • Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi’s method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state’s plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

    Updated: 12:33 pm