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  • Report: No escape charges for Ohio school shooter

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:56:50 GMT

    LIMA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor has decided against filing charges against convicted high school shooter T.J. Lane for escaping prison because he doesn't want to give Lane another chance to anger the victims' families.

  • Sheriff's spokeswomen say assailant shoots 3 deputies and civilian in 2 California counties

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:56:40 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's spokeswomen say assailant shoots 3 deputies and civilian in 2 California counties.

  • Authorities: Remains belong to missing Va. student

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:53:46 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities say remains found Oct. 18 in a rural area are that of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:47:54 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police Commissioner William Bratton says the hatchet attack on four rookie officers was a terrorist act by a homegrown radical.

  • Police: 2 dead, including gunman, in school attack

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:45:36 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle on Friday, killing at least one person and shooting several others in the head, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack.

  • 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:16 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding four other students, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack.

  • ZeekRewards founder charged in $850 million scam

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:23:41 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man that prosecutors say masterminded an $850 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme faces charges of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud.

  • Police: 1 dead besides Washington school shooter

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:13:53 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say one person was killed in a high school shooting in addition to the lone student gunman.

  • Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:11:14 GMT

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

  • California sheriff's deputy, carjack victim shot

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:37 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An assailant shot a Sacramento County, California, sheriff's deputy and a bystander, then carjacked two vehicles Friday morning, prompting a manhunt as the assailant fled through residential areas, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:41 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police say 1 dead in Washington state school shooting in addition to gunman.

  • Ex-FARC commander sentenced to 27 years in prison

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:07:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the three men he once held hostage looked on, a former commander of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was sentenced on Friday to 27 years in a federal prison for their mistreatment during five years of captivity.

  • 3 in critical condition after school shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:05:09 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A hospital says three victims are in critical condition after a school shooting near Seattle.

  • Hospital says 3 victims in critical condition after school shooting near Seattle

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:55:41 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Hospital says 3 victims in critical condition after school shooting near Seattle.

  • Man who was part of cybercrime ring gets prison

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:51:12 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in an international cybercrime ring that targeted more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service.

  • Man to serve 8 months for groping woman on plane

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:50:25 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Louisiana man who admitted that he groped a sleeping woman aboard a cross-country flight was sentenced Friday in federal court to eight months in prison.

  • Police: Student shooter dead after school attack

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:47:49 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A lone student shooter was dead Friday after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

  • US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:46:45 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday.

  • Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:37:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said Friday.

  • Reputed ex-mob boss gets extra 4 months in prison

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:34:25 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob will go back to prison for another four months for violating his parole.

  • Police: Lone shooter dead after high school attack

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:24:00 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.