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  • Cleveland police ask for help in fatal shootings

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:54:21 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland are asking for help finding who shot and killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child along with three others.

  • Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:42:55 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

  • Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:56:09 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:49:56 GMT

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:30:58 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.

  • Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:09:37 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.

  • Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:00:05 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:52:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:37:14 GMT

    WASHINTON, D.C. (AP) — Former DC mayor Marion Barry, who staged comeback after 1990 crack cocaine arrest, has died.

  • Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:54:09 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

  • Official: Man who killed deputy had made threats

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:26:59 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff's deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said.

  • Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:59:25 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demanded a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident.

  • Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:49:25 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said.

  • Man freed after 2 decades in prison to get $3.6M

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:22:00 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is getting $3.6 million from the state.

  • Utah midwife ordered to face trial in baby's death

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:04:44 GMT

    CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A Cedar City midwife has been ordered to stand trial on a felony manslaughter charge in the 2012 death of a premature baby.

  • Cops: Dad errantly shoots, kills son while hunting

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:43:52 GMT

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a father has accidentally shot and killed his adult son during a hunting trip in New Jersey.

  • Man sets house on fire, kills responding deputy

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:49:54 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers and firefighters Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.

  • Bighorn sheep escapes from LA Zoo, struck by car

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:23:47 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday and was struck by a hit-and-run driver before it could be corralled, police said.

  • Ferguson announcement does not appear imminent

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:25:32 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even though there was no sign that the grand jury had reached a decision.

  • Woman who was raped, burned dies in Kansas

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:04:45 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head.

  • Russian tourist arrested for vandalizing Colosseum

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:58:02 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italian authorities say a Russian tourist has been fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for engraving a big letter 'K' on a wall of the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism by tourists at the ancient structure.