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  • The Latest: Guatemala ex-leader escorted to jail

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:08:53 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):

  • Ex-Vegas firefighter found guilty in wife murder-for-hire

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:07:16 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada jury says a former Las Vegas firefighter is guilty of conspiring with a homeless ex-convict to murder his estranged wife.

  • Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:52:07 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said.

  • The Latest: Woman who filed false report released on bond

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:47:25 GMT

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in northern Illinois (all times local):

  • Afroman fined, ordered to get counseling for punching fan

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:43:34 GMT

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Rap artist Afroman has been given a suspended six-month jail sentence, fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger management and impulse behavior counseling for punching a woman who jumped on a stage during a concert earlier this year.

  • The Latest: Court orders Guatemala ex-leader jailed

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:42:12 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):

  • 3 California deputies arrested; inmate died of blunt trauma

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:27:50 GMT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Three Northern California jail guards have been arrested after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt trauma, authorities said Thursday.

  • Prosecutors have called final witnesses in trial

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:27:18 GMT

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A second colleague of an Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force against an Indian grandfather said Thursday that he thought the takedown used to subdue the man was improper, and a dispatcher said she helped "stack" the officer's probable cause information by searching for recent incidents he could mention in his paperwork.

  • Brady appeal added to long list of NFL losses in court

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:27:03 GMT

    A federal judge tossed out Tom Brady's four-game suspension on Thursday, ruling that Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to follow the procedures laid out in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement in penalizing the four-time Super Bowl champion.

  • Cruz blames Obama for climate of violence against police

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:12:35 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz blamed President Barack Obama on Thursday for a climate of violence against police, contending the president and his administration have long vilified law enforcement.

  • Court: Transgender asylum seekers can't be equated with gays

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:10:41 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender people can be especially vulnerable to harassment and attacks and shouldn't be equated with gays and lesbians by U.S. immigration officials determining whether to grant asylum, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

  • Guatemalan Congress accepts president's resignation

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:06:27 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigations.

  • Judge accepts charges against ex-head of nuclear power firm

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:06:18 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A federal judge Thursday accepted the charges filed by prosecutors against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal.

  • Report: Dog charged police, prompting gunfire in wrong home

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:55:35 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A dog charged police officers who entered the wrong Atlanta home searching for a burglar, prompting gunfire that seriously wounded an officer, injured the homeowner and killed the animal, according to a police report released Thursday.

  • Parents of Indiana 15-year-old killed by police plan lawsuit

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:49:07 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The parents of a 15-year-old carjacking suspect who was fatally shot by Indianapolis police plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that officers were negligent and violated his constitutional rights, an attorney for the family said Thursday.

  • Detroit dog owner pleads guilty in brutal mauling of man

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:43:53 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit dog owner has pleaded guilty in the brutal mauling of a man who was attacked while feeding a pack of pit bulls.

  • Officer charged in fatal shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:41:01 GMT

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer who shot and killed a man in a Wal-Mart parking lot was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and using a gun in a felony.

  • Court rules investigators can examine US Rep. Fattah's email

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:40:45 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal criminal investigators out of his personal email, a federal appeals court ruled.

  • Guatemala's new president is conservative former top judge

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:17:58 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's new president had only just occupied the vice president's chair when he was promoted to the country's top spot following the resignation of outgoing President Otto Perez Molina amid a corruption scandal.

  • 3 California correctional deputies arrested in inmate death

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:15:25 GMT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — An inmate at a county jail died of multiple blunt force injuries and three Northern California correctional deputies have been arrested on suspicion of murder in his death at a county jail, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

  • Doctor with airport office allegedly sold oxycodone scripts

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:14:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who has an office at New York's Kennedy Airport is accused of selling oxycodone prescriptions to his patients, prosecutors said Thursday in announcing his arrest.