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  • NYPD officer shot in the head remains critical but stable

    Mon, 04 May 2015 11:43:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An NYPD police officer was in critical but stable condition early Monday, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked car in Queens.

  • Georgia sheriff accused of shooting woman in Atlanta suburb

    Mon, 04 May 2015 11:31:51 GMT

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville.

  • Police: 4 dead, 1 hurt in shooting on Wisconsin bridge

    Mon, 04 May 2015 11:27:18 GMT

    MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Four people are dead and one person is injured after a man opened fire on a bridge in a small city in eastern Wisconsin in what police described as a random shooting.

  • Police kill 2 gunmen outside Muhammad cartoon event in Texas

    Mon, 04 May 2015 11:11:52 GMT

    GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen's vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

  • South African man in court over wife's murder

    Mon, 04 May 2015 10:35:38 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in South Africa say a man has been charged with his wife's murder, days after local media reported that the heartfelt eulogy he delivered at her funeral was plagiarized.

  • Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers

    Mon, 04 May 2015 09:22:09 GMT

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Thai police arrested three local officials and a Myanmar national they alleged on Monday were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were dug up from shallow graves last week in southern Thailand.

  • Thailand arrests 3, vows crackdown on human traffickers

    Mon, 04 May 2015 08:19:22 GMT

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested three local officials they allege were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were found last week in the mountains of southern Thailand.

  • O'Malley gets scrutiny over police record as Baltimore mayor

    Mon, 04 May 2015 07:25:42 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Martin O'Malley often casts Baltimore as the comeback city that overcame the ravages of drugs and violence when he was mayor.

  • APNewsBreak: Pentagon accused of withholding sex crimes info

    Mon, 04 May 2015 07:07:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, a U.S. senator said Monday in a scathing critique that asserts the Pentagon has refused to provide her information about sexual assaults at several major bases.

  • Bomber's Russian relatives to testify in marathon trial

    Mon, 04 May 2015 06:48:05 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life.

  • NYPD arrest retraining: 'Talking people into their cuffs'

    Mon, 04 May 2015 06:22:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City cops approach a gray sedan with a suspected drunken driver slumped over the wheel. They ask him to get out, and that's when the trouble begins.

  • City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

    Mon, 04 May 2015 04:03:49 GMT

    GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A police spokesman for a Dallas suburb says authorities are searching for explosives in the car of two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Today in History

    Mon, 04 May 2015 04:00:36 GMT

    Today is Monday, May 4, the 124th day of 2015. There are 241 days left in the year.

  • S. Korea urges N. Korea to release New York Univ. student

    Mon, 04 May 2015 03:56:25 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to quickly free a South Korean student of New York University detained in the North for illegally entering the country.

  • Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment complex

    Mon, 04 May 2015 03:03:27 GMT

    LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and her toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday.

  • Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

    Mon, 04 May 2015 01:59:44 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray's death, Baltimore's mayor lifted a citywide curfew Sunday and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved.

  • Officer: Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

    Mon, 04 May 2015 01:51:45 GMT

    GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb was put on lockdown Sunday night and attendees were being evacuated after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.

  • Cops hail man who fatally shoots suspect outside Utah store

    Mon, 04 May 2015 01:37:42 GMT

    Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the right thing by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner.

  • Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

    Mon, 04 May 2015 01:27:32 GMT

    TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss.

  • O'Malley's record as Baltimore mayor under scrutiny

    Sun, 03 May 2015 23:18:07 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Martin O'Malley often casts Baltimore as the comeback city that overcame the ravages of drugs and violence when he was mayor.

  • NYPD officer 'fighting for his life'; suspect denied bail

    Sun, 03 May 2015 23:00:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who officials say boasted of being a street "hellraiser" and served prison time for attempted murder was arraigned Sunday on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head.