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  • FBI says it has surrounded last occupiers at Oregon refuge

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:11:42 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.

  • Ex-LA sheriff pleads guilty to lying during corruption probe

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:51:42 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.

  • Key events in the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:47:42 GMT

    Here is timeline of events in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon:

  • Reward suggested for homeless man who helped find escapees

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:36:50 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A new report says a homeless man deserves up to $100,000 for helping recapture two violent Orange County jail escapees.

  • 4 holdouts at Oregon refuge have diverse backgrounds

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:34:03 GMT

    The four armed activists who on Wednesday night were surrounded by the FBI at a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon have remained on the site despite the arrests of group leader Ammon Bundy and others Jan. 26 on a remote road outside the refuge. Wednesday's tense standoff between the FBI and the four occupiers was being livestreamed on the Internet.

  • Freeman, Prince lead No. 21 Baylor past K-State, 82-72

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:33:25 GMT

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Al Freeman scored 21 points, Taurean Prince had 18 and No. 21 Baylor beat cold-shooting Kansas State 82-72 on Wednesday night to remain a game back of the leaders in the Big 12 race.

  • Friend of Texas man shot by police wants public's attention

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:17:59 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — The friend of an unarmed man fatally shot by a San Antonio officer said Wednesday he will try to keep a spotlight on a case that police are still investigating.

  • Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:05:20 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release.

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

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:59:18 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.

  • Alabama gunman kills two, including former business partner

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:27:53 GMT

    HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — A gunman fatally shot two people, one a former business partner, at a law firm and a nearby accountant's office in western Alabama on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

  • 2 killed in shooting at Alabama law firm, accounting office

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:16:35 GMT

    HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — A gunman fatally shot two people, one a former business partner, at a law firm and a nearby accountant's office in western Alabama on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

  • MADD: Car-locking systems stopped 1.77 million drunk drivers

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:08:34 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a first-of-its-kind report on the devices nationwide.

  • Lawsuit of man who questioned police shootings dismissed

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:54:05 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former investigator for Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings.

  • Minneapolis police shooting case goes to prosecutors

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:45:21 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota authorities announced Wednesday that they have completed their investigation into the November fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police officers, and prosecutors are now reviewing the case for possible charges.

  • Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:24:12 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen.

  • Shot that killed baby likely meant for gang-member father

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:23:19 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib at home in Compton was struck in the head and killed by a bullet likely meant for her gang-member father, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

  • Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:20:30 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued 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.

  • Man suspected of wounding 3 after basketball game arraigned

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:12:24 GMT

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old suspect shot and wounded three people, including two students, after a high school basketball game in western Michigan before a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded him, authorities said Wednesday.

  • 2 deputies, suspect dead in suburban shopping area gunfire

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:58:33 GMT

    ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said.

  • The Latest: Sheriff: 67-year-old man killed 2 deputies

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:53:23 GMT

    ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two sheriff's deputies and another person (all times local):

  • Trial over gallery's fake paintings ends with settlement

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:47:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A civil trial exposing the ugly underbelly of New York's art world ended with a settlement just as the once highly respected president of a gallery was to testify Wednesday about selling forged fakes of modern masters for millions of dollars.