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  • The Latest: Baton Rouge police say 2 officers, suspect shot

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:03:01 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on police shooting in Baton Rouge (all times local):

  • Police in Florida say armed suspect was shot after a chase

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:55:34 GMT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say an armed suspect fleeing the scene of a shooting was injured after an officer shot him during a chase.

  • Court cases challenge 'Shaken Baby' diagnosis

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:47:32 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California jury convicted Alan Gimenez of killing his infant daughter Priscilla after medical testimony revealed what some doctors say is a tell-tale sign she had been shaken: brain swelling and bleeding inside her skull and behind her eyes.

  • Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:44:45 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or weeks and wouldn't let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students.

  • Man who shot down drone pleads guilty to criminal mischief

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:40:52 GMT

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who shot down a drone flying above his neighborhood has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

  • As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:11:03 GMT

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

  • Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:02:13 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

  • Baton Rouge police say 2 officers, 1 suspect shot

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:46:30 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Baton Rouge police officers who were shot early Saturday during a confrontation with a suspect are hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

  • Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:40:11 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and she prayed for his death when she heard he was involved and that the rampage might still be underway.

  • 5 killed when car going wrong way slams into SUV in Ohio

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:07:02 GMT

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say five people are dead after a car going the wrong way on an Ohio interstate slammed head-on into an SUV.

  • Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:59:02 GMT

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rebels in northeast Congo killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, a local activist group reported Saturday, the latest attack in a region the United Nations says is facing deteriorating security.

  • Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:02:21 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.

  • Several injured in French casino robbery; 4 gunmen at large

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:40:31 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Police are searching for four gunmen who stormed a casino in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence, causing several injuries and stealing cash before fleeing.

  • Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:24:37 GMT

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant, the conservation group WWF said.

  • Gunmen kill police officer, wound 2 in Pakistani capital

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:16:56 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in the capital, Islamabad.

  • Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:45:05 GMT

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:01:49 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2016. There are 322 days left in the year.

  • After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:23:34 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy.

  • Police: Shooting at Phoenix-area school was a murder-suicide

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:14:44 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police said.

  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:26:46 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

  • Police called to home of 'affluenza' teen's dad, no charges

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:52:06 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say officers were called to the residence of "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch's father to investigate claims that he attacked his girlfriend, but she wouldn't cooperate and no charges were filed.