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  • Protests remain peaceful outside Charlotte Panthers NFL game

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:28:33 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nightly protests have shaken the city of Charlotte since the shooting death of a black man by police last week, but Sunday's NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings managed to open without interruption.

  • Charlotte police release video of shooting but doubts remain

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:42:25 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nightly protests have shaken the city of Charlotte since the shooting death of a black man by police last week, but Sunday's NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings managed to open without interruption.

  • More abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics doctor

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:38:24 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former USA Gymnastics team physician accused of sexually abusing at least two gymnasts faces 16 more abuse complaints at the university where he was a faculty member, according to a newspaper report on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Dozens visit makeshift memorial at shooting site

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:55:38 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Officers surround Charlotte stadium protesters

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:18:21 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Clinton visiting NC ahead of Charlotte visit

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:39:48 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Increased police presence at Charlotte NFL game

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:18:52 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Charlotte protests remain peaceful another night

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:09:07 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Protests expected around Charlotte Panthers game

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:32:53 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

  • Penn St, insurer settle fight that revealed scandal details

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:24:49 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Penn State has settled a court fight with its insurer over payments to victims of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a case that revealed new allegations about how early late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew of accusations against his assistant coach.

  • The Latest: Man who hit Sacramento mayor with pie is charged

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:14:43 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the pie assault of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (all times local):

  • The Latest: Westbrook says fatal Tulsa shooting hits home

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:01:51 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Chief: At least 1 body camera video of shooting

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:44:53 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Charlotte following the shooting of a black man by police (all times local):

  • The Latest: Mayor: 'Question is on timing' of video release

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:32:50 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Charlotte following the shooting of a black man by police (all times local):

  • The Latest: Chief: Suspect arrested in protester's shooting

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:22:43 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Charlotte following the shooting of a black man by police (all times local):

  • The Latest: Kansas City police investigate 'good shoot' post

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:06:49 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man (all times local):

  • The Latest: Charlotte curfew over shooting ends for Friday

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:44:29 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Charlotte following the shooting of a man by police (all times local):

  • Diaper change as molestation? Experts doubt Arizona charges

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:36 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Statements from the Arizona Supreme Court equating diaper-changing to child molestation and the provocative social media headlines that followed have left parents nervous that one day they will need an attorney more than a nanny.

  • Sacramento mayor tackles protester who hit him with pie

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:31:20 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left battered and facing assault charges.

  • Man who hit Sacramento mayor with pie to face felony charge

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:28:11 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who hit Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie is expected to be formally charged with felony assault on Friday.

  • Charlotte stays largely peaceful during 3rd night of protest

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:10:13 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A third night of protests over a fatal police shooting in Charlotte gave way to quiet streets early Friday after the city's mayor enacted a curfew and rifle-toting members of the National Guard arrived to guard the city's business district.

  • The tale of the tape: when should police videos be released?

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:03:03 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Two police shootings, both recorded by police. In one city, the police recordings were released almost immediately and protests remained calm. In the other, the chief has so far refused to provide the videos to the public and violent protests have wrought destruction in the heart of the city. Two different outcomes that raise some key questions: How soon are police obligated to release the recordings and why might they keep a lid on it?

  • Criminal charges in Tulsa police shooting may prevent unrest

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:33:25 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Less than a week after an unarmed black man was shot dead by a white police officer on a Tulsa street, prosecutors charged the officer with first-degree manslaughter, a decision that may prevent unrest in a city with a long history of tense race relations.

  • Lead crisis in housing project was actually no surprise

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:01:31 GMT

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — When the mayor in this industrial town ordered the evacuation of a 40-year-old public-housing complex this summer because of severe lead contamination, many people wondered: How could the problem have been overlooked for so long?

  • New laws and rulings could cause Election Day confusion

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:21:50 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — With more than 120 million Americans expected to cast ballots for president this fall, the nation's voting process seems more convoluted than ever and rife with potential for confusion come Election Day.

  • 3rd night of Charlotte protests stay largely peaceful

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:42:46 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters massed on Charlotte's streets for a third night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man.

  • NY governor's ex-top aide among 9 charged in bribery case

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:20:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former top adviser who Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo once likened to a brother was among eight men arrested Thursday in a bribery and fraud case that threatens to tarnish Cuomo's efforts to spur the upstate economy and darken a reputation that until now has been spared from a federal prosecutor's anti-corruption crusade.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:01:24 GMT

    Members of a Bolivian student band surprised onlookers when they dressed up as Star Wars characters to perform The Imperial March, among other songs, in downtown La Paz.

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer charged in man's death

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:30:41 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a white Oklahoma police officer with first-degree manslaughter Thursday, less than a week after she killed an unarmed black man on a city street and just days after police released graphic videos, saying in court documents the officer "reacted unreasonably."

  • Supplier: No listeria in product before going to Blue Bell

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:27:42 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries blamed for a possible listeria contamination of some of its ice cream said Thursday that its product tested negative for the pathogen before it was sent to the Texas-based company.

  • Small town laments loss of football season due to hazing

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:25:59 GMT

    PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) — The scoreboard at the edge of Philomath High School's football field is dark. The stands are empty. This year, there are no varsity games that brought together many of the town's 4,500 people.

  • The Latest: Kaloyeros' lawyer says client will be exonerated

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:51:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on federal charges against a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (all times Eastern):

  • Kansas AG questions feds' $26K in spending on Gitmo surveys

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:17:38 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general released a document Thursday showing that the U.S. Department of Defense spent nearly $26,000 surveying potential sites last year for housing terror suspects now held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and questioned whether the spending is legal.

  • Charlotte police refuse to release video of deadly shooting

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:59:17 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte police refused under mounting pressure Thursday to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man, as the National Guard arrived to try to head off a third night of violence in this city on edge.

  • The Latest: Family sees Charlotte police shooting video

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:56:55 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man. (all times local):

  • Report on assault by HS teammates: Bullying widespread

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:32:28 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation launched after a freshman high school player in Tennessee was attacked by three teammates at a holiday basketball tournament has revealed "widespread, systemic problems going unaddressed at every level" in his county's public schools.

  • Arkansas court rejects challenge to medical marijuana plan

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:22:09 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt to block votes from being counted on an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but two other challenges to the November ballot measures remain pending before the justices.

  • California pot farm violence concerns rise during harvest

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:59:25 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The four brothers were badly beaten, cold and terrified for their lives when they appeared before dawn at a stranger's Northern California door begging for help.

  • Lawyer: Prosecutors demonized coach accused of killing boy

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:41:20 GMT

    CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A black former college soccer coach on trial in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old son has been demonized by prosecutors, his attorney said on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Tulsa mayor commends investigators in shooting

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:40:57 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the death of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma (all times local):

  • Witnesses: Sacramento mayor tackled man who hit him with pie

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:14:05 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man took a pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with the creamy dessert at a charity event, witnesses say, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left with stitches and facing assault charges.