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  • Police: Woman found in fridge died months earlier

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:59:25 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators believe a woman was killed more than two months before her body was found stuffed in a disabled refrigerator in a vacant Houston apartment.

  • Blagojevich brother: I was fed 'pawn' to get then-governor

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:57:10 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

  • NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:53:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a pause in protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.

  • Police: NY shooter saw protest, didn't participate

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:45:59 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot two New York City police officers watched a protest over police-involved deaths earlier this month, but did not participate.

  • French power company to pay $772M in bribery case

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:38:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking foreign government officials for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.

  • Ex-headmaster guilty in child porn case

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:28:09 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A judge has convicted a former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school on 25 counts of dealing in child pornography.

  • Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:24:16 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday, a decision that prompted the man's family to immediately demand a federal investigation.

  • Former headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:03:37 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Former headmaster of elite Delaware prep school convicted of dealing in child pornography.

  • Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:01:34 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral relations.

  • 11 hurt after van drives into Christmas market in France

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:00:10 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's top security official says the driver of a van that crashed into a Christmas market in western France on Monday stabbed himself several times after the incident.

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:55:24 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.

  • Driver charged after car lands in river, boy dies

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:51:32 GMT

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving a car into a northern Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.

  • Arizona will change drugs used in executions

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:38:21 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death.

  • Change of leadership in Crimea means property grab

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:18:12 GMT

    YALTA, Crimea (AP) — One day in October, a dozen armed men in masks drove up to the gates of Yalta Film Studios. They weren't actors, and this was no make-believe.

  • Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:59 GMT

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:03:40 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.

  • 48 extra days in rape case probation violation

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:46:28 GMT

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.

  • 11 hurt after van drives into Nantes Christmas market

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:44:56 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A French official says 11 people are hurt, five seriously, after a van drove into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes.

  • Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:39:13 GMT

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil's state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are ballooning into the nation's biggest corruption scheme yet.

  • Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker's bribe claims

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:34:41 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker's allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country's fraught presidential vote.

  • Officials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:59:55 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — After the raid of a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring, 22 people face charges and hundreds of dogs are in shelters, authorities said Monday.