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  • Fugitive on lam since 1959 waives extradition

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:57:02 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A fugitive who had been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 won't fight his extradition back to Ohio after his arrest in Florida.

  • 3 accused of operating fictitious police department

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:46:58 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say three people have been arrested for operating a fictitious police department that claims jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico and says it has existed for 3,000 years.

  • Attorney: Suspect in son's dismemberment is 'doting' mother

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:41:11 GMT

    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Michigan woman charged in her adult son's murder and dismemberment has described her to a jury as a doting mother.

  • Ohio woman who police say was killed by mom was suffocated

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:38:35 GMT

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county corner says a woman who police allege was killed by her mother was suffocated.

  • Man pleads not guilty to stalking actress Sandra Bullock

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:31:37 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested inside Sandra Bullock's home has pleaded not guilty to stalking the Oscar-winning actress.

  • DA: Sheriff's story raises questions about shooting of woman

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:29:37 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor says he has fundamental questions about a Georgia sheriff's account of conducting "police training exercises" when he accidentally shot a female real estate agent inside a model home for sale in a subdivision well outside his jurisdiction.

  • Woman in DuPont economic espionage case pleads guilty

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:26:35 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused along with her husband and former DuPont engineers of stealing trade secrets and selling them to China has pleaded guilty to a related charge.

  • Macedonia: 38 police, 1 protester hurt in overnight clashes

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:23:07 GMT

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Violent clashes overnight between protesters and police in the Macedonian capital Skopje left 38 officers and one protester injured, while 30 people were detained, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Illinois cousins appear in court in Islamic State case

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:21:37 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have told a federal judge in Chicago they'll soon start turning over evidence to lawyers for two suburban cousins accused of plotting terrorist attacks to support the Islamic State group.

  • No charges for Colorado farm workers videotaped hitting pigs

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:21:12 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — None of the workers caught on undercover video hitting pigs at a Colorado farm will face criminal charges.

  • Democrats fail to oust NY Senate's GOP leader after arrest

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:20:18 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Republican leader of New York's state Senate has survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

  • Jurors convict man of killing Chicago officer, ex-official

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:08:51 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors in Chicago have convicted a 24-year-old man in the shooting deaths of a Chicago police officer and a former Chicago Housing Authority official.

  • Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue

    Wed, 06 May 2015 17:08:26 GMT

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundian Police have arrested an opposition leader after he attended a meeting of foreign ministers from the East African Community who were seeking a solution to the unrest in the country triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

  • AP EXPLAINS: What's next for jury in missing NYC boy case?

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:50:19 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades — and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too.

  • Governor lifts state of emergency for Baltimore

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:43:32 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.

  • 4 arrested in Connecticut synthetic marijuana investigation

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:26:29 GMT

    WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

  • Chicago approves $5.5M package for police torture victims

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:07:46 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a $5.5 million reparations package for the victims of the city's notorious police torture scandal that also includes a formal apology and a promise to teach schoolchildren about one of the darkest chapters in Chicago's history.

  • Colorado pig farm workers fired after video shows abuse

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:05:31 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — An undercover video showing workers at a Colorado pig farm hitting animals with cans and boards has led to a criminal investigation and the firing of seven employees.

  • Woman charged with running crack delivery service from truck

    Wed, 06 May 2015 16:04:33 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck.

  • Autopsies: 2 of 3 Muslim students shot with gun held to head

    Wed, 06 May 2015 15:56:05 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway, according to autopsies released Wednesday.

  • Merkel aide denies wrongdoing in German-US spy affair

    Wed, 06 May 2015 15:36:40 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official denied any wrongdoing after appearing Thursday before a parliamentary committee over allegations that the country's spy agency acted against national interests in its cooperation with U.S. counterparts.