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  • Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:53:26 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop has opened fire on Boston police and seriously wounded an officer before being killed by authorities. An apparent bystander also has been injured.

  • California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:48:39 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:35:55 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

  • Ex-police officer indicted in Kansas City-area stun gun case

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:27:34 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges accusing him of excessive force when he used his stun gun on a teenager during a traffic stop.

  • Police: Man stabs wife to death while their 7 kids are home

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:23:30 GMT

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A man stabbed his wife to death after he slapped one of their seven children for playing videogames and she confronted him about it, police said Friday.

  • Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:14:52 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Man charged in noose left on integration statue at Ole Miss

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:11:31 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday.

  • Lawyer: 'Indifference' led to inmate death, prison silence

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:58:02 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A four-month wait for information about the death of a Nevada prison inmate who a witness said was handcuffed when he was shot to death by a guard stemmed from deliberate indifference by state officials, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, a lawyer for the dead man's family said Friday.

  • Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:38:40 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans on Friday vowed to reopen a charged debate over a fetus' legal rights after prosecutors said they could not file homicide charges against a woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly.

  • No pay for ex-inmate cleared in murder, but not other crimes

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:35:11 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A north Louisiana judge Friday denied state compensation for Glenn Ford, a former death row inmate exonerated in a 1983 murder but, state lawyers say, still implicated in related crimes.

  • Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:34:56 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

  • Guatemala arrests gang suspect in journalist's killing

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:14:20 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An alleged gang member suspected of ordering the recent killing of a young journalist has been arrested, President Otto Perez Molina said Friday.

  • Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:07:00 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement for far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights.

  • Brazil federal police report massive tax fraud scheme

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:06:13 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The federal police agency said Friday it has begun legal proceedings against companies allegedly involved in a fraud scheme that has cost Brazil's public coffers almost $2 billion in unpaid fines and taxes.

  • Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:40:18 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of a New Hampshire woman found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could obtain U.S. citizenship.

  • Lawmakers, police chiefs clash over secrecy of officer names

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:38:59 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers thought they were doing police a favor when they passed a measure that would keep secret for two months the name of any officer involved in an on-duty shooting.

  • Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:34:34 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial.

  • NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:33:07 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • Medical examiner: 22-day-old baby girl starved to death

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:12:16 GMT

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

  • Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:10:49 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

  • Doctor: Detroit boy found in basement was denied food, water

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:03:36 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit boy missing for 11 days during a highly publicized search until he was found in his basement was the victim of physical and psychological abuse, a doctor testified Friday at a hearing to determine if his father and stepmother will stand trial.