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  • Utah midwife ordered to face trial in baby's death

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:04:44 GMT

    CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A Cedar City midwife has been ordered to stand trial on a felony manslaughter charge in the 2012 death of a premature baby.

  • Cops: Dad errantly shoots, kills son while hunting

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:43:52 GMT

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a father has accidentally shot and killed his adult son during a hunting trip in New Jersey.

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:40:29 GMT

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

  • Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:50:29 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — State police say a man stripped inside a women's bathroom at Boston's Logan Airport, climbed into a dropped ceiling, crashed through it and landed on the floor, then assaulted an elderly man while he was still naked and bleeding.

  • Man sets house on fire, kills responding deputy

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:49:54 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers and firefighters Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.

  • Bighorn sheep escapes from LA Zoo, struck by car

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:23:47 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday and was struck by a hit-and-run driver before it could be corralled, police said.

  • Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:03:41 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

  • Ferguson announcement does not appear imminent

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:25:32 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even though there was no sign that the grand jury had reached a decision.

  • Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:38:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demanded a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident.

  • Woman who was raped, burned dies in Kansas

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:04:45 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head.

  • Russian tourist arrested for vandalizing Colosseum

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:58:02 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italian authorities say a Russian tourist has been fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for engraving a big letter 'K' on a wall of the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism by tourists at the ancient structure.

  • Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:57:54 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah.

  • Police: Pregnant woman, 3 others fatally shot

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:31:14 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed along with three other people in a shooting at a Cleveland home that also injured the pregnant woman's 9-year-old daughter but left the woman's toddler son unharmed, police said Saturday.

  • Florida shootout leaves deputy, gunman dead

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:15:54 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff's deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers, officials said.

  • Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:45:37 GMT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

  • Report questions role of wealth in Lanza's care

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:36:57 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

  • Source: NKorean escapes kidnap attempt in Paris

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:59:32 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.

  • Florida shooting leaves 2 dead, 1 injured

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:38:58 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida official says a sheriff's deputy and a gunman have been killed in shootout near Tallahassee.

  • Pregnant woman, 3 others shot, killed; girl hurt

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:35:03 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman and three others were shot and killed in a Cleveland home, and a 10-year-old girl was wounded but expected to survive.

  • Ferguson grand jury unusual in many ways

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:07:06 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There are several unusual things about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

  • Official: SD man kills 4, including self, wounds 1

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:02:59 GMT

    SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man apparently shot and killed three people and wounded a fourth at a home on a South Dakota Indiana reservation before he killed himself.