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  • Official: Teacher, 1 child from shooting in good condition

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:59:27 GMT

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

  • Black man shot dead in California just after police arrived

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:53:32 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon shot and killed a black man a minute after arriving near a strip mall to investigate a report of a mentally unstable person walking in and out of traffic, an official said Wednesday.

  • FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday as he again defended the agency's actions.

  • Authorities: School shooter killed father before rampage

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:42:58 GMT

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager killed his father at his home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said.

  • Christian rapper convicted of friend's murder in hit-and-run

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:42:49 GMT

    CLARKSBURG, Md. (AP) — A 26-year-old aspiring Christian rapper has been convicted of second-degree murder for intentionally running over a friend during an argument about CDs.

  • Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:34:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.

  • Minnesota police shooting probe goes to prosecutors

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:34:39 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota investigators looking into the July shooting of a black man by a suburban St. Paul police officer announced Wednesday that they've turned their findings over to a county prosecutor who will review the case for possible charges.

  • The Latest: Police shot man 1 minute after arrival at scene

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:24:26 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by police in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

  • Cuomo to 'set aside' cash from developers facing charges

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:19:39 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign will "set aside" $350,000 it received from developers facing federal corruption charges — while two other elected officials plan to either give contributions back or donate them to charity.

  • Officials: Suspect in Texas slayings was in US illegally

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:18:49 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say a man suspected in a pair of Dallas-area killings was in the country illegally after three deportations to Mexico.

  • AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:17:56 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • Black man shot dead by police near San Diego ID'd as Ugandan

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:02:10 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of a black man shot by an officer after authorities said the man pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance."

  • Official: 2 students, 1 teacher wounded in school shooting

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:35 GMT

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, wounding two students and a teacher before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities said.

  • Peru's ex-spy chief guilty of disappearing students

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:57:50 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimir Montesinos has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for "disappearing" a professor and two students in 1993.

  • California governor signs bill dumping rape reporting limit

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:46:56 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill eliminating California's 10-year time limit for prosecutors to file rape and child molestation charges.

  • The Latest: Friend: Starbucks victim was naturalized citizen

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:46:33 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a weekend shooting at a Starbucks in Las Vegas that left one man dead (all times local):

  • Prosecutor: Boy, 2, was groomed to handle guns, shot himself

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:40:12 GMT

    PERKASIE, Pa. (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old suburban Philadelphia boy who accidentally shot himself to death has been accused of leaving a loaded handgun out and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  • Coroner: Students' injuries in shooting not life-threatening

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:20:55 GMT

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

  • The Latest: Black man shot dead by police ID'd as Ugandan

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:18:52 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by police in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

  • Pro-Assad Syrian pleads guilty in US to role in hacking

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:12:06 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Syrian national pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for his role in a scheme that hacked computers and targeted perceived enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • The Latest: Man saved at sea tells AP he didn't kill grandpa

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:06:59 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the mystery surrounding a man who was rescued at sea after floating for a week on a life raft (all times local):