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  • Los Angeles police shoot, kill man after Skid Row struggle

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:42:12 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police shot and killed a man Sunday who struggled with officers on a sidewalk in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

  • Canadian gets 7 years in jail in Nepal for child sex abuse

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:24:36 GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Canadian tourist with several previous child sex convictions has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Nepal for sexually abusing a minor boy, the court said Monday.

  • Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:19:16 GMT

    BARLONYO, Uganda (AP) — This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive:

  • New round of snow could push Boston to season record

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:20:56 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England entered March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old snowfall record.

  • Aaron Hernandez trial delayed again due to snow

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:04:30 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been delayed again due to snow.

  • Popular Peru ex-minister charged in killing of journalist

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:10:29 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A retired army general widely seen as a possible presidential candidate has been formally charged with murdering a prominent journalist 26 years ago during the country's internal conflict, a prosecutor announced.

  • 3rd child dies after carbon monoxide leak in Ohio home

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:58:23 GMT

    TROY, Ohio (AP) — The third of four children exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide from a furnace in a home has died.

  • 30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:42:39 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

  • In Russia, dwindling opposition mourns Putin foe Nemtsov

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:29:36 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

  • 1 killed, 5 wounded in shooting at Detroit social hall

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:35:02 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Police say a 44-year-old man was killed and five other people were wounded when gunfire erupted during a party at a Detroit social hall.

  • Coroner: Man in wife's Christmas Eve ax slaying killed self

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:58:55 GMT

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of killing his wife with an ax on Christmas Eve was pronounced dead after a suicide attempt left him brain-dead, authorities said.

  • Upping juvenile criminal age to 18 may be Texas non-starter

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:59:05 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jason Wang and Johnny Truong were part of a gang that dressed as utility workers and held a suburban Dallas homeowner at gunpoint, making off with $68,000 in cash, electronics and jewelry before they were eventually caught.

  • Thousands march in Russia to mourn Putin critic Nemtsov

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:38:21 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," tens of thousands of people somberly marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition.

  • 15 artworks stolen from Chinese museum south of Paris

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:07:35 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French cultural officials say 15 pieces of art have been stolen from a Chinese museum south of Paris, including a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France's emperor in the mid-19th century.

  • Victim shot, killed in burglary was beloved Phoenix pastor

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:16:01 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A man shot and killed in a confrontation with burglars inside his Phoenix home was a church pastor known for helping former prison inmates and the homeless.

  • Process gets underway to carve up $60 million Sandusky fine

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:07:20 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use.

  • Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:43:39 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created unintended consequences, such as reducing the number of DNA samples taken from suspects.

  • Hong Kong arrests 33 in protest against Chinese shoppers

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:38:19 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested nearly three dozen people Sunday after scuffles broke out at a protest in a border town, in the latest example of heightened tensions over the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers in the city.

  • Boy killed in SUV crash; Florida woman charged with DUI

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:22:40 GMT

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old boy was killed after a Florida woman who was drunk crashed an SUV loaded with passengers.

  • Police: Man whose license suspended 41 times nabbed again

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:46:58 GMT

    YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a New York man whose license has been suspended 41 times has been nabbed again.

  • Crowd kills girl suspected to be suicide bomber in Nigeria

    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:26:58 GMT

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market.