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  • Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:49:08 GMT

    OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma inmate attacked his attorney with a razorblade moments before he was to be sentenced in the killings of two young girls and his fiancee.

  • Ex-FARC commander sentenced to 27 years in prison

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:36:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former commander in the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was sentenced to 27 years in prison for holding three American citizens hostage for 5 ½ years after their single-engine plane crash-landed in the Colombian jungle.

  • Doc ordered cyanide test for lack of explanation

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:26:24 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A physician who treated a Pittsburgh doctor says he ordered the test that eventually revealed a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood because he could find no other explanation for her sudden illness.

  • Driver smashes Oklahoma Ten Commandments statue

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:10:44 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Someone drove up a ramp near the Oklahoma Capitol steps overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces in an apparent act of vandalism, authorities said.

  • Man who killed 2 girls, then fiancee, gets prison

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:04:50 GMT

    OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of fatally shooting two young girls, then killing his fiancee three years later, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

  • Terror supporter sentencing delayed in FBI sting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:58:15 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in a case where an undercover FBI agent used Internet chats to pose as a financing middleman.

  • Woman guilty of pushing husband off cliff appeals

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:47:16 GMT

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman is appealing her conviction for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park last year.

  • Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:26:57 GMT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.

  • Police prepare for grand jury decision in Ferguson

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:54:31 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.

  • Motive sought in hatchet attack on NYC officers

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:51:05 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators were working on Friday to determine why a man attacked a group of New York Police Department officers with a hatchet before they shot him dead.

  • 8 people arrested in Latvia in match-fixing probe

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:36:03 GMT

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Eight people have been arrested in Latvia on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year.

  • Officer critical but stable after hatchet attack

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:50:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding man remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday.

  • 180 questioned about election fraud in Romania

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:46:42 GMT

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania say 180 people are being questioned on suspicion of election fraud in a referendum on ousting the president in 2012.

  • Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:41:25 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — It has been nearly 11 weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The Aug. 9 shooting and the protests that followed raised new awareness about the racial makeup of police departments and police use of military-style equipment, among other issues. Here's a look at where things stand:

  • 1st arrest made through use of pumpkin riot photos

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:16:26 GMT

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Keene police have made the first arrest as a result of asking the public for photos of the violent disturbances during a family-friendly pumpkin festival last weekend.

  • French journalists jailed in Indonesia's Papua

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:47 GMT

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Two French television journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in jail Friday for illegal reporting in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.

  • Chan wants to be better father after son's arrest

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:45:53 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan has pledged to become a better father after his son Jaycee was arrested on drug charges.

  • Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:33:56 GMT

    ONCUPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but within their sight smugglers offer to take travelers across for a surprisingly small fee.

  • Man shot by SC trooper recovering, seeks justice

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:22:52 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An unarmed man shot by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper last month says he's getting support from around the country.

  • Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:36:06 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.

  • Pistorius prosecutors consult expert over appeal

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:13:07 GMT

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius could still face a murder conviction and 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend as prosecutors said Friday they had consulted a South African criminal law expert over an appeal.