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  • Correction: Tulsa-Police Shooting story

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:33:49 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In a story June 26 about a decision not to press charges against Tulsa, Oklahoma, law officers in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, The Associated Press misidentified the man. His name was Joshua Barre, not Jason Barre.

  • APNewsBreak: Family to sue, says white officer's shooting of black man in Louisiana fit pattern of racist behavior

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:31:47 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — APNewsBreak: Family to sue, says white officer's shooting of black man in Louisiana fit pattern of racist behavior.

  • Man sits in jail when drywall power is mistaken for cocaine

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:28:28 GMT

    OVIEDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine.

  • Jury out to deliberate in Nemtsov murder case

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:24:14 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A jury on Tuesday began deliberating in the case of five men accused of involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

  • Fourth of July fireworks discouraged for sake of bald eagles

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:05:08 GMT

    COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) — Independence Day traditions in one small Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the United States.

  • US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:34:12 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy paid tribute on Tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

  • Jury to deliberate in Nemtsov murder case

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:33:43 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A jury is expected to begin deliberating in the trial of five men accused of involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

  • China hits back at US on human trafficking downgrade

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:23:35 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for speaking "irresponsibly" ahead of an expected Trump administration move to name China among the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

  • Police: 9-year-old boy dies after shooting in Indianapolis

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:01:17 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after being shot at an Indianapolis apartment complex.

  • 3 sentenced in Mississippi in police officers' deaths

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:48:20 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three people who pleaded guilty in connection to the deaths of two Mississippi police officers have been sentenced.

  • Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:12:56 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills.

  • Teens accused of blowing money on jewelry, cars and teeth

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:54:25 GMT

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Six Florida teens are accused of stealing a man's life savings and blowing it on jewelry, cars and even gold teeth.

  • Police: Boy dies after being shot in yard of Chicago home

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:44:13 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old boy has died after being shot in the backyard of a Chicago home.

  • Questions raised about Liu Xiaobo's prison medical treatment

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:21:08 GMT

    SHENYANG, China (AP) — As recently as February, Liu Xiaobo's brother dismissed reports that the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace laureate might be ill. Then came the bombshell on Monday that Liu has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and transferred to a hospital on medical parole.

  • Dutch sleuth hopes for breakthrough in biggest US art heist

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:18:50 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth who says he's following two possible leads in the largest art heist in U.S. history is hoping a $10 million reward will help track down the collection stolen from a Boston museum in 1990.

  • 15 inmates indicted in Massachusetts prison disturbance

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:31:24 GMT

    SHIRLEY, Mass. (AP) — Fifteen inmates at a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts are facing charges in connection with a riot earlier this year that destroyed a housing unit.

  • Dozens of prospective jurors beg off 'Pharma Bro' case

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:34:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Several prospective jurors have been excused from the federal securities fraud trial of an ex-pharmaceutical company executive because they claimed they couldn't be impartial.

  • California father accused of killing son to appear in court

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:22:38 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man suspected of killing his 5-year-old son, who has been missing for more than two months, is due in a Las Vegas courtroom for an extradition hearing.

  • What's next for Brazil's Temer following corruption charge?

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:16:26 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Embattled in Congress and unpopular on the streets, President Michel Temer has now been charged with corruption by Brazil's top prosecutor in the wake of a plea bargain signed by executives of meatpacking company JBS. It is the first time that a sitting Brazilian president has been charged, but Temer has pledged to stay in office. In less than two months, he could be suspended from office, raising even more doubts about Brazil's future until October 2018 general elections.

  • Judge suspends all Iraqi deportations in US for 2 weeks

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:49:00 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily suspended the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals in the U.S. while he determines whether his court is the proper place to consider their fears of physical harm if they're kicked out of the country.

  • Mother, 3 children struck by car while walking along road

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:24:50 GMT

    MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in New York say a mother and her three children have been struck by a car and injured while walking along the shoulder of a road in a busy shopping area.