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  • SkyWest pilot suspected drunk, arrested in South Dakota

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:53:39 GMT

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police arrested the pilot of a SkyWest Airlines plane on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol Wednesday before the passenger jet could leave a South Dakota airport.

  • Little Rock police release name of officer in fatal shooting

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:53:28 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police have identified the officer who fatally shot an armed man while investigating a reported disturbance.

  • Arkansas scientist pleads in rice seed theft case

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:46:21 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 61-year-old scientist has pleaded guilty to a federal charge nearly three years after he was accused of stealing proprietary seeds developed in the U.S. and giving them to a delegation visiting from China.

  • Tense standoff at Dakota Access protest encampment

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:42:42 GMT

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The prospect of a police raid on an encampment protesting the Dakota Access pipeline faded as night fell Wednesday, with law enforcement making no immediate move after protesters rejected their request to withdraw from private land.

  • U.Va. dean says rape article led to 'perception issue'

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:37:18 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia dean says a perception issue stemming from a magazine article about an alleged gang rape on campus affected an administrator's ability to work with students.

  • 2 arrested in theft of Super Bowl ring from Broncos star

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:32:56 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested on suspicion of breaking into the home of Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware and stealing his Super Bowl 50 ring.

  • 2 soldiers being held in disappearance of fellow soldier

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:19:48 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mother of a Fort Campbell soldier missing for nearly two months, Pfc. Shadow McClaine, said Wednesday that she's praying two other soldiers being held as "persons of interest" will lead authorities to her daughter.

  • Man pleads guilty to killing teen at Ohio sandwich shop

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:09:08 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Less than two weeks after fatally shooting a teenager helping relatives at an Ohio sandwich shop, a 20-year-old man has agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the possibility of being sentenced to death.

  • D.A.: Villanova student secretly filmed in campus bathrooms

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:08:50 GMT

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Villanova University student used a cellphone camera to secretly video in public restrooms and a classroom on the school's Main Line Philadelphia campus.

  • Ex-Sandusky attorney to serve 20 months in tax evasion case

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:06:30 GMT

    CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — An attorney who helped represent former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his child sex abuse trial has been sentenced to 20 months in prison on federal tax evasion charges.

  • Jury convicts man of killing 4 tied to Omaha medical school

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:47:48 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former doctor was convicted Wednesday in the revenge killings of four people, including the 11-year-old son of a faculty member he blamed for his firing 15 years ago from an Omaha medical school's pathology residency program.

  • Ex-friends dispute 'Jackie's' narrative about alleged rape

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:20:39 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Two ex-friends of the woman who says she was gang-raped at the University of Virginia disputed her description of their conversations after the alleged assault.

  • Utah police probing how teen got gun in shooting near school

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:16:18 GMT

    SANDY, Utah (AP) — Police are working to determine how a 14-year-old got a gun used to critically wound another teenager after an argument near a Salt Lake City-area middle school.

  • Proposed settlement in West Virginia chemical spill

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:09:42 GMT

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A proposed settlement has been reached between Charleston residents and a chemical company accused of not doing enough to safeguard West Virginia's capital city from a spill that polluted the drinking water of thousands of people in 2014.

  • 2 charged with trying to bring guns into Disney parks

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:06:35 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say two guests who tried to carry guns into Walt Disney World theme parks have been charged with carrying a concealed firearm.

  • When Hispanic teens vanished, did New York police do enough?

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:58:11 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Hispanic teenagers began vanishing last winter in Brentwood, a working-class suburb 40 miles east of New York City.

  • Rapper Coolio pleads guilty to bringing gun to airport

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:54:38 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Coolio has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to bringing a concealed firearm to Los Angeles International Airport last month.

  • Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strike

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:45:38 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A man who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston Children's Hospital two years ago, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial.

  • Police investigate destruction of Trump's Hollywood star

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:24:20 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating a pre-dawn attack that destroyed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame less than two weeks before the election.

  • Authorities: Nanny charged in death of baby force fed liquid

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:21:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland woman working as a nanny has been arrested after police said she force fed an 8-month-old baby girl who died.

  • Virginia won't oppose overturning convictions in '97 slaying

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:17:28 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia attorney general's office said Wednesday that it will no longer oppose overturning the rape and murder convictions of two former sailors after a federal judge declared last month that "no sane human being" could find the men guilty.