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  • Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:45:05 GMT

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.

  • Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:28:34 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and she prayed for his death when she heard he was involved and that the rampage might still be underway.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:01:49 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2016. There are 322 days left in the year.

  • After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:23:34 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy.

  • Police: Shooting at Phoenix-area school was a murder-suicide

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:14:44 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police said.

  • North Korea halts probe into fate of kidnapped Japanese

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:26:46 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch and said in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

  • Police called to home of 'affluenza' teen's dad, no charges

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:52:06 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say officers were called to the residence of "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch's father to investigate claims that he attacked his girlfriend, but she wouldn't cooperate and no charges were filed.

  • Alabama woman convicted in girl's running death dies

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:51:51 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing.

  • Egyptian doctors revolt against escalating police abuses

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:33:12 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — When a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal. Police beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.

  • Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:32:01 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide.

  • The Latest: Faculty asks university's president to resign

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:31:47 GMT

    The Latest on the turmoil at Mount St. Mary's University after an uproar over the president's plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds:

  • Baylor regents set measures to curb sexual assault

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:27:08 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents announced on Friday that they have approved added measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and additional training for faculty and staff.

  • The Latest: Arizona school shooting was murder-suicide

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:18:27 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a high school in a Phoenix suburb (all times local):

  • Baylor regents announce new responses to sexual assaults

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:15:15 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents have announced new measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and providing additional training for faculty and staff.

  • 2 more men charged in Southern jewelry robberies

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:08:29 GMT

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two more men accused of participating in a string of jewelry store robberies across the South are facing federal charges in Florida.

  • Dominican police kill suspect in attack on German tourist

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:03:51 GMT

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Police in the Dominican Republic say they have killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of an elderly German tourist during a robbery.

  • Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:03:28 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

  • Activists say officer's shooting conviction no bellwether

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:53:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police-reform activists, who have come to expect disappointment any time an officer is accused in a killing, expressed surprise Friday over the conviction of a patrolman who shot an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell but said they don't necessarily see the case as a turning point in the national debate over police accountability.

  • Texas 1st state to recommend court ban on bite mark evidence

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:38:48 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.

  • Police officer fatally shot while on patrol in Haiti capital

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:21:01 GMT

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian police officer has been killed by multiple gunshots as he patrolled a rough section of the country's capital on a motorcycle.

  • Autopsy: Slain New Jersey sex worker possibly strangled

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:04:50 GMT

    MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — A sex worker who disappeared near a remote stretch of Long Island beach highway that was later revealed to be a suspected serial killer's dumping ground for bodies might have been strangled, according to a new autopsy.