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  • 1 student killed, 3 wounded at Arizona campus during fight

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:15:02 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An overnight brawl between two groups of students escalated into gun violence Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University opened fire on four fraternity members, killing one and wounding three.

  • "Lucky one" in Oregon shooting speaks about massacre

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:49:42 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — The 18-year-old college student singled out by the shooter as the "lucky one" to survive and deliver a package to law enforcement spoke for the first time Friday about the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon.

  • Police: Trio used stolen gun to rob, kill 2 in California

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:49:40 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and then a yoga instructor two days later on a hiking trail north of the city, authorities said.

  • "Lucky one" in Roseburg shooting speaks about massacre

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:44:04 GMT

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The 18-year-old college student singled out by the shooter as the "lucky one" to survive and deliver a package to law enforcement has spoken for the first time about the massacre.

  • Shia LaBeouf charged with public intoxication in Texas

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:04:39 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf has been arrested and charged with public intoxication after an incident in Austin, Texas.

  • 1 fatally shot at Texas Southern University housing complex

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:43:06 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A student was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained two men for questioning, authorities said.

  • US airman's condition upgraded as he recovers from stabbing

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:35:46 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was upgraded from serious to fair condition Friday as he recovered from three stab wounds suffered in a late-night attack near a bar, UC Davis Medical Center officials said Friday, indicating that his vital signs are stable and normal and he is conscious.

  • Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:01:16 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago's violence, CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire on the city's streets.

  • 13-year-old boy accused in fatal shooting of girl, 12

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:58:16 GMT

    JASPER, Mo. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy deliberately shot and killed a 12-year-old girl outside a foster home in rural southwest Missouri where they both lived using a gun he had taken from the house, the local sheriff said Friday.

  • The Latest: German county declares refugee emergency

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:56:51 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

  • Ex-lottery security officer charged with rigging more games

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:54:36 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lottery security officer convicted in July of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot faces new allegations that he had close acquaintances cash in on lottery prizes in other states over several years, authorities said Friday.

  • UN rejects $15 million offer from foundation under scrutiny

    Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:15:36 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. office says it is rejecting the remainder of a $15 million offer from a foundation now under scrutiny after its leader, vetted and approved by the office earlier this year, was arrested and accused in an alleged bribery scheme.

  • 2 suspects identified in slaying of 'San Quentin 6' inmate

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 23:19:50 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials say two inmates already serving life sentences are suspects in the slaying of a notorious killer who spent 45 years in segregation after a bloody 1971 escape attempt at San Quentin State Prison.

  • The Latest: Cops questioning 2 men in Texas college shooting

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:44:57 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — The latest on a fatal shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex (all times local):

  • Charges dropped against Ron Paul's former campaign manager

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:24:58 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge dismissed charges Friday against Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign manager, leaving two other campaign operatives to stand trial on charges alleging they secretly paid an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement.

  • The Latest: Obama leaves Roseburg following shooting

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:14:52 GMT

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College (all times local):

  • Filing: Wrong man charged with killing whale off New Jersey

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:03:10 GMT

    A tuna fisherman charged with killing a pilot whale that died of a bullet wound said Friday the charges against him should be dismissed.

  • All clear after search for 'aggressor' on Louisville campus

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:01:07 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities say a report of shots fired on a college campus turned out to be unfounded.

  • Prosecutors play back ex-coal CEO's phone calls at trial

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:00:04 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's criminal trial, prosecutors have started replaying phone calls that the executive secretly recorded in his office.

  • $2M bail set for diplomat charged in UN bribery case

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:55:39 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Over a prosecutor's objection, bail was set at $2 million Friday for a Dominican Republic diplomat arrested in a bribe-related criminal case that also landed a former president of the United Nations General Assembly behind bars.

  • Official: Lottery scam linked to killing of Jamaica family

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:55:03 GMT

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Attackers killed six members of the same family and set their clapboard home on fire in northern Jamaica, and the island's security minister on Friday linked the massacre to the island's international lottery scam crime rings.