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2 sheriff’s deputies, suspect shot near San Diego

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Two sheriff’s deputies and a suspected child molester were injured Tuesday during a 15-minute shootout in suburban San Diego, authorities said. Daniel Robert Witczak, 30, opened …


Supreme Court refuses 4th stay for Texas execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stop the execution of a former Army recruiter who had received three previous reprieves from the court after …


APNewsBreak: Ex-Ala. prof convinced to take plea

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former college professor who killed three people and wounded three others during a faculty meeting wanted to go to death row and had to be …


Ex-LA gang member exonerated of murder, released

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former gang member imprisoned for 19 years for a murder he didn’t commit has been exonerated and set free. John Edward Smith, wearing glasses and …


Judge exonerates former LA gang member of murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A courtroom erupted in applause, cheers and shouts of “We love you” as a former gang member imprisoned for 19 years for a murder he didn’t …


FBI to investigate officer shooting double-amputee

HOUSTON (AP) — A caretaker at a group home for the mentally ill called police in the middle of the night because a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair was …


Ex-prof gets life in prison for meeting rampage

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at …


Obama: Libya assault ‘wasn’t just mob action’

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday “there’s no doubt” that the assault of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador …


Ex-prof in court on Ala. university shooting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A police investigator testified Monday during the murder trial of a former university professor that the woman denied having anything to do with the rampage that …


6 youth offenders caught after knocking out guard

SEATTLE (AP) — The teenage boys apparently planned their escape from the juvenile detention center in Washington state. Some had packed bags with them, and one boy even stuffed his …


AP Exclusive: Philadelphia man Nazi probe target

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against an 87-year-old Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, The Associated …


Houston officer kills double amputee in wheelchair

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the …


Suspect in Guatemala killings extradited to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Guatemalan soldier accused of taking part in a massacre during that country’s civil war more than a quarter century ago has been extradited to …


Facebook posts worry police in Pa. hostage-taking

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building — and not just because …


4 more sentenced in sexual assault of Texas girl

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — Four men who pleaded guilty in the repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old Texas girl were each sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, terms they …


9/11, Va. Tech. mediator to dole out Aurora funds

DENVER (AP) — The mediator who oversaw compensation for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks will oversee the distribution of money donated to the victims of the deadly shooting at …


After Facebook posts, Pa. hostage-taker surrenders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Klein Michael Thaxton hadn’t been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced …


Woman takes helm following Air Force sex scandal

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Air Force handed the reins of basic training to a woman Friday following a sex scandal in which 42 female recruits say they were improperly …


Mich. police reprimanded over homeless man’s death

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Saginaw police supervisor has been demoted and two officers have been disciplined for their roles in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding, mentally ill homeless …


Another sentenced in sexual assault of Texas girl

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — One of six men who have pleaded guilty in the repeated sexual assault of a young southeast Texas girl over a three-month period in late 2010 …


9/11, Va. Tech. mediator helps on Aurora shooting

DENVER (AP) — Facing criticism from families of victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, officials handling the distributions of donations are consulting with a mediator who oversaw compensation for …


Gang member to be exonerated of murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors are going to court Friday to seek dismissal of charges against a former gang member convicted of a drive-by murder in a gang infested neighborhood …


Colo. shooting suspect in court; DA seeks print

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Seeking to avoid any delays in the Colorado movie theater shooting case, prosecutors gave up their fight to see a notebook the suspect sent to a …


Ill. man guilty of murdering wife, kids in 2007

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — It took five years to get to the case to trial and five weeks to get through all the testimony. But it took just 50 minutes …


Wis. woman convicted in fetal-abduction case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman who confessed to trying to steal a baby by attacking a pregnant woman and slicing out her full-term fetus was convicted Thursday of killing …


Wis. woman convicted in fetal-abduction deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman was convicted Thursday of killing a pregnant woman and trying to steal her full-term fetus last year. A jury of six men and six …


Colo. suspect in court, this time without red hair

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — For the first time with hair that’s brown instead of a wild shade of orangish-red, the suspect in Colorado’s movie theater shooting appeared in court Thursday …


Prosecutors give up fight for Holmes’ notebook

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors are giving up their fight to see a notebook sent by the Colorado theater shooting suspect to a university psychiatrist. Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman told …


Ohio executes man for killing 2 strangers in 1989

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death-row inmate used his last words Thursday to repeatedly apologize to the family members of his two victims and tell them that he hopes …


Man suspected of threats faces weapons charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rants, racist remarks and menacing words permeate the Internet these days, so why did police decide to arrest a Yale dropout for investigation of making online …