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Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit

Kristin J. Bender and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:42pm

A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest.

Florida adds prizes to boost python removals in Everglades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:40pm

Florida is making it easier for people to help remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a U.S. drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking.

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Jury divided in 1st trial for Cliven Bundy's Nevada standoff

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

A federal jury in Las Vegas found two men guilty Monday in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch in 2014, but then deadlocked on federal charges against four others.

Condemned men seek appeals even after decades behind bars

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

Last-ditch legal appeals could block the executions of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be put to death Monday after spending more than two decades behind bars. What's left to appeal after so many years? A look at some issues that can stop a lethal injection at the last minute.

Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

Andrew Demillo and Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:33pm

Two Arkansas killers set to die Monday in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years acknowledge they're guilty but fear the lethal injections could subject them to excruciating pain due to their various health problems.

Charity con man can be asked to pay restitution, court rules

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:30pm

A Maryland saxophone player who was convicted of defrauding a Montana charity could be required to pay restitution to victims of similar schemes throughout the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Millions of spoiled onions disposed of in Idaho, Oregon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:28pm

An estimated 100 million pounds of spoiled onions have been disposed of in Idaho and Oregon following a winter of unprecedented snowfall.

The Latest: Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:24pm

The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks (all times local):

Trump to order review of monuments

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:04pm

President Trump is expected to roll out an executive order Wednesday directing an Interior Department review of presidential monument designations over the past 20 years, including the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Police: 3 slain in gang-related shooting at home in Savannah

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:03pm

Police said a shooting involving gang members left three people dead early Monday inside a home in Savannah, ending the longest streak in two years that the city had experienced no killings.

Husband: Wife's fatal stabbing near Paris was random attack

Kathy McCormack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:03pm

A New Hampshire woman who was stabbed to death near Paris was attacked at random by a homeless man who was deemed unfit to stand trial, her husband said Monday.

Man shot by Virginia officer is charged with manslaughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:00pm

A man shot by a Virginia police officer has been charged with manslaughter in the slaying of his live-in girlfriend.

Affidavit: Teen threatened attack on Columbine anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:50pm

A Virginia teenager has been arrested on a weapons charge after court records say he threatened to carry out a violent attack on his school on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Don Thompson and Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:50pm

A Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run, according to federal court documents filed Monday.

Minneapolis mayor opens up about sexual abuse as a child

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:50pm

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she was sexually abused as a child.

Man admits role in woman's death, to testify against friend

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:43pm

A former classmate of a missing New Jersey woman admitted Monday he helped throw her body into a river and agreed to testify against another friend who's accused of strangling the woman and stealing thousands of dollars from her.

The Latest: County defends sheriff who resigned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:43pm

The Latest on an investigation into allegations at a rural Utah jail (all times local):

The Latest: Man beaten while jaywalking says it's a blur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:34pm

The Latest on man punched by officer in jaywalking dispute (all times local):

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:33pm

Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds.