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The latest: Some violence, vandalism in police protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:00am

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, California (all times are local):

Lawyer: Jury should hear about cop's 'auditory exclusion'

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:33pm

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death said she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired.

Family of slain black man wants police to release full video

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:13pm

An unarmed black man fatally shot by an officer in a San Diego suburb was unjustly killed and the police department and chief prosecutor are trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting, representatives of the man's family said Thursday in demanding the full video be shown.

Early, absentee voting begins throughout Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:41pm

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election in Wyoming has begun.

Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:21pm

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked.

Officials: Remains of NC teen who disappeared in 2011 found

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:01pm

The body of a North Carolina teenager whose adoptive parents were convicted of tax fraud related to her 2011 disappearance was found this week, officials said Thursday.

DUI enforcement to increase during 'Border War' game

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:01pm

Law enforcement agencies in Wyoming and Colorado will be teaming up for DUI and seat belt enforcement during Saturday night's "Border War" football game between the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

Families of US personnel ordered to leave Congo amid unrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:41pm

The State Department is halting most official U.S. government travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and ordering family members of U.S. government personnel to leave the country.

Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:21pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday the U.S. will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might.

California wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:40pm

A wildfire in a mostly remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday.

The Latest: Northern California wildfire has burned 8 homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:31pm

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

California governor approves gender-neutral restrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:01pm

Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

Disbarred lawyer pleads guilty in kidnap once called a hoax

Don Thompson and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:50pm

A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

Man awarded $140,000 for suffering in jail with broken neck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41pm

A federal jury has ruled that Tennessee's Knox County owes a former inmate $2,000 for each of the 70 days the man spent behind bars with an undiagnosed, untreated broken neck that caused him so much pain he considered killing himself.

Dad charged with attacking youth baseball coach with bat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:31pm

Authorities say a man from Pasadena has been charged with going after a youth baseball coach with a bat for benching his son.

Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired.

Police check if man tried to buy gun before mall shooting

Lisa Baumann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01pm

Detectives on Thursday were investigating a tip that the man accused of shooting and killing five people in a mall north of Seattle may have tried unsuccessfully to buy a handgun just hours before the slayings.

Alabama House panel issues subpoenas in impeachment probe

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:51pm

Alabama's House Judiciary Committee on Thursday subpoenaed documents from Gov. Robert Bentley and others as part of ongoing impeachment investigation.

Police shooting audio appears to back up officer statements

Tom Foreman Jr. and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

A Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.