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Attorney: Gorilla-masked student didn't intimidate activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

An East Tennessee State University student who disrupted an on-campus Black Lives Matter rally while wearing a gorilla mask and carrying around a rope and bananas regrets his actions and was not trying to intimidate anyone, his attorney said.

Man charged with murder in University of Illinois shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

A Champaign teenager has been charged with murder in a weekend shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus that killed one and injured three other people.

GOP hopeful not sorry for posts depicting Obamas as monkeys

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:24pm

A Kentucky Republican state House candidate is refusing to apologize for several Facebook posts depicting President Obama and the first lady as monkeys, but the state GOP chairman has condemned the posts and issued his own apology for them.

Prosecutor: Legislators bought marijuana from then-colleague

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:21pm

New Hampshire's attorney general says a Republican former lawmaker charged with trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter also smoked marijuana in the Statehouse and sold the drug to several other legislators. But the attorney general says there's insufficient evidence to charge them with drug crimes.

US official: Hackers targeted election systems of 20 states

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:15pm

Hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months, a Homeland Security Department official said Friday.

Ex-Christie aide's lawyer paints government witness as liar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:13pm

The attorney for one of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former aides raised questions Friday about the credibility of the prosecution's key witness during cross-examination in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial.

Man gets 35 years for killing, dismembering ex-wife

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:11pm

A man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing his ex-wife earlier this year and dumping her dismembered body in a central Florida state park.

Report: Day care investigated for "smack for a snack" game

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:11pm

Officials in Kentucky are monitoring a day care center after an investigation found that employees required children to be hit before they could get a snack.

Judge won't dismiss Bergdahl case over Sen. McCain comments

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:03pm

A military judge has rejected arguments that Sen. John McCain improperly swayed the prosecution of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with negative comments about the soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan.

California governor OKs sex crime bill tied to Stanford case

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:02pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he signed two bills that emerged amid national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a woman passed out near a trash bin.

Coast Guard: Number of Cubans caught at sea surges higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:01pm

The Coast Guard says the number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach U.S. shores has risen even higher amid Washington's increasing contact with Havana.

Clergy prays for healing in city where cop killed black man

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:54pm

Ministers led dozens of people in a prayer for unity, healing and peace Friday in a San Diego suburb following days of angry and sometimes violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black man.

Man convicted of stabbing dad to death, strangling grandma

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:41pm

A Pennsylvania man charged with killing his father and grandmother has been convicted of murder and other charges.

Postal worker hid piles of undelivered mail in her home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:31pm

A former postal worker in Tennessee has reached a plea deal after she was accused of keeping nearly 2,700 pieces of undelivered mail inside her home.

45th Albuquerque balloon fiesta set for weekend launch

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:31pm

The 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico. Here are some key things to know for the event:

Texas pulls out of federal refugee resettlement program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:21pm

Texas has formally stopped helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, citing alleged safety concerns.

Authorities investigate death of black man in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:11pm

Los Angeles County homicide detectives are investigating the death of a black man in Pasadena, and a witness says it occurred after a struggle with police.

14-year-old boy charged in father's killing, school shooting

Kate Brumback and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:02pm

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder after authorities say he killed his father and opened fire on students at a school playground, wounding three people.

Dad accused of drowning baby strapped in car seat gets life

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:01pm

An Ohio man accused of drowning his 4-month-old daughter in a river while she was strapped in her car seat has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Relatives of black man shot by white officer file lawsuit

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 11:42am

Relatives of a black man fatally shot by a white Misssippi police officer in 2015 are suing the city of Columbus, the former officer and others.