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The Latest: Witness describes shooting of Wisconsin cop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:20pm

The Latest on a string of shootings in northern Wisconsin that injured a police officer and at least two others and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown (all times local):

Man who stopped fight in video honored for his peacemaking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:14pm

A New Jersey man who interrupted a street fight between two teenagers in a video that has drawn millions of views and wide praise said Wednesday that he's saddened that his act of peacemaking isn't a more frequent occurrence.

APNewsBreak: California may face 'significant risk' from dam

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:14pm

California is courting a "very significant risk" if a damaged spillway on the nation's tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state's plan for the work leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The Latest: Man who stopped fight honored in Atlantic City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:07pm

The Latest on a video capturing a stranger stopping a fight between two teens (all times local):


Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy' era

Mark Sherman and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:07pm

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.

US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

Philip Issa and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:52pm

U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.

Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50pm

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment.

Highlights of expert report on badly damaged California dam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50pm

Preliminary findings by a panel of experts investigating problems at a damaged Northern California dam complex sketch an array of concerns about its condition, and whether repairs can be made quickly enough before the state's next rainy season. The Oroville Dam team was organized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its report was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The highlights:

The Latest: Some Hawaii Democrats wary about party switch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:50pm

The Latest on Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto's decision to leave the Republican Party (all times local):

Man jailed in abuse case now accused of murder solicitation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:40pm

A Pennsylvania karate instructor who was jailed after he was accused of molesting students is now charged with trying to solicit the murder of the alleged victims in the case.

Idaho man who didn't match DNA from killing is freed

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:32pm

An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession was freed Wednesday after spending half of his life behind bars.

The Latest: Police: Holes found in mom's account of shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:30pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Phoenix boy (all times local):

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What's the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?

Iowa victims group opposing bill on domestic abuse sentences

Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

A bill that would set mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat domestic abuse offenders in Iowa is drawing opposition from an unlikely source: one of the state's largest advocacy organizations for victims.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday — an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats.

Cops: Parents killed teen son, set family's NY home on fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Authorities have charged a New York couple with killing their teenage son and setting their rural upstate home on fire to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors: Conviction in Etan Patz case was proper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:20pm

Prosecutors say a defendant's murder conviction in a retrial over the disappearance and death of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 was the result of methodical deliberations by a New York City jury that was not improperly influenced.

Sheriff: Family kept decomposing body in home, took benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:10pm

An Ohio sheriff says deputies have found a family living with a Vietnam veteran's decomposing body and stealing his benefits.

Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black people

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday.