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Charges dropped against teen accused in slaying of rabbi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:00am

Charges have been dropped against a teenager accused of killing a New York rabbi in Miami.

Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:31am

Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse.

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:22am

Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Man's competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:20am

A man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens is heading to court in Tampa to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

Eric Tucker and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:03am

The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, prosecutors said during a brief court appearance a day after her arrest in California.

'Grave Digger' driver hurt in crash at monster truck rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:01am

The driver of famed monster truck Grave Digger is recovering following a crash at a Florida rally over the weekend.

Virginia to execute man convicted in family's 2006 slaying

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 4:20am

Virginia is planning to execute a man convicted of killing a well-known family of four in their Richmond home on New Year's Day 2006.

Police: MLK Day shooting in Miami sparked by gangs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:51am

Police say rival gangs are to blame for a shooting at a park following the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in Miami.

Suspect in Florida officer's killing captured after manhunt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:41am

A Florida man wanted in the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer was wearing body armor and had two handguns when he was arrested at an abandoned house, authorities said.

Inaugural speech is Trump's time to rise to the moment

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:31am

Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

Donations pour in for boy found in Utah child abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:00am

Police say donations and well-wishes have poured in for a 12-year-old boy whose mother was arrested after he was found locked in a filthy bathroom and dangerously malnourished.

Advocates: Asylum-seekers are being turned away at border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30am

Immigrant advocacy groups said Tuesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are allegedly turning away asylum-seekers before their claims can be heard, violating obligations under U.S. and international law.

Janet Napolitano in hospital over side effect of cancer care

Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30am

University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering complications, the school system said.

Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:01am

Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Josh Lederman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:50am

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

DeVos: Won't dismantle public schools as education secretary

Maria Danilova and Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:30am

In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:20am

They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it's their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

Mom charged with taking her kids 3 decades ago to face judge

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:20pm

A mother charged with snatching her two daughters from Rhode Island in 1985 is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday after police found the three living in the Houston area.

A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:12pm

Fifty years ago Wednesday, a factory worker who claimed he was the notorious Boston Strangler was sentenced to prison.