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'Barefoot Bandit' released from prison; will work for lawyer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:43pm

The man who became known as the "Barefoot Bandit" during a teenage crime spree in stolen cars, boats and planes has been transferred from prison to a work-release facility.

New streetcar line along historic New Orleans neighborhoods

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:42pm

New Orleans' newest streetcar line will open Sunday, carrying riders along the edge of the French Quarter and part of an adjacent neighborhood.

Obama: 'best people' make US military world's strongest

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:42pm

In a farewell visit of sorts, President Barack Obama on Wednesday told Virginia-based service members that the U.S. military is setting a good example for the rest of the country during a heated and divisive political campaign season.

Minnesota police shooting probe goes to prosecutors

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:41pm

Minnesota investigators looking into the July shooting of a black man by a suburban St. Paul police officer announced Wednesday that they've turned their findings over to a county prosecutor who will review the case for possible charges.

Court: Law banning people's ballot photos unconstitutional

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:41pm

A state law that prohibits voters from posting photos of their ballots online suppresses a large swath of political speech and is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:40pm

A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.

Witness says he told Gov. Christie's aides about bridge plot

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:33pm

Republican Gov. Chris Christie's senior staffers and advisers were told about the political revenge plot involving the George Washington Bridge at a time the governor has said he was still largely in the dark, the former bridge authority official testifying in the lane-closing trial said Wednesday.

The Latest: Hundreds attend funeral for man shot at protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:32pm

The Latest on protests following the shooting of a black man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

The Latest: Police shot man 1 minute after arrival at scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:31pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by police in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

Feds change signage on trailhead named after black cowboy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:31pm

Though local officials decided not to change the name of eastern Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, federal land managers have decided to mark the trail by less controversial name.

Official: Teacher, 1 child from shooting in good condition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:31pm

The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

Officials: Suspect in Texas slayings was in US illegally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:22pm

U.S. immigration officials say a man suspected in a pair of Dallas-area killings was in the country illegally after three deportations to Mexico.

Police in a San Diego suburb say an officer shot a mentally ill black man a minute after arriving at scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:21pm

Police in a San Diego suburb say an officer shot a mentally ill black man a minute after arriving at scene.

FBI director: More 'attempted intrusions' in voter databases

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:21pm

FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Wednesday there have been additional "attempted intrusions" in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known, and that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election.

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Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:21pm

In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:20pm

Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Black man shot dead by police near San Diego ID'd as Ugandan

Julie Watson and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:14pm

Police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon shot and killed a black man a minute after arriving near a strip mall to investigate a report of a mentally unstable person walking in and out of traffic, an official said Wednesday.

Growing California wildfire threatens remote mountain homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:11pm

A growing and destructive wildfire moved toward remote California homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Wednesday as it scorched its way through bone-dry brush and trees.

Cedar Rapids fends off flood damage with temporary barriers

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:01pm

An elaborate system of temporary floodwalls is so far protecting thousands of homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids from major flooding.

University of Utah launching new refugee research center

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:01pm

The University of Utah launched a new research center on integrating refugees into American communities Wednesday, marking the latest indication of the state's receptive tone toward refugees at a time when some others are tightening the hatches.