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Mother says slain woman was trying to rebuild her life

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:11pm

A Utah woman who police say was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend got a restraining order after a beating that left her badly bruised in a relationship marked by violence, her mother said.

Mistrial in S. Carolina police shooting mystifies observers

Errin Haines Whack and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:11pm

The video clearly showed a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

After mistrial, slain SC man's family still expects justice

Bruce Smith and Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:11pm

Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death.

7 Texas special-needs teens were regularly locked in closet

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:02pm

Seven special-needs teenagers living near Houston were repeatedly locked away in a closet by their adoptive mother and restricted to a lone room strewn with human waste, state and county officials said Tuesday.

Former policeman, wife accused of stealing $73K from charity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:01pm

Law enforcement officials say a former Boise police officer and his wife are accused of stealing roughly $73,800 from a charity.

Man fatally shot by police after Ohio crash was UAE citizen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:01pm

The Ohio attorney general's office says a man fatally shot by police after a car accident was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates and a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dylann Roof's lawyers want delay after officer's mistrial

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:01pm

Lawyers for Dylann Roof said the publicity surrounding the mistrial of a police officer in a murder trial across the street from where Roof's trial is set to begin Wednesday should delay the start of his case.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:55pm

Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence.

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Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:54pm

President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company's commitment to invest billions in the U.S.

Police officer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won't be charged in shooting that paralyzed motorist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:51pm

Police officer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won't be charged in shooting that paralyzed motorist.

Florida officers fatally shoot man they say pointed gun

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:42pm

Authorities in central Florida say officers fatally shot a man after he pointed a gun at them.

Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting study

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

The Pentagon and the White House on Tuesday played down a report that the Defense Department had discarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years.

Trooper responding to call of erratic driver killed by him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

A recently married rookie state trooper responding to an emergency call about an erratic driver was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when the erratic driver, traveling in the opposite direction, crossed a grassy median and slammed into his marked cruiser head-on, authorities said.

Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

Kevin Freking and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:23pm

President Barack Obama vigorously defended a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America's military footprint, drawing a sharp contrast Tuesday to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.

Researchers worry as info lags on pot use by older adults

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20pm

Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana — a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

Former Oklahoma state trooper sentenced to 8 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:14pm

A former Oklahoma state trooper accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

Feds seek 17 to 21 years for ex-congressman Chaka Fattah

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:12pm

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 17 to 21 years for a former Pennsylvania congressman convicted of a racketeering scheme that included a string of illicit financial moves to cover up an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

Man charged with 4 murders in Los Angeles shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:11pm

A man alleged to be a Jamaican gang member has been charged with four counts of capital murder stemming from a deadly shooting in South Los Angeles.

The Latest: Erratic driver blamed for deadly trooper crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:11pm

The Latest on the death of a New Jersey state trooper in a head-on car crash (all times local):