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Venezuelan activist moves to US after release from 'dungeon'

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:51pm

Francisco Marquez says he constantly heard screams from prisoners being beaten in neighboring cells. He once saw a dozen inmates handcuffed, forced to run naked for hours under the hot sun as punishment for a failed escape attempt.

Police arrest California officer on prostitution allegation

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:21pm

The Oakland Police Department, already reeling from a large-scale sex scandal involving several of its officers, announced Thursday that another officer was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution and obstruction of justice charges in an unrelated case.

Firefighter thrown up to 20 feet in Portland gas explosion

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 6:12pm

An injured firefighter who's being hailed as a hero for helping to evacuate a building before a powerful gas explosion in a Portland shopping district said Thursday he was tossed up to 20 feet by the blast.

Wyo. Supreme Court hears former county attorney's appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:41pm

A lawyer on Thursday urged the Wyoming Supreme Court to overturn the criminal convictions of a former Albany County prosecuting attorney.

Minnesota firefighter discovers teen son killed in car crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:30pm

A volunteer firefighter from northwestern Minnesota made a grim discovery at a car crash — his teenage son was the victim.

Government appeals temporary block on transgender rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:20pm

The government is appealing a federal judge's decision to temporarily block an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in public schools nationwide.

Bride loses 100+ pounds after engagement pic wake-up call

Aj Willingham, CNN  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:16pm

What would it take for you to change your life? For Texas woman Haley Smith, a single joyful moment became a wake-up call.

Registered sex offender accused of killing California deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:12pm

A sheriff's deputy shot dead in rural northern California was killed by a man listed in state records as a registered sex offender shortly after the deputy arrived at a home to investigate a domestic disturbance, authorities said Thursday.

Records: Father texted about son while he sat in hot car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:31pm

Online chat service records presented in court show that a man charged with killing his 22-month-old son sent someone a message saying the toddler was "awesome" while the boy sat dying inside a hot SUV.

Woman charged in unsolved 1989 killing in Kansas

Maria Sudekum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:31pm

A 48-year-old Missouri woman has been charged in the death of a woman whose body was found nearly 30 years ago in Kansas City, Kansas, authorities announced Thursday.

Trial begins for Cedar City midwife accused of manslaughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:21pm

The lawyer for a Cedar City midwife accused of manslaughter in the death of premature infant says a snowstorm that delayed an ambulance trip to the hospital is really to blame for the tragedy.

GOP's Crapo confident in Idaho's election results

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:21pm

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho said Thursday through a spokesman that he is confident in the state's election process and will respect the results of next month's election.

Idaho man pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:01pm

A 34-year-old Idaho man has pleaded not guilty in a Wyoming court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Official: Bridge case witness a 'cancer' on transit agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:01pm

A New York official on the bistate agency that runs the George Washington Bridge on Thursday called the government's key witness in a politically motivated lane closing case a "dangerous character" at the agency.

Former city auditor convicted in envelope threat sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:01pm

A former elected Ohio city auditor found guilty of sending an ex-employer an envelope containing powder that appeared threatening but turned out to be harmless has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Deputies arrest paralyzed man who won $23 million verdict

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:51pm

A man who won a $23 million lawsuit against a Florida sheriff's office this year after being shot by a deputy and paralyzed has been arrested on charges that he sold heroin, marijuana and cocaine near a preschool.

The Latest: Police probing mentor texts in sex assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:50pm

The Latest on sexual assault charges filed against a Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a black man in August (all times local):

Most Syrian refugees arriving in US are kids; schools adapt

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:42pm

Seated at his desk at a suburban San Diego middle school, 12-year-old Abdulhamid Ashehneh tries not to let his mind wander to the painful memories of his life in civil war-torn Syria.

The Latest: Firefighter thrown 20 feet by gas explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:41pm

The Latest on a gas explosion in a popular Portland, Oregon, shopping district (all times local):

Student pilot in crash died of burns, smoke inhalation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:41pm

A medical examiner says a student pilot killed in a Connecticut plane crash that authorities believe was intentional died of burns and smoke inhalation.