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Mayor's team will analyze police handling of beheading case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:51pm

The mayor of a Massachusetts city where a teenager's decapitated body was found is organizing an independent investigation into the police handling of the case.

The Latest: Reno school boss praises officers' response

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:51pm

The latest in the shooting of a 14-year-old student at a Reno high school by a campus police officer (All times local, PST):

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

Bill Draper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:42pm

Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts.

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there are other communal collectives in Oakland warehouses where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors.

The Latest: Search for missing Alaska plane slowed by fog

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

The Latest on missing Alaska plane with four on board (all times local):

House approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

The House has approved a wide-ranging bill to approve water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

Anger, anguish evident as pal of Smith's killer testifies

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:41pm

Anger and anguish were evident in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday as a friend of the man on trial for killing retired Saints star Will Smith repeatedly insisted that Smith and his friends were the aggressors following an April 9 traffic crash that was followed by heated words and multiple gunshots.

NYC mayor: 'Rigorous' probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:32pm

New York City is conducting a "rigorous" investigation into a "freak" radiator accident that led to the deaths of two toddler sisters, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:32pm

The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

North Carolina police kill stabbing suspect; children flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

A boy climbed through a window with his younger brother and called 911 after their mother was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, said police, who stormed the house and fatally shot the man when he lunged at them with a knife.

Georgia accuses US of trying to hack its election systems

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

The U.S. state of Georgia is accusing the Homeland Security Department of apparently trying to hack its election systems.

Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:24pm

The foreman of the jury that couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer initially wanted to convict Michael Slager of murder.

Kentucky man pleads guilty in family murder plot

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13pm

A Kentucky man charged with orchestrating the slayings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance who was enlisted to kill the family has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty Thursday to four counts of murder.

Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has testified he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant killed in 2013 in front of his step-kids.

The Latest: Jury foreman had felony charge dropped

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

The Latest on the jury foreman in the murder mistrial of a South Carolina police officer speaking publicly (all times local):

Correction: Roommate Stabbing-Student Charged story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

In a story Dec. 5 about a stabbing in Akron, The Associated Press, relying on information from police and court records, misspelled the first name of the man charged in the stabbing. His first name is Kendal, not Kendall.

Key provisions in the defense policy bill passed by Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

The Senate on Thursday decisively passed the annual defense policy bill, 92-7, a week after the House overwhelmingly approved the measure, 375-34. The votes give Congress solid veto-proof majorities in both chambers as the bill heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Detroit chief defends dropping charges in officer's death

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

Detroit Police Chief James Craig defended the decision to arrest and charge then drop charges against a man in the fatal shooting of a college police officer, saying Thursday that officers "are trying to catch a cop killer."

US-Canadian agency OKs changes for Lake Ontario water levels

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison.