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Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:34pm

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun.

More than another call: Chief talks about school shooting

Kate Brumback and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:32pm

When two volunteer firefighters rolled up to an elementary school shooting, they said they found only a wrecked black pickup truck at the playground. There was no gunman, and no one inside the truck.

Police reviewing gun store video in mall shooting case

Lisa Baumann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30pm

Detectives are investigating a tip that the suspect in a deadly mall shooting north of Seattle may have tried unsuccessfully to purchase a handgun just hours before the slayings occurred.

Why is Chicago a murder capital? Clues from a bloody month

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30pm

Fourteen-year-old Malik Causey loved the way gangs took what they wanted from people on the street, the way members fought for each other, the way they could turn drugs into cash and cash into $400 jeans.

The Latest: Kidnapping victim's lawyer wants life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

The Latest on the plea change of a man charged with a California kidnapping that was initially dismissed as a hoax (all times local):

The Latest: Superintendent: Training saved students' lives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

The Latest on a teenager who is accused of killing his father before shooting three people at a school in South Carolina (all times local):

Milwaukee man convicted in shooting of 5-year-old

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

A jury convicted a Milwaukee man Thursday of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a 5-year-old girl who was fatally shot in the head as she sat on her grandfather's lap.

The Latest: 'Clean-burning igniter' exploded at Camp Minden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:10pm

The Latest on explosion at Camp Minden in northwest Louisiana (all times local):

Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:00pm

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

Witness says Christie aides prepped bridge case testimony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:53pm

The government's key witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal says people close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gathered on a conference call to prep a cover story for the gridlock prosecutors contend was political revenge against a Democratic mayor.

Ex-Kentucky official gets nearly 6 years in kickback scheme

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50pm

Rebuked for further eroding public confidence in government, a former high-ranking official in Kentucky government was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a kickback scheme that netted him more than $200,000.

Cops release ID of dead suspect in Philly stabbings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:41pm

Philadelphia police have identified a man who was shot and killed by officers after he allegedly stabbed two children, including his own son, and attacked three other people.

Virginia man convicted in Vermont same-sex kidnap case

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:32pm

A Virginia businessman was convicted Thursday of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for helping a mother take her daughter out of the country to avoid losing custody to her former partner.

'Sorry-I-Tased-You' cake doesn't cut it for Florida woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:23pm

A Florida's woman's lawsuit says a deputy shot her with a stun gun, then apologized with a cake that said, "Sorry I Tased You" in blue frosting.

Watchdog report criticizes DEA's use of confidential sources

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:23pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration does a poor job overseeing the millions of dollars in payments it distributes to confidential sources, relies on tipsters who operate with minimal oversight or direction and has continued paying informants who were no longer supposed to be used, according to a government watchdog audit issued Thursday.

Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA money from Mississippi school

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:21pm

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million.

White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:14pm

The White House lashed out at Congress on Thursday, a day after Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly overrode President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill.

New signage stolen on trailhead named after black cowboy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:13pm

New trailhead signs with a less controversial name for eastern Utah's Negro Bill Canyon have been stolen.

Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region.

Mother of slain California black man wants peaceful protests

Julie Watson and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

The mother of an unarmed black man shot to death in a confrontation with police in a San Diego suburb this week called for peaceful protests Thursday and said her son did not deserve to die.