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Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:42pm

On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country's first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see — and for the uncertain future they face without him.

Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:41pm

A young woman accused of taping her 2-year-old son to a wall and streaming it live on social media has been arrested in Ohio.

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:37pm

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Correction: Pit Bull Attack story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

In a story Jan. 17 about two dogs attacking children, The Associated Press erroneously reported the breed of dogs involved. The dogs were a pit bull mix and a border collie, not two pit bulls.

Islamic State fighter's dad cries recounting search for son

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

The father of an Islamic State group fighter has told a jury at the terrorism trial of an Arizona man how he searched desperately for his son.

Feds sue New York police over man's HIV discrimination claim

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

The New York Police Department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying an HIV-positive man a position as an emergency dispatcher, federal prosecutors said.

Student wants confession in killing barred from trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

A judge will consider whether to bar from trial a former Virginia Tech student's confession in connection with the slaying of a 13-year-old girl.

The Latest: Obama lashes out at Congress over Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:25pm

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Killer who attacked homeless man with bat to get new trial

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:20pm

One of three teenagers who fatally beat one homeless man and severely injured two others in a booze and pot-fueled rampage will get a new trial because a judge erred in his jury instructions before the teen was convicted of murder, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Supreme Court to hear case about party in vacant DC house

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:11pm

The Supreme Court will hear a case in which people arrested for having a party in a vacant house sued police for violating their constitutional rights and won.

41st President Bush stable, wife '1,000 percent better'

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:01pm

Former President George H.W. Bush, who has pneumonia, remained in stable condition Thursday at Houston Methodist Hospital, while his wife, Barbara, said she is feeling "1,000 percent better" after undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

Incumbent Ferguson mayor faces opposition in April election

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:00pm

The man who was the face of Ferguson, Missouri, in the turmoil that followed the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has opposition in his re-election bid.

Video raises questions about killing by California police

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:00pm

A surveillance video has raised questions about whether a man advanced on police with a knife before he was fatally shot more than a year ago at a California gas station.

The Latest: Crews need pro tree-faller to help clear lanes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:51pm

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Idaho colleges to offer drone piloting classes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:51pm

Two community colleges in Idaho will offer classes on piloting unmanned aerial vehicles to train people for jobs in the growing commercial drone industry.

APNewsBreak: Obama cuts short sentences of 330 drug offenders in his last major act as president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:51pm

APNewsBreak: Obama cuts short sentences of 330 drug offenders in his last major act as president.

Land swap for school trust land in Bears Ears on hold

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:41pm

Federal and state officials say a land swap for 109,000 acres of state school trust land within the newly created Bears Ears National Monument won't happen before President Barack Obama leaves office.

3 high school seniors among 4 killed in crash of stolen SUV

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:41pm

Three of the four people who died when a stolen SUV crashed into a tree were high school seniors, their principal said Thursday.

Osama bin Laden worried that Iran put tracking chip in sons

Eileen Sullivan and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:41pm

Secluded in his hideaway in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden suspected Iranian officials might implant tracking devices in his sons, according to a document released Thursday in a batch of materials seized in a 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.

Fed: Nearly 60 New Orleans police recruits had risk factors

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:31pm

Federal monitors say almost 60 recruits were accepted into recent New Orleans Police Department training academy classes despite records indicating any of a variety of "risk factors" — including possible domestic abuse and drug use.