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Man seen on video kidnapping woman gets 35 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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'Vampire trucker' admits to holding women for sexual activity

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

Just days before he was to go on trial, a long-haul trucker who authorities say is obsessed with vampires admitted in federal court Thursday to holding women as sex slaves.

Oklahoma skydiver safe after parachute malfunction

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

An Oklahoma skydiver delivering the game ball for a professional soccer match says muscle memory kicked in when his parachute malfunctioned in an incident he captured on camera.

Bystander tries to save woman from husband who killed 3 kids

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

A good Samaritan could not save a Las Vegas woman screaming for help as her gun-wielding estranged husband chased her from their home to two drug store parking lots in a chaotic murder-suicide that left a family of five dead, authorities said Thursday.

White officer's firing over 'he's a black guy' remark upheld

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

A judge has upheld a decision to fire a white Rhode Island police sergeant who made racially offensive remarks about a black officer.

Contractor will testify in lawsuit over fatal Christmas fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:11pm

A contractor who initially took the blame for accidentally starting a fire in Connecticut that killed his girlfriend's three children and her parents on Christmas morning in 2011 will testify in a wrongful-death lawsuit and turn over documents, his lawyer said Thursday.

OD victim's mom: Tunnel suspects 'heroes' for rescue attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

The mother of a woman whose overdose death in New York City spurred a rescue attempt by three people arrested with a cache of weapons near the Holland Tunnel said the suspects are heroes for trying to help.

Obama signs bill easing access to government records

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday measures to give the public greater access to government documents and records under the nearly half-century-old Freedom of Information Act.

Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after it passed tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

Arkansas execution drug expiring, governor says find more

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:00pm

Arkansas' stockpile of a paralytic drug needed for the executions of eight death row inmates expires as the calendar changes to July, leaving the state without a means to conduct its first executions in a decade.

The Latest: Second teen charged in 13-year-old boy's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:50pm

The Latest on charges filed in a 13-year-old's shooting death (all times local):

The Latest: 2 counties added to Florida's emergency zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:50pm

The Latest on an algae bloom that prompted Florida's governor to declare a state of emergency (all times local):

Police: Cowboy who rode across bridge abused his 2 horses

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

An 80-year-old man who has been riding around the country on horseback, saying he was trying to call attention to starving children, was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after investigators concluded his horses were malnourished.

Man banned from Twitter after threats to 2 US senators

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:41pm

A federal judge has barred a Virginia man from using Twitter after he was charged with tweeting threats to two U.S. senators.

Senators urge Kerry to address political crisis in Bahrain

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

A simmering political crisis in Bahrain could spiral into violence, encourage meddling by Iran and weaken a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, a bipartisan group of senators warned Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Arizona pot legalization supporters to submit petition

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

Thousands of signatures to get an initiative legalizing marijuana in Arizona on the November ballot were submitted Thursday, likely making the state one of several seeking to relax laws surrounding pot.

California governor denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:31pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is again blocking parole for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement.

The Latest: Brother says decision gives Syed 'some justice'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:22pm

The Latest on the man at the center of the "Serial" podcast being granted a new trial (all times local):

Minnesota woman accused of hiding machete used in beheading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

A Minnesota woman was charged Thursday with hiding a machete her boyfriend allegedly used to decapitate a man she said raped her.