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Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:30am

Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and all attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages.

Mall shooting suspect ate with stepfather before attack

Martha Bellisle and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 12:30am

A man charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of five people at a Washington state mall shared an early dinner with his stepfather then told him he was headed to his job at a gym.

Man rescued after week at sea to be reunited with family

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:50pm

A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter will be reunited with his family in Boston, while his mother is still unaccounted for and presumed dead.

Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:40pm

A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Cedar Rapids residents hope flood barriers hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:10pm

Residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, hope a temporary floodwall that is protecting thousands of homes and downtown buildings from the rain-swollen Cedar River will hold as the rain-swollen Cedar River crests.

Children subject of Amber Alert found dead, mother arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:00pm

Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges.

Former South Dakota police chief found guilty of murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:00pm

A jury on Monday found a former South Dakota police chief guilty of first degree murder in the death of his pregnant fiancee in 2009.

Herbert, Weinholtz spar over economy, Medicaid expansion, public lands in debate

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:43pm

Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz took some tough shots at Republican Gov. Gary Herbert in what will likely be their last debate Monday, but the governor said he has Utahns on his side.

Wyoming opens text line for those in crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:32pm

The state of Wyoming has opened a text line for those who might be experiencing a crisis or thinking of suicide.

The Latest: Fire crews gain ground in Sonoma County blaze

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:21pm

The Latest on wildfires burning in Northern California (all times local):

Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings

Emery P. Dalesio, Jonathan Drew and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:21pm

The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte is only the latest shooting to raise questions about how the department uses body cameras.

Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:21pm

A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

The Latest: Residents call for mayor, police chief to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:54pm

The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

California bakes in triple-digit autumn heat wave

John Antczak and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:54pm

An autumn heat wave sent California temperatures soaring again Monday, baking coastal cities that normally benefit from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean.

California man gets 30 years for trying to join terror group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:22pm

A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison.

Judge orders girls' bathroom access for transgender student

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:21pm

A federal judge rejected a school district's challenge to President Barack Obama's rule on transgender bathrooms on Monday, ordering a biologically male student who identifies as female be treated "like the girl she is."

The Latest: Ohio district appeals ruling rejecting challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 8:11pm

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling rejecting an Ohio school district's challenge to President Barack Obama's rule on transgender bathrooms (all times local):

Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 7:31pm

Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and all attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages.

Protest held in Columbus over fatal police shooting of teen

Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 7:31pm

Dozens of demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old black boy brought a city council meeting to a halt Monday in Columbus as they called for an independent investigation.

Psychiatrist: Hospital provokes patients to enrich itself

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 6:41pm

A doctor who trained for two years at the psychiatric unit of a New York hospital said in a lawsuit Monday that poor adolescent patients were routinely provoked into acting out, then restrained and drugged, extending their hospitalization and Medicaid payments.