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The Latest: Officer dies after gun battle outside Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:21pm

The Latest on a gun battle during a law enforcement operation in suburban Atlanta that killed an officer and wounded a suspect. (all times local):

The Latest: Utah authorities clamp down on halfway houses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:20pm

The Latest on the investigation into three different parolees who have walked away from a state-run Salt Lake City halfway house and violently clashed with police (all times local):

Republicans advance bill on academic standards review

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:20pm

After weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions with educators, Senate Republicans on Thursday started advancing a bill aimed at creating a new system to review and change Kentucky's academic standards.

Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:20pm

The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled Thursday that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the animals.

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Clinton, Sanders to debate after splitting contests

Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:12pm

After splitting the first two voting contests, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking their increasingly heated fight for the Democratic presidential nomination back to the debate stage Thursday night, jockeying for advantage as the race heads toward delegate-rich states.

Man pleads guilty to firing rifle at Connecticut mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firing a rifle at a mosque next to his home shortly after the deadly attacks in Paris.

Schumer urges students to pressure Congress on college cost

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

Sen. Charles Schumer is asking college students to turn up the pressure on Congress to make college more affordable.

No suspects or motive a week after 6 found dead in Chicago

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

Authorities have no suspects and a motive remains elusive one week after six family members were found dead in their Chicago home, police said Thursday, with investigators now focusing on video evidence, the weapons used and interviews with relatives and acquaintances to try to glean clues about why the family was targeted.

Records detail break-in attempt by man questioned in killing

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:10pm

A man questioned in the killing of Colorado's prisons chief brazenly tried to break into the home of a former corrections employee, repeatedly asking a neighbor if anyone was home, court documents unsealed Thursday show.

In terror case, judge rejects inmate's mistreatment claims

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:01pm

A New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida failed to prove the U.S. government was too slow or inefficient in its treatment of his medical needs after his 2010 arrest, a judge ruled Thursday.

Former Iowa Wesleyan University nursing students win lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

A southeast Iowa jury has awarded seven former nursing students of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant $75,000 each after the nursing program lost national accreditation just prior to their graduation in the spring of 2013.

Oklahoma man pleads guilty in beheading

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

A man charged with beheading a co-worker with a butcher knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant wants to plead guilty to a first-degree murder charge, but the judge refused.

In terror case, judge rejects inmate's mistreatment claims

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

A New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida failed to prove the U.S. government was too slow or inefficient in its treatment of his medical needs after his 2010 arrest, a judge ruled Thursday.

Texas on verge of recommending ban on bite mark evidence

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

Texas is on the verge of becoming the first state to formally call for a ban on bite mark evidence, which could influence judges across the U.S. and whether they will accept the disputed forensic science in courtrooms.

Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 4:00pm

The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.

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Oregon occupiers surrender; 1 arrested in Utah

Rebecca Boone and Lisa Baumann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:59pm

Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court.

Police: Suicide may be reason man shot by Florida deputy

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:52pm

A mentally troubled man fatally shot by a Florida deputy while carrying an air rifle may have been attempting to commit so-called "suicide by cop," a police detective testified Thursday at a hearing in the deputy's manslaughter case.

Idaho panel backs Medicaid expansion alternative

Kathryn Haake, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:51pm

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion passed its first hurdle in the Idaho Legislature Thursday.

Feds: Leader of New Jersey gang Grape Street Crips indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:51pm

The leader of one of New Jersey's most violent street gangs ordered murders of people thought to have cooperated with law enforcement and ran an operation that engaged in racketeering, extortion, robbery and drug trafficking, a federal indictment unsealed Thursday alleged.