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Judge: Ex-sailors convicted of rape, murder are innocent

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:31pm

Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder more than two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding the "no sane human being" could find the men guilty.

Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot 5 in 1 minute

Martha Bellisle and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:31pm

The suspect accused of killing five people at a Macy's department store confessed to police, court documents said, but his motive remained a mystery Monday as a portrait emerged of him as a mentally troubled young man whose parents said they were trying to help him.

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Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:30pm

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.

Iowa city braces for highest floodwaters since 2008 record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:20pm

Residents of Cedar Rapids are watching anxiously as the quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in just over eight years.

City pins hope on 10 miles of quickly erected flood barriers

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:11pm

Facing their second-largest flood in city history, Cedar Rapids leaders and residents pinned their hopes Monday on a 10-mile system of quickly erected flood barriers to protect government buildings, homes and businesses in Iowa's second largest city.

Starbucks customer describes shooting: 'It was just terror'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:11pm

A Starbucks customer described terrified people dropping to the floor and sobbing after a gunman parked his car and entered the Las Vegas store, shooting a man inside.

The Latest: Rally gathers at historically black church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:11pm

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

Feds find rights violation at nation's oldest public school

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:02pm

Officials at the nation's first and oldest public school didn't sufficiently investigate racially charged incidents and failed to address racial hostility, a federal civil rights probe concluded on Monday.

Man charged in shooting at popular Chicago tourist spot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:01pm

A man Chicago police describe as a gang member with two gun offense convictions was charged Monday with murder in the slaying of a man who was shot over the weekend near Millennium Park, a popular downtown tourist attraction.

The Latest: Family of bombing suspect speaks with doctors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:00pm

The Latest on a New York-New Jersey bombing suspect (all times local):

California bakes in triple-digit autumn heat wave

John Antczak and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:00pm

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

Civil liberties organization representing bombing suspect

Josh Cornfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 5:00pm

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people.

Bataan Death March survivor, artist Ben Steele dies at 98

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

Ben Steele's hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist's memory of scenes from his home in Montana.

8 NC officers cleared in death of white man shot 14 times

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

North Carolina authorities have cleared eight officers who fatally shot a 53-year-old white man, striking him 14 times, after he pointed a shotgun at them.

The Latest: Suspect was diagnosed with depression, anxiety

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

The Latest on a deadly mall shooting in Washington state (all times local):

Fund for nightclub shooting to begin payments, $29.5M total

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

A fund for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando is set to pay out about $29.5 million to 299 claimants.

Air Force colonel who faced rape charge found dead in home

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

A high-ranking Air Force Space Command officer who was charged with rape and other crimes was found dead in his Colorado home after civilian police received a report of a suicide, officials said Monday.

Arkansas lawmaker arrested after filming traffic stop

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

An Arkansas legislator who co-sponsored a law aimed in part at preventing authorities from prohibiting the filming of an arrest was arrested Monday after police said he refused to leave the area of a traffic stop he was recording.

Student shot on Michigan school bus expected to survive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

Authorities say a 17-year-old student shot in the arm on a school bus outside of a southern Michigan school is expected to survive.

The Latest: Investigators still at Houston shooting scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:51pm

The Latest on a shooting at in Houston neighborhood (all times local):