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APNewsBreak: California may face 'significant risk' from dam

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:42pm

California is courting a "very significant risk" if a damaged spillway on the nation's tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state's plan for the work leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Man jailed in abuse case now accused of murder solicitation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:40pm

A Pennsylvania karate instructor who was jailed after he was accused of molesting students is now charged with trying to solicit the murder of the alleged victims in the case.

Idaho man who didn't match DNA from killing is freed

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:32pm

An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession was freed Wednesday after spending half of his life behind bars.

The Latest: Police: Holes found in mom's account of shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:30pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Phoenix boy (all times local):

Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What's the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene?

Iowa victims group opposing bill on domestic abuse sentences

Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

A bill that would set mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat domestic abuse offenders in Iowa is drawing opposition from an unlikely source: one of the state's largest advocacy organizations for victims.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

Julie Pace and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday — an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats.

Cops: Parents killed teen son, set family's NY home on fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:23pm

Authorities have charged a New York couple with killing their teenage son and setting their rural upstate home on fire to cover up the crime.

Prosecutors: Conviction in Etan Patz case was proper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:20pm

Prosecutors say a defendant's murder conviction in a retrial over the disappearance and death of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 was the result of methodical deliberations by a New York City jury that was not improperly influenced.

Police officer, at least 2 others shot in Wisconsin town

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:16pm

A police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Thursday, investigators said.

Sheriff: Family kept decomposing body in home, took benefits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:10pm

An Ohio sheriff says deputies have found a family living with a Vietnam veteran's decomposing body and stealing his benefits.

Man who stopped fight in video honored for his peacemaking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

A New Jersey man who interrupted a street fight between two teenagers in a video that has drawn millions of views and wide praise said Wednesday that he's saddened that his act of peacemaking isn't a more frequent occurrence.

The Latest: Shots heard at Wisconsin apartments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:06pm

The Latest on shooting that injured two people and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown in northern Wisconsin (all times local):

Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black people

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday.

The Latest: Man who stopped fight honored in Atlantic City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:57pm

The Latest on a video capturing a stranger stopping a fight between two teens (all times local):

Arkansas governor expands where concealed guns allowed

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

Competency training for man accused of killing flamingo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A Florida judge has ruled a man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens must undergo in-home competency training before the animal cruelty case against him can continue.

Man gets same sentence on murder conviction 2nd time around

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A 24-year-old Gillette man has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison for a second time in a fatal shooting on Thanksgiving 2013.

19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

A 19-year-old candidate seeking a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia is headed to a runoff election next month.

Magnitude 4.0 quake, 3 smaller temblors rattle Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:49pm

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and three smaller temblors have struck Oklahoma.