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Report: NYPD mental health training needs better utilization

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:22pm

The New York Police Department has trained more than 5,000 police officers on how to handle mental health crisis calls but doesn't have a way to dispatch those officers when the calls come in, according to a report published Thursday.

Columbus, Indiana, erects signs as Pence's hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:21pm

Vice President-elect Mike Pence's hometown of Columbus, Indiana, is erecting signs at the gates to the south central Indiana city declaring it's his hometown.

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:15pm

A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview.

Republicans quickly kill Virginia transgender bathroom bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:11pm

A North-Carolina-style transgender bathroom bill has been killed by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly.

Judge overseeing police case calls Baltimore mayor to court

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

The federal judge presiding over a settlement between the Baltimore Police Department and the U.S. Justice Department has asked the city's mayor to appear in court to discuss the costs of the agreement.

Video raises questions about killing by California police

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

A legally blind man suffering from schizophrenia who was fatally shot by police at a California gas station was the victim of a "cold-blooded execution," his attorney charged Thursday, after a surveillance video was released that raises questions about whether the man advanced on officers with a knife.

Officials: Woman throws dog from bridge, claiming it can fly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

Authorities say a woman claimed dogs could fly before tossing a small dog about 30 feet off a South Florida bridge, injuring the animal.

Supreme Court to hear case about party in vacant DC house

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:53pm

The Supreme Court will hear a case in which people arrested for having a party in a vacant house sued police for violating their constitutional rights and won.

Oregon man admits groping 13-year-old girl on flight

Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:52pm

An Oregon man accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Dallas to Portland pleaded guilty Thursday, accepting an agreement with prosecutors that will require him to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Suspect in officer's slaying spews expletives at judge

Terrance Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:51pm

A suspect in a police officer's slaying directed expletive-laced outbursts at a judge during his initial hearing Thursday on charges that he also killed his ex-pregnant girlfriend.

The Latest: George W. Bush says ill parents "much better"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:44pm

The Latest on the hospitalizations of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush (all times local):

Black Americans weep for the Obama era and uncertain future

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:42pm

On the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the country's first black president, many black Americans wept. Eight years later, they weep again for the end of an era some thought they would never live to see — and for the uncertain future they face without him.

Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:41pm

A young woman accused of taping her 2-year-old son to a wall and streaming it live on social media has been arrested in Ohio.

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:37pm

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Correction: Pit Bull Attack story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

In a story Jan. 17 about two dogs attacking children, The Associated Press erroneously reported the breed of dogs involved. The dogs were a pit bull mix and a border collie, not two pit bulls.

Islamic State fighter's dad cries recounting search for son

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

The father of an Islamic State group fighter has told a jury at the terrorism trial of an Arizona man how he searched desperately for his son.

Feds sue New York police over man's HIV discrimination claim

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

The New York Police Department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying an HIV-positive man a position as an emergency dispatcher, federal prosecutors said.

Student wants confession in killing barred from trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:31pm

A judge will consider whether to bar from trial a former Virginia Tech student's confession in connection with the slaying of a 13-year-old girl.

The Latest: Obama lashes out at Congress over Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:25pm

The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times local):

Killer who attacked homeless man with bat to get new trial

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:20pm

One of three teenagers who fatally beat one homeless man and severely injured two others in a booze and pot-fueled rampage will get a new trial because a judge erred in his jury instructions before the teen was convicted of murder, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.