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Ohio judge: Jury can hear about pot in slain man's car

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:34pm

The defense for a white former police officer charged with murder can tell jurors about marijuana found in the car driven by the unarmed black man he fatally shot after a traffic stop, an Ohio judge ruled Wednesday.

Justice Department to conduct review of Memphis police

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:31pm

The Justice Department has launched a comprehensive review of the Memphis Police Department, officials said Wednesday, after citizens criticized the department's use of deadly force and its treatment of the black community.

Virginia won't oppose overturning convictions in '97 slaying

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:21pm

The Virginia attorney general's office says it won't oppose overturning the rape and murder convictions of two former sailors.

Document: Dog tuxedo bought with Arkansas county credit card

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:21pm

A former county employee in Arkansas has been arrested after prosecutors accused her of using a county credit card to buy personal items including Arkansas Razorbacks tickets and a tuxedo for her dog.

Officers on leave after 2 suspects killed at Maryland motel

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:21pm

Ten law enforcement officers have been placed on administrative leave after firing shots at a couple wanted on gun and drug charges who authorities say refused to drop their weapons after being cornered at a motel. The suspects, who police later determined were holding pellet guns, were struck and pronounced dead at the scene.

OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:21pm

While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to try to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe.

Juror dismissed in Oregon standoff trial after bias concerns

Gillian Flaccus and Steven Dubois, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:11pm

A judge overseeing the trial of seven defendants who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon dismissed a juror on Wednesday after questions arose about his impartiality.

Texas teen gets life for death of man who wouldn't buy beer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:11pm

An 18-year-old in Texas has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2014 run-over death of a man who refused to buy beer for the underage youth.

More counts expected against student charged with assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:01pm

Dozens of women have reported encounters with a University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting an acquaintance, and officers found a black book at the man's apartment listing women he'd met and documenting his "sexual desires," authorities said.

Detective says mother is not a suspect in hot car death case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:01pm

A detective testified the mother of a toddler who died after being left in a hot SUV is not a suspect in her son's death.

Private service for woman lost at sea exposes family rift

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 1:01pm

Carrying a bouquet of pink and purple flowers, Nathan Carman met with about a dozen others Wednesday for a private church service in memory of his mother, who is presumed dead after their boat sank in the Atlantic Ocean during a mother-and-son fishing trip.

The Latest: Sheriff: Oklahoma suspect could be out of state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:52pm

The Latest on the search for an Oklahoma man suspected of killing two relatives, shooting two police officers and armed vehicle thefts (all times local):

Layton may appeal to US Supreme Court over illegal search

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:44pm

Lawyers for the city of Layton say they may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after Utah's Supreme Court ruled that local police conducted an unconstitutional search of a home before arresting a suspect in a hit-and-run, DUI crash in 2013.

The Latest: Judge axes Oregon ranching standoff juror

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:33pm

The Latest on the trial of seven defendants in a standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

State trooper struck by vehicle on New York road is killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:23pm

A veteran New York state trooper was hit by a vehicle and killed Wednesday while investigating a tractor-trailer parked in a median in front of his police station, authorities said.

Hurricane floods homeless housing in historic St. Augustine

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:21pm

Days after Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters surging through historic St. Augustine, the county's director of homeless services was panicked.

Study: Asian immigrants to US giving birth at higher rates

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:13pm

Asian immigrant women are increasingly accounting for a larger share of foreign mothers who give birth to children in the U.S., signaling a changing landscape of immigrants in America as Asians continue to outpace Latinos in growth.

Headmaster who fought with son over pot is returning to job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:11pm

The headmaster of a suburban Philadelphia prep school who fought with his son over marijuana will return to his job after an assault charge was dismissed.

Correction: Ranching Standoff story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:11pm

In a story Oct. 25 about jury deliberations in the trial of Ammon Bundy and others involved in the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the refuge is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which like the BLM is a part of the Department of Interior.

General: Extremists plotting attacks on West from Raqqa

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 12:11pm

U.S. intelligence has detected signs of Islamic State plotting against the West from their Syrian stronghold at Raqqa, adding urgency to coalition plans to encircle and eventually assault the city, a senior American general said Wednesday.