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Cedar Rapids evacuation zone shrinks, people moving back in

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:40am

Authorities are allowing some residents to return to their homes and other properties in Cedar Rapids' flood evacuation zone.

Sheriff to discuss 2015 quadruple slaying in South Carolina

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30am

A South Carolina sheriff plans a news conference to discuss developments in an unsolved case in which four people, including two teenagers, were shot and killed in July 2015.

Florida officer faces suspension for slapping homeless man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30am

A Florida police officer faces a 20-day unpaid suspension after an internal investigation concluded he used excessive force by slapping an intoxicated homeless man being evicted from a bus terminal.

Fire rages at massive warehouse near Atlanta; no one hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30am

Firefighters near Atlanta were battling a fierce fire Thursday morning at a warehouse in metro Atlanta that shot flames into the pre-dawn sky and shut down a highway as firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30am

A Halloween attraction at two California amusement parks has been closed amid accusations that it was offensive to the mentally ill.

Young girl runs over 2-year-old sister while starting car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:10am

A 2-year-old New Hampshire girl is recovering at a Boston hospital after her 7-year-old sister accidentally ran over her while starting the family car.

Man shot by police was distraught over best friend's death

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:50am

The unarmed black man shot by police in a San Diego suburb had a history of run-ins with authorities and was distraught over the recent death of his best friend.

Officer involved in deadly confrontation was sex-suit target

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:50am

One of the officers involved in a deadly confrontation with an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb was demoted last year amid allegations that he sexually harassed a lesbian colleague.

Long wait, short encounter before deadly police shooting

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:40am

It took more than an hour for police to arrive at the shopping center in a San Diego suburb where a distressed black man had been wandering into traffic. It took about a minute for him to be shot and killed.

The military's ritual of saluting for the national anthem

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:30am

The Navy has investigated the case of a sailor who didn't salute as the national anthem played at Pearl Harbor, in a protest that echoes recent moves by professional athletes to kneel during the anthem. The U.S. Pacific Fleet referred her case to her commander, who has the authority to punish the sailor, a Navy reservist. Saluting during the national anthem is a daily ritual for men and women in the military. Here's a look at the protocol behind it.

Suspect in abduction once called a hoax set to plead guilty

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:20am

A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney charged with a bizarre kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax planned to plead guilty Thursday to snatching the young woman from her California home last year, federal prosecutors said.

Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:20am

Some evacuations were lifted as cooler weather gave firefighters a boost in their struggle with a wildfire burning through dry brush that is threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains.

Salt Lake City police search for clues in 1995 cold case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:11am

Authorities are requesting archived news footage from Salt Lake City television stations in search of potential clues relating to the unsolved killing of a 6-year-old girl who was abducted from her home more than 20 years ago.

Alabama chief justice waits for judgment day on keeping job

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:10am

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — famously removed from office 13 years ago for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments display — appeared before a judicial disciplinary panel Wednesday to answer accusations that he urged defiance of the federal courts again: This time on gay marriage.

California officer guns down man in 'shooting stance'

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 2:00am

The fatal police shooting of a black man who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Wife of officer charged in shooting details threats, bills

Mary Hudetz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:31am

The telephone death threats to the home of Officer Dominique Perez began soon after he and an Albuquerque police detective ended a hillside standoff by opening fire on a homeless man who died after being hit in the arms and back.

Suspect in killings of 4 women called charmer with dark side

John Seewer and Ann Sanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:23am

An occasional drifter linked to the slayings of at least four women in little over a decade could always find a place to stay and someone to give him a lift. Even with little money to his name and a string of arrests in his past, Shawn Grate was magnetic enough to make friends with almost anyone.

Man rescued at sea says suspicions compound grief over mom

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:03am

A man who was rescued from a life raft after seven days on the Atlantic Ocean said suspicions about his account of the sinking of his boat are compounding his grief over the apparent drowning of his mother.

Ex-Iowa State student faces sentencing in sex assault case

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 12:03am

A former Iowa State University student is expected to be sentenced Thursday for sexually assaulting an unconscious female student after an on-campus party.

Police fatally shoot suspect in Philadelphia stabbings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:31pm

Philadelphia police said officers fatally shot a man who stabbed two boys, one of them his son, and attacked three other people Wednesday night.