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Family of slain black man wants police to release full video

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:31pm

An unarmed black man fatally shot by an officer in a San Diego suburb was unjustly killed and the police department and chief prosecutor are trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting, representatives of the man's family said Thursday in demanding the full video be shown.

The latest: No timetable for release of shooting video

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:11pm

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, California (all times are local):

Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:11pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday the U.S. will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might.

California governor approves gender-neutral restrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:01pm

Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

Disbarred lawyer pleads guilty in kidnap once called a hoax

Don Thompson and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:50pm

A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney is trying to avoid a life prison sentence with a plea bargain in a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

Man awarded $140,000 for suffering in jail with broken neck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41pm

A federal jury has ruled that Tennessee's Knox County owes a former inmate $2,000 for each of the 70 days the man spent behind bars with an undiagnosed, untreated broken neck that caused him so much pain he considered killing himself.

Cooler weather helps in California blaze fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:41pm

Cooler weather and additional firefighters had fire officials hopeful Thursday that a wildfire threatening hundreds of structures in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains would be contained in days.

Dad charged with attacking youth baseball coach with bat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:31pm

Authorities say a man from Pasadena has been charged with going after a youth baseball coach with a bat for benching his son.

Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21pm

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired.

Police check if man tried to buy gun before mall shooting

Lisa Baumann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01pm

Detectives on Thursday were investigating a tip that the man accused of shooting and killing five people in a mall north of Seattle may have tried unsuccessfully to buy a handgun just hours before the slayings.

Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:01pm

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked.

Alabama House panel issues subpoenas in impeachment probe

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:51pm

Alabama's House Judiciary Committee on Thursday subpoenaed documents from Gov. Robert Bentley and others as part of ongoing impeachment investigation.

Police shooting audio appears to back up officer statements

Tom Foreman Jr. and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:41pm

A Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.

More than another call: Chief talks about school shooting

Kate Brumback and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:32pm

When two volunteer firefighters rolled up to an elementary school shooting, they said they found only a wrecked black pickup truck at the playground. There was no gunman, and no one inside the truck.

Why is Chicago a murder capital? Clues from a bloody month

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:30pm

Fourteen-year-old Malik Causey loved the way gangs took what they wanted from people on the street, the way members fought for each other, the way they could turn drugs into cash and cash into $400 jeans.

The Latest: Kidnapping victim's lawyer wants life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

The Latest on the plea change of a man charged with a California kidnapping that was initially dismissed as a hoax (all times local):

The Latest: Superintendent: Training saved students' lives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

The Latest on a teenager who is accused of killing his father before shooting three people at a school in South Carolina (all times local):

Milwaukee man convicted in shooting of 5-year-old

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:21pm

A jury convicted a Milwaukee man Thursday of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a 5-year-old girl who was fatally shot in the head as she sat on her grandfather's lap.

The Latest: 'Clean-burning igniter' exploded at Camp Minden

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

The Latest on explosion at Camp Minden in northwest Louisiana (all times local):

Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:00pm

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.