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Most Syrian refugees arriving in US are kids; schools adapt

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:42pm

Seated at his desk at a suburban San Diego middle school, 12-year-old Abdulhamid Ashehneh tries not to let his mind wander to the painful memories of his life in civil war-torn Syria.

The Latest: Firefighter thrown 20 feet by gas explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:41pm

The Latest on a gas explosion in a popular Portland, Oregon, shopping district (all times local):

Student pilot in crash died of burns, smoke inhalation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:41pm

A medical examiner says a student pilot killed in a Connecticut plane crash that authorities believe was intentional died of burns and smoke inhalation.

Milwaukee cop who fatally shot man charged with sex assault

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

A Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a black man in August, sparking several nights of unrest, has been charged with sexually assaulting a man the night after the shooting, after they watched coverage of the riots on television at a bar, authorities said Thursday.

Kansas man gets probation in octopus-in-throat case

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

A southern Kansas man who admitted to endangering a child after his girlfriend's 2-year-old son ended up with a small octopus lodged in his throat was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation.

Southern California schools cope with heat from gusty winds

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren to sweat it out in aging classrooms.

US: Ex-contractor committed 'breathtaking' theft of secrets

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:31pm

A former National Security Agency contractor's theft of top secret government information was "breathtaking in its longevity and scale," federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday aimed at keeping the man locked up as the case moves forward. They said he took enough classified material to fill roughly 200 laptop computers.

Suspect in fatal shooting at eatery had long juvenile record

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:23pm

A 20-year-old man charged with killing a teenage sandwich shop employee in a Cleveland suburb has an extensive juvenile criminal record dating back to when he was 11, according to court records.

Woman charged in unsolved 1989 killing in Kansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:21pm

A woman has been charged in the death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found nearly 30 years ago in Kansas City, Kansas.

Rolling Stone reporter pressed about errors in rape story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:20pm

The author of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia on Thursday acknowledged Thursday that she made mistakes while reporting the story of the woman identified only as "Jackie."

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:11pm

The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday.

Woman wrote about police killings before officer killed her

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:03pm

In a searing, eloquent essay on living with schizophrenia, Deborah Danner agonized over the deaths of mentally ill people like her at the hands of police.

Grandparents sue child protection agency over sex abuse

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 3:01pm

The grandparents of two young sisters who were sexually abused by their parents while in foster care are suing New Hampshire's child protection agency.

GOP's Crapo 'confident' in Idaho's election results

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:51pm

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho said through a spokesman that he is confident in the state's election process and will respect the results of next month's election.

Official: Key bridge case witness a cancer on transit agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:42pm

A New York official on the bistate agency that runs the George Washington Bridge on Thursday called the government's key witness in a politically motivated lane closing case a "dangerous character" in the agency.

California officer is the state's 4th shot dead in 2 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:23pm

Authorities identified the suspect Thursday in the shooting of a deputy killed while responding to a family disturbance call in Northern California a day earlier —becoming the state's fourth law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty over the last two weeks.

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to trying to join extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:11pm

A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Suspect ID'd in killing of California deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 2:01pm

The Latest on a California deputy who shot and killed (all times local):

Half a year after 8 relatives killed, no answers or arrests

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 1:52pm

Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting — for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.