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Some evacuation orders lifted in California wildfire areas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:41pm

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

Graphic video released of La. boy's shooting by police

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:32pm

After a police body camera captured two deputy city marshals firing on a car and killing a 6-year-old boy, the head of the Louisiana State Police said the video was the most disturbing thing he's seen.

Investigators identify 2 men who took bag that held bomb

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:31pm

Investigators probing bomb blasts in New Jersey and New York believe they've identified two men who walked off with a bag abandoned by the bomber on a street as Egyptian tourists.

$2M bail set for man expected to get new murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:22pm

Bail has been set at $2 million for a man whose second-degree murder conviction was overturned after prosecutors agreed the jury at his initial trial was given erroneous instructions.

The military's ritual of saluting for the national anthem

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:21pm

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.

Missouri fraternity suspended over reports of racial slurs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:14pm

The University of Missouri temporarily suspended a fraternity on Wednesday over accusations of racial slurs directed toward black students, in the latest incident of racial tension that has roiled the campus for nearly a year.

Authorities: School shooter killed father before rampage

Kate Brumback and Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:11pm

A teenager who killed his father at their home Wednesday was stopped by a volunteer firefighter as he opened fire outside a South Carolina elementary school, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said.

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

Julie Watson and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:01pm

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.

The Latest: California blaze grow, so does containment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:41pm

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The Latest: MU suspends fraternity over racial slur reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:31pm

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The Latest: Police shooting victim was pointing e-cigarette

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:21pm

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Court that ousted top Alabama justice again weighs his fate

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:11pm

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday insisted to members of a judiciary commission that he never urged probate judges to defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, defending himself from charges brought by a state ethics panel.

The Latest: Grandparents of school shooter found father dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:03pm

The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:02pm

Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into separate corners.

AP NewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:01pm

Congress clears bill to keep government running through Dec. 9, provide $1.1B to fight Zika virus.

Idaho militia group members resign, say leader took money

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:51pm

More than 30 members of an Idaho militia group say they've resigned after the group's president spent $2,900 in donations on personal items rather than using it to help four Idaho men facing charges from a 2014 armed standoff with government agents in Nevada.

Prosecutors work on global sex trafficking cases in Hawaii

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:33pm

Prosecutors are calling the scourge of sex trafficking a form of modern-day slavery that touches every state in the nation, and they're working to draw connections between active investigations around the globe at a summit in Hawaii.

Official: Suspected school shooter called grandparents, who went to home and found the teen's father dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:31pm

Official: Suspected school shooter called grandparents, who went to home and found the teen's father dead.

Officer involved in deadly confrontation was sex-suit target

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:31pm

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.

University of Utah launching new refugee research center

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:21pm

The University of Utah launched a new research center on integrating refugees into American communities Wednesday, marking the latest indication of the state's receptive tone toward refugees at a time when some others are tightening the hatches.