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The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.
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Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

By Rik Stevens and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:31pm
Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
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Mental evaluation for teen charged with murder

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:13pm
A mental competency hearing has been set next month for a teenager from a small southern Utah city accused of killing his neighbor.
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Obama offers help to NYPD after 2 officers killed

By Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 1:50pm
President Barack Obama is offering full support and federal assistance to the New York Police Department in the wake of the killing of two officers.
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Frederick authorities increasing presence at 2 schools

The Associated Press  |  posted 33 minutes ago
Law enforcement officials will have an increased presence at two Frederick County schools after rumors of threats that have so far been unsubstantiated rumors.
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Former Utah chief deputy attorney general fired

The Associated Press  |  posted 53 minutes ago
Former Utah Chief Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen has been fired, eight months after being placed on administrative leave.
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New plant life emerging in Colorado River Delta

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 4:01pm
A spring release of water has reversed a 13-year trend of decline in plant and wildlife in the Colorado River Delta, according to findings released by scientists this month.
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Family: Missing college student's keys found in river

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 4:01pm
Relatives of Shane Montgomery say keys belonging to the missing college student were recovered from a river in Philadelphia.
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Eugene library searched for bedbugs after outbreak

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 4:01pm
Two dogs sniffed around the Eugene Public Library late Saturday, looking for bedbugs.
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AP sources: Yates tapped for deputy AG

By Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:41pm
President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.
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Hawaii lacks clarity on medical marijuana

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:31pm
Fourteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, there is still no legal way for patients to obtain pot without growing it themselves.
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Juneau workshops perpetuate Tlingit language

By Mary Catharine Martin, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:21pm
Mallory Story, Will Geiger, Andrew Williams and Richard Radford show respect for the people who have lived in Southeast Alaska since time immemorial by learning, and helping to perpetuate, the Tlingit language. Six months ago, the four started a free Tlingit workshop at Juneau's downtown library.
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Sign-up deadline looms for health coverage

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:11pm
A deadline is looming for Massachusetts residents looking to sign up for insurance through the state's health connector.
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Drury agreement may bring more diversity

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 3:11pm
Drury University anticipates a more globally diverse student body after signing an agreement streamlining the admission of graduates from a Kansas City school with international ties.
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AP NewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 2:21pm
NYPD: Ambush killer of 2 officers told passers-by 'watch what I'm going to do'
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Mokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 2:01pm
Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, died of an apparent heart attack, his wife said. He was 52.
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Candles, NYPD cap mark spot of officers' deaths

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 1:11pm
A New York Police Department baseball cap surrounded by flowers, teddy bears and candles is marking the Brooklyn spot where two police officers were killed by a gunman who was targeting law enforcement.
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No charges against accused Walla Walla teacher

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 1:01pm
A prosecutor has decided not to file charges against a Walla Walla High School teacher who had been accused of inappropriately touching students.
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Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 12:41pm
Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.
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Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 12:21pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the return of a convicted cop killer before diplomatic relations proceed.
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No compromise on Pittsburgh abortion clinic zones

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 12:10pm
Attorneys for the city of Pittsburgh and anti-abortion activists have been unable to reach a compromise on an ordinance that establishes a 15-foot buffer zone for protesters around abortion clinic entrances.
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Ohio pharmacies see shortage in flu medication

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 11:40am
Ohio pharmacies are experiencing shortages of an antiviral medication that helps reduce symptoms of the flu at a time when the illness is on the rise.
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Winthrop spends more than $30K over ex-president fight

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 11:40am
Winthrop University has spent more than $30,000 on legal costs related to an ongoing dispute with its former president.
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Meridian might be Idaho's second-largest city

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 21st - 11:20am
Nampa might no longer be Idaho's second-largest city.
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