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Obama to leave for Alaska ... Arraignment for accused cop killer near Houston ... Thai police to collect on reward

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama begins his historic trip to Alaska this morning. The president's three-day trip is aimed at calling attention to climate change and how he says it's already damaging Alaska's stunning scenery. And Obama's excursion north of the Arctic Circle will make him the first sitting president to step foot in the Alaska Arctic.

HOUSTON (AP) — The man charged with shooting to death a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy is scheduled to be arraigned today. Shannon Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot repeatedly Friday while filling up his gas tank in Cypress, Texas. Authorities believe Goforth was a target "because he wore a uniform."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Do California's long and unpredictable delays on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment? That's what attorneys will be arguing today before a federal appeals court in Pasadena. A federal judge had ruled in a Los Angeles case that California's death penalty was dysfunctional and offered an empty promise seldom leading to executions while jamming up death row. But Attorney General Kamala Harris appealed the ruling.

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have issued arrest warrants for two more suspects in the deadly Aug. 17 bombing at a Bangkok shrine. Police say they're looking for a Thai woman and a man of unknown nationality, and authorities have released their images. Police also carried out raids over the weekend, arresting one person and seizing bomb-making equipment.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's police are collecting an $84,000 reward that's led to the arrest of a suspect in Bangkok's deadly bombing. The man being held is not the prime suspect in the Aug. 17 bombing at the Bangkok shrine, and the reward money initially had been offered to the public. But the national police chief says he's taking the unusual step of redirecting the cash to highlight that Thailand's police are good at their job.

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