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'Grim Sleeper' gets death...Libertarian on 39 ballots...Rides passed inspections

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has sentenced a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" to death for 10 Los Angeles murders that spanned decades. Lonnie Franklin was sentenced today for murdering a teenage girl and nine women in a poor section of the city between 1985 and 2007. The crimes took police years to solve and community members complained detectives didn't give the slayings enough attention because the victims were black and many were prostitutes who used crack cocaine.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland congressman says the Justice Department's report on the Baltimore Police Department validates what many city residents already know, that the trust between police and communities "is in desperate need of repair." Democrat Elijah Cummings says the violations of rights are unacceptable. The report finds that Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, use excessive force and are not adequately disciplined for misconduct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear on ballots in at least 39 states. And party activists are working in places such as swing state Ohio to get his name before voters this fall. Johnson's ballot status in Ohio remains uncertain, a day after Libertarians submitted thousands of signatures on behalf of a different candidate as a placeholder. The state party said it would substitute in Johnson's name once the petitions are certified by Ohio's elections chief. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is slated to appear on ballots in at least 27 states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the fight against the Islamic State group says the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield. Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland says the number and quality of IS fighters is declining and could be as low as about 15,000. He says it's difficult to determine accurate numbers, but that estimate is lower than the 19,000 to 25,000 fighters that officials cited earlier this year.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A document released by a state agency says all the rides at a Kansas City, Kansas, water park passed private inspections in June, including the waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy died over the weekend. Kansas law requires permanent rides to be inspected annually by their parks, and the state randomly audits the records.

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