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Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:00pm

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill.

Ex-Kentucky official gets nearly 6 years in kickback scheme

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50pm

Rebuked for further eroding public confidence in government, a former high-ranking official in Kentucky government was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a kickback scheme that netted him more than $200,000.

Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:50pm

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer accused of manslaughter in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun.

Cops release ID of dead suspect in Philly stabbings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:41pm

Philadelphia police have identified a man who was shot and killed by officers after he allegedly stabbed two children, including his own son, and attacked three other people.

Virginia man convicted in Vermont same-sex kidnap case

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:32pm

A Virginia businessman was convicted Thursday of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for helping a mother take her daughter out of the country to avoid losing custody to her former partner.

'Sorry-I-Tased-You' cake doesn't cut it for Florida woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:23pm

A Florida's woman's lawsuit says a deputy shot her with a stun gun, then apologized with a cake that said, "Sorry I Tased You" in blue frosting.

Watchdog report criticizes DEA's use of confidential sources

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:23pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration does a poor job overseeing the millions of dollars in payments it distributes to confidential sources, relies on tipsters who operate with minimal oversight or direction and has continued paying informants who were no longer supposed to be used, according to a government watchdog audit issued Thursday.

Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA money from Mississippi school

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:21pm

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million.

White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:14pm

The White House lashed out at Congress on Thursday, a day after Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly overrode President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill.

New signage stolen on trailhead named after black cowboy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:13pm

New trailhead signs with a less controversial name for eastern Utah's Negro Bill Canyon have been stolen.

Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region.

Mother of slain California black man wants peaceful protests

Julie Watson and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:11pm

The mother of an unarmed black man shot to death in a confrontation with police in a San Diego suburb this week called for peaceful protests Thursday and said her son did not deserve to die.

California governor approves gender-neutral restrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:04pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is wading further into the debate over transgender rights as he approves a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

Ex-officer facing 2nd trial agrees to deal in wife's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 4:01pm

A former Ohio policeman who spent over a decade behind bars for his wife's death before his conviction was overturned pleaded guilty Thursday to charges alleging he hired her killers, under a deal that lets him remain free on probation and maintain innocence.

Alabama House committee: subpoenas in impeachment probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:54pm

Alabama's House Judiciary Committee is issuing subpoenas to Gov. Robert Bentley and others in an ongoing impeachment investigation.

Police shooting audio appears to back up officer statements

Tom Foreman Jr. and Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:52pm

A Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.

National Transportation Safety Board: Engineer in New Jersey train crash has been released from hospital, cooperating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51pm

National Transportation Safety Board: Engineer in New Jersey train crash has been released from hospital, cooperating.

Lawyer: Man fatally shot by police officer posed no threat

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51pm

A black motorcyclist posed no threat to the life of the District of Columbia police officer who shot and killed him, an attorney for the man's relatives said Thursday as he called for city officials to release more information about the circumstances of the shooting.

Judge says US officials fail to protect endangered red wolf

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 3:51pm

A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world's only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government's ability to remove the animals from private property.