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Judge in Stanford rape case says his recall won't aid change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:47pm

A California judge who faces a recall vote over his handling of a sexual assault case involving a former Stanford University swimmer said he supports the movement to improve the way sexual assault victims are treated but that ousting him won't help the cause.

Sheriff: Possible arson investigated in Oklahoma wildfire

Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:44pm

An Oklahoma sheriff said Friday that authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires burning in Oklahoma, a blaze that's resulted in the death of one person.

Judge tosses suit seeking to block parole of cops' killer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:42pm

A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the parole of an ex-radical who fatally shot two New York City police officers in 1971.

Police killing of California black man is questioned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:35pm

Family members and attorneys are disputing the official account of a fatal police shooting of a 26-year-old black man during a traffic stop this month in Barstow, California.

Civil rights prosecutors urge charges in Garner death

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:34pm

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a New York police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But it's unclear if that will happen.

Ex-Baltimore County school leader sentenced in perjury case

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:32pm

A former Baltimore County school superintendent who served on prominent national education panels was sentenced Friday to serve six months behind bars after pleading guilty to perjury charges.

Teen shot, grenade thrown into Baton Rouge home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:29pm

Authorities in Baton Rouge have recovered and safely detonated a live grenade that was thrown into a house where a teenager was shot.

Woman steals ID to get six-figure job, but can't do the work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:07pm

Prosecutors say a 41-year-old woman used another woman's ID to get a job in Louisiana and was quickly promoted to a senior position with a six-figure salary, but her scheme had a flaw: She couldn't do the work.

Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:03pm

The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

Democratic leader announces new acceptance of marijuana

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:01pm

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.

The Latest: Public viewing of Barbara Bush begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:54am

The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):

Texas appeals court dismisses 'revenge porn' law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:45am

A Texas appeals court has ruled unconstitutional a state law that punishes those who post intimate images from previous or current relationships online without consent.

4 plead not guilty in drinking death at Louisiana State

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:37am

Four young men pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal charges in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge.

Authorities: Teen suspect was in relationship with victim

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:35am

Investigators have learned there was a romantic relationship between a 16-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy he is suspected of fatally stabbing in suburban Los Angeles, authorities say.

1 wounded in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:33am

Panic and fear gripped another Florida school Friday when a gunman opened fire, wounding one student before being taken into custody on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said.

Baltimore mayor signs bill banning plastic foam containers

Courtney Columbus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:33am

Carryout food and drink containers made from plastic foam are no longer welcome in the city of Baltimore.

Investigators look for suspect who spray-painted tortoise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:33am

Authorities in Florida are trying to determine who is responsible for spray-painting a tortoise and putting concrete on its legs.

US calls out Syria, Russia, China on human rights abuses

Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:31am

The top U.S. diplomat is calling out Syria, Russia and China as among the worst offenders last year on human rights.

Mourners lining up to pay final respects to Barbara Bush

Juan A. Lozano and John L. Mone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:29am

A spray of flowers covered the closed silver casket of former first lady Barbara Bush in the sanctuary of a Houston church as hundreds of mourners began arriving Friday to pay their final respects.

Defense says schedules show Cosby wasn't around for assault

Michael R. Sisak and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:21am

Jurors got a look at Bill Cosby's travel records on Friday as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he's accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.