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March, civil disobedience planned next month in Ferguson

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A silent march and a day of civil disobedience are among the events being planned for next month in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, an event that...

Lawyers: immigrant mothers coerced to wear ankle monitors

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds...

Experts: Time is an enemy in solving Bobbi Kristina’s death

In the months since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face-down in a bathtub at her townhome in suburban Atlanta until her death in hospice care Sunday, time has been working against forensic pathologists and police investigators now tasked with solving how and why she died. Any...
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Mother pleads for return of missing California 8-year-old

AP Photo/Uncredited SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as a statewide search grew to include federal authorities. Madyson Middleton vanished Sunday afternoon from an artist community center in a Northern...

Landscaper gets jail time for killing ducks with lawnmower

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida landscaper who ran over a family of ducks with his riding lawnmower has been sentenced to a year in jail. A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 24-year-old Jason Scott Falbo II last week after he pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty...

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the...

Man charged in stabbings, including 1 fatal, at church

URBANA, Md. (AP) — A Virginia man was charged Monday with stabbing a man to death and seriously wounding the man’s wife during a service at a Maryland church and retreat center on Sunday night. Song Su Kim, 30, of Falls Church, Virginia, was charged with first- and...
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Mental health experts respond carefully to mass killings

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta NEW YORK (AP) — One psychiatry professor calls it “the conversation we’re stuck with,” a teachable moment growing out of horror. Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there’s a...

More Illinois residents feel pain as budget impasse drags on

CHICAGO (AP) — Almost a month after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Illinois Legislature entered a new fiscal year without a state budget, Illinois in many ways is still chugging along. But the impasse is hitting a growing number of people, as social...
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Bulger case, minus the gangster, returning briefly to court

AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins BOSTON (AP) — James “Whitey” Bulger’s case is returning to court Monday – minus the notorious Boston gangster himself. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will hear oral arguments from...