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  • Jury takes up case of Iowa woman charged in starvation death

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jurors are deliberating the case of an Iowa woman charged in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter. The Des Moines Register reports that lawyers gave closing arguments Monday in the trial of 43-year-old Nicole Finn, of West Des Moines. She has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and child […]
  • North Carolina police officer indicted in pedestrian death

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina police officer whose vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian while responding to a call. The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Philip Barker was indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of 28-year-old James Michael Short. A police spokesman said Short was hit […]
  • Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications is hiring outside human resources experts to train its managers in “sexual harassment prevention and sensitivity,” an internal email shows. This comes one week after The Associated Press revealed that the company’s top editor had twice been the […]
  • Iowa school bus fire that killed 2 under investigation

    OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — Local and federal investigators are trying to determine why a fire erupted on a school bus in western Iowa, killing a student and the bus driver. The fire occurred Tuesday morning after the bus picked up a student at a farm southeast of Oakland, Iowa, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east […]
  • US judge: Covert FBI sources can testify while IDs hidden

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to preserve the secret identities of two covert FBI sources who gathered evidence against a man who tried to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria. Federal District Judge Terrence Boyle on Wednesday said an FBI employee known as “Zaydan” and a non-government source called “Nusaybah” can testify […]
  • Police: Estranged husband kills wife, self at college campus

    MONACA, Pa. (AP) — A woman who worked at a Penn State satellite campus apparently was shot dead by her estranged husband in a university parking lot on Wednesday, and the man then killed himself, police said. Multiple shots were fired just before 4 p.m. near a Penn State Beaver dining hall, where the woman […]
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said […]
  • NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has opened an investigation into the Nov. 29 incident. Delta flight 2196 had been cleared to land and […]
  • Bill banning Down syndrome abortions heads to Ohio governor

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In one of their last acts of the year, Ohio lawmakers moved Wednesday to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome and sent the measure to Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is likely to sign it. Two states, Indiana and North Dakota, already have passed laws like the one […]
  • Iowa district apologizes to student in cancer recovery

    WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A school district in southeast Iowa has apologized after disciplining a student for dress-code violations when she covered her head after losing her hair during cancer treatments. Chloe Terpenning, 15, was disciplined last week at West Burlington High School for not following the school’s dress code regarding head wear, the […]
  • Widow of unarmed man ‘betrayed’ by acquittal of ex-officer

    PHOENIX (AP) — The widow of an unarmed Texas man who was killed by an Arizona police officer in videotaped shooting that later gained widespread attention says she feels “betrayed” by jurors who acquitted him of murder. Laney Sweet said her husband, Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas, was executed last year as he begged for […]
  • Rep. Black describes enduring sexual misconduct as lawmaker

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved and ban such taxpayer-funded settlements going forward. The Republican from Tennessee wrote in an op-ed […]
  • US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces. Army Col. Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for Africa Command, said Wednesday that Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service […]
  • DHS secretary: Border wall would help ease ‘national crisis’

    HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the remarks Wednesday while standing in front of the existing border fence north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. She said she didn’t know when the […]
  • Missouri man charged with phone threats to Georgia mosque

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Missouri man with making threatening phone calls to a mosque in Georgia. An indictment unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 49-year-old Preston Q. Howard with placing 10 threatening calls to the Islamic Society of Augusta, Georgia, between June and August. The indictment says […]