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New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

Nov. 17, 2018 10:33 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham - on the same day voters...

Afghan official: Taliban target police checkpoint, killing 5

Nov. 17, 2018 7:51 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that at least five police officers have been killed when their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the northwestern Badghis province. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, says three other police were wounded and another detained by the...

Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

Nov. 17, 2018 3:40 AM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Commission didn't pass any...

The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

Nov. 16, 2018 10:14 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more...

Baltimore mayor picks Fort Worth chief as next top cop

Nov. 16, 2018 6:46 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor announced Friday she has chosen a Texas police chief as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force, seeking to rein in a soaring pace of violent crime and boost public trust in a tattered department where instability has become the norm. In an op-ed published late...

The Latest: Florida massacre panel begins debate

Nov. 16, 2018 5:13 PM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the panel investigating the Florida high school massacre (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre is beginning discussions on what recommendations it will make regarding school safety, mental health and steps to...

Clergy, activists seek independent probe in guard's death

Nov. 16, 2018 4:04 PM EST

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) — A group of clergy and activists are calling for an independent investigation into a bar security guard's fatal shooting by a suburban Chicago police officer. About 50 people rallied Friday in the Midlothian police parking lot to protest Sunday's slaying of 26-year-old Jemel...

Fugitive Macedonian ex-PM 'passed through' Montenegro

Nov. 16, 2018 3:12 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A former prime minister who fled Macedonia while facing prison for a corruption conviction entered Montenegro from Albania on Sunday but left the same day, Montenegro's police said Friday. Nikola Gruevski passed through Montenegro on Nov. 11, when he wasn't the subject of...

NYPD shakes up sex crime unit after Weinstein, staffing woes

Nov. 15, 2018 9:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Police Department is shaking up its embattled special victims division, where a top detective has twice been accused of interfering in the Harvey Weinstein investigation and a city watchdog says the staff is stretched too thin to properly review sexual assault cases....

Thousands warmly recall officer hailed as bar shooting hero

Nov. 15, 2018 6:43 PM EST

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — The sheriff's sergeant who gave his life saving others during a mass shooting last week was remembered warmly Thursday as a deeply religious man devoted to family who could be counted on to never hesitate a moment to put his own life on the line if it meant helping others....