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Researchers: Lanza documents may boost study of mass killers

Dec. 10, 2018 4:51 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The disclosure of Adam Lanza's writings and other documents offer little toward understanding why he carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, but researchers say the detail on the gunman's mental decline could offer insights into the mind of a mass killer. Some...

Italy: Teen, club owners investigated in fatal stampede

Dec. 10, 2018 2:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors said Monday they have placed eight people, including one minor, under investigation in connection with a stampede at a packed nightclub that killed six people, five of them teenagers. Authorities stressed that the investigation was just beginning. Investigators are seeking...

Mental health workers start weeklong strike in California

Dec. 10, 2018 2:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California started a weeklong strike Monday to protest what they say is a lack of staffing that affects care. Outside Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area dozens of workers marched...

Lawyer: Mom accused in son's decapitation 'mentally ill'

Dec. 9, 2018 1:08 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The attorney for a Houston woman accused of drowning and decapitating her 5-year-old son says she is a "very mentally ill individual." Lihui Liu remained jailed Sunday without bond after being charged with capital murder. She appeared in court Friday. The boy's father found his body wrapped...

APNewsBreak: Assaults increase at Washington mental hospital

Dec. 3, 2018 5:14 PM EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The tall, lanky patient walked out of his room at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital and spit on two patients before ducking back inside. A few minutes later, he came back out and punched two patients, so Larry Herbert, a licensed practical nurse, went after the man. As...

Lawmakers press for fingerprinting of detention camp staff

Nov. 29, 2018 8:27 PM EST

As lawmakers called Thursday for stricter background checks and a public hearing to further investigate problems at a massive detention camp for migrant teens, the agency responsible for the shelter said it could take as long as a month to complete FBI fingerprint scans for the 2,100 staffers working there. More...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy

Nov. 29, 2018 3:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Diocese says Iowa priest who threatened rape has recovered

Nov. 28, 2018 3:38 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese on Wednesday defended its decision to continue employing a priest who told police he was trying to rape a woman when he was arrested naked in an Iowa mall in 2013. The Diocese of Sioux City issued a statement for the first time acknowledging the 5-year-old...

Girlfriend: Shooter prone to violence before deadly rampage

Nov. 28, 2018 11:56 AM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The girlfriend of a woman who gunned down three co-workers at a Maryland warehouse told investigators her companion was prone to violent outbursts, heard voices in her head and had threatened her with a gun before September's rampage, according to a police report obtained by The...

US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp

Nov. 28, 2018 12:31 AM EST

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers, according to an Associated Press investigation and a new federal watchdog report....