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FILE - This Feb. 20, 2019, file photo shows a makeshift memorial with flowers and candles that has been set up at the front door of a home in Houston where a couple who lived there were killed during a Jan. 28, 2019, drug raid by Houston police. A second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following the deadly 2019 drug raid, prosecutors announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

More Houston officers indicted in wake of deadly drug raid

Jan. 25, 2021 9:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid, prosecutors announced Monday. In all, a dozen officers...

FILE — In his Dec. 18, 2020 file photo a runner passes the office of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. California reported a significant surge in unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, accounting for more than a quarter of all such climbs nationally and raising concerns about a return of widespread fraud, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

Jan. 25, 2021 9:08 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sophisticated hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole over $11 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year, but the extent of the fraud might grow far larger: billions more in payments are under investigation. California Labor Secretary Julie Su told...

Woman charged in Capitol riot may be released pending trial

Jan. 25, 2021 9:05 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of a Tennessee man who authorities say carried flexible plastic handcuffs during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month can be released from custody, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday in Tennessee. Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the U.S. Capitol...

Businessman seeks to avoid prison in Giuliani-tinged case

Jan. 25, 2021 9:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who hired Rudy Giuliani to lend credibility to a fraud-busting company that was a fraud itself is seeking to avoid a prison sentence at his upcoming sentencing. A lawyer for David Correia said in a submission to a judge Monday that his client is a changed man no longer...

Ex-utility employee gets prison for California fraud scheme

Jan. 25, 2021 8:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Pacific Gas & Electric employee was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme to secure PG&E contracts for his cousin's business, federal prosecutors said. Ronald S. Schoenfeld, 65, was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5...

Houston Police investigate the scene of a shooting on the 100 block of East 44th Street, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Houston. Houston police say the suspect in a fatal shooting was shot by an officer after opening fire on him. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston slaying suspect shot by police after opening fire

Jan. 25, 2021 8:22 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The suspect in a fatal shooting in Houston was shot by an officer after opening fire on him Monday, police said. The suspect, who hasn't been named, was in critical condition at a hospital, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference. “Who knows, if...

COVID-19 vaccine theft charge dismissed against Texas doc

Jan. 25, 2021 8:12 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a theft charge against a Houston area health department doctor who had been accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends. Authorities had alleged that Hasan Gokal, who worked...

Police investigate after a driver struck and injured at least five people over a 20-block stretch of Southeast Portland, Ore., before crashing and fleeing on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, according to witnesses. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

Motorist hits at least 6 people in Portland, driver arrested

Jan. 25, 2021 8:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A motorist fatally struck one person and hit other people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, Monday before he fled on foot and was arrested, police said. One person who was hit died at a hospital, police said. Five other people were hurt and taken to hospitals....

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020 file photo Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks during a news conference. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Wheeler said the ongoing criminal destruction and violence occurring in his city - which has been the epicenter of protests against racial injustice for eight months - is

Report: Portland mayor pepper-sprayed man who confronted him

Jan. 25, 2021 7:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a man who confronted him and a former mayor as they left a restaurant Sunday evening, according to a police report. Wheeler and and Sam Adams, who served one term as Portland mayor from 2009 to 2013, had been eating in a tented area...

Then-Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, speaks as The Missouri House and Senate meet in their respective Capitol chambers in Jefferson City, Mo, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. The Missouri senator on Monday, Jan. 25, 20121 pitched a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property and give immunity to people who run over demonstrators blocking traffic.  (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)

Missouri bill would allow deadly force against demonstrators

Jan. 25, 2021 7:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator on Monday pitched a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property and give immunity to people who run over demonstrators blocking traffic. The proposal is one of several that follow sometimes violent protests in Missouri last...