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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...

Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts

Nov. 17, 2018 10:07 AM EST

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in Pennsylvania and North Carolina illustrate the importance of how...

Egyptian sentenced to death for killing Christian doctor

Nov. 17, 2018 5:53 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has sentenced an alleged Islamic State supporter to death for stabbing and killing an 82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo. The September 2017 killing took place when the 40-year-old, pretending to be a patient, requested to see the doctor. He started stabbing the doctor as soon as he...

Experts weigh the record of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal

Nov. 17, 2018 4:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group's heinous actions. Was it worth it?...

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...

Lawyer for WikiLeaks' Assange says he would fight charges

Nov. 17, 2018 1:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump investigation. Assange,...

New Mexico woman sues hospital for resuscitating her

Nov. 17, 2018 12:13 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman who was brought back to life is suing the hospital for violating her rights. The Albuquerque Journal reports lawyers for Jamie Sams filed a lawsuit this week in New Mexico state district court against Santa Fe's Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The...

Attorney: Prosecutors stalled Kansas prison recordings probe

Nov. 16, 2018 11:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed attorney investigating whether federal prosecutors in Kansas improperly listened to recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys testified Friday that he was stunned and disappointed when he realized months into the investigation that the U.S....

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...

US border agent's 2nd trial in teen's killing goes to jury

Nov. 16, 2018 10:11 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The fate of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of deliberately shooting at a Mexican teenager for throwing rocks across the border is in the hands of a jury. Attorneys made closing arguments Friday in the federal voluntary manslaughter trial involving Lonnie Swartz, the Arizona Daily...