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Motive a mystery in fatal California school shooting

Nov. 15, 2019 8:06 PM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy planned the attack that killed two students and wounded three others at a Southern California high school, but investigators were so far unable to find out why he brought a gun to campus and opened fire, authorities said Friday. After more than 40 interviews...

The Latest: Southern California school shooter dies

Nov. 15, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Southern California high school in which two students were killed (all times local): 5 p.m. A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students — killing two — before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

The Latest: Testimony ends in Colorado fiancee murder trial

Nov. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee: (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Testimony has wrapped up in the trial of a Colorado rancher accused of beating his fiancee to death with a baseball bat. Patrick Frazee declined to testify Friday, and his...

The Latest: Attorney says acquitted heiress plans to travel

Nov. 15, 2019 4:18 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a California real estate heiress charged with killing her children’s father (all times local): 1:20 p.m. An attorney for a San Francisco Bay Area heiress acquitted of killing the father of her children says his client plans to travel and reconnect with...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

California school shooting suspect described as quiet, smart

Nov. 15, 2019 12:13 PM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — People who knew the 16-year-old boy suspected of killing two students in a burst of gunfire at a high school outside Los Angeles described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn violent. One fellow junior at Saugus High School said the suspect is a Boy...

Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

Nov. 15, 2019 1:01 AM EST

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl...

Colombia adoptees find family decades after volcano tragedy

Nov. 14, 2019 7:21 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jenifer de la Rosa was just a week old when Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano exploded, unleashing a wall of mud that buried an entire town and left 25,000 dead. In the chaotic aftermath of the 1985 disaster the infant was handed over to a Red Cross worker and eventually...

Indiana prosecutors ask if couple was paid for interviews

Nov. 14, 2019 6:56 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana prosecutors want to know whether a former couple accused of abandoning their adopted daughter has been paid for interviews given to national television shows and tabloids about the case. Prosecutors said the pair left their daughter in Indiana and moved to Canada in 2013....