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Alabama officer hurt in shooting that killed 1 improving

May. 22, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was seriously wounded in a shooting that killed another officer is improving, officials said Wednesday as they made plans to remember the fallen man. Officer Webb Sistrunk has been moved into critical care at a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, according to a...

Remains of Holocaust victims laid to rest in Belarus

May. 22, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Remains of more than 1,000 Holocaust victims were laid to rest on Wednesday in a Belarusian city on the border with Poland after a mass grave was discovered on a building site earlier this year. Belarus was home to a large, vibrant Jewish community before World War II, and the...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

May. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with...

Fallen firefighter remembered as selfless public servant

May. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin firefighter killed by gunfire after responding to a medical call has been remembered as a proud father, loving husband, loyal friend and selfless public servant. The funeral service for Mitchell Lundgaard Monday evening at Appleton Alliance Church included eulogies from...

Wisconsin firefighter's family says support is 'astonishing'

May. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Residents of a Wisconsin city have paid their final respects to a firefighter who was killed after a shootout occurred between police and a suspect. Hundreds lined a procession route for Mitch Lundgaard, 36, that wound through Appleton on Monday, starting at a funeral home and ending...

Temple memorial to Florida shooting victims is set ablaze

May. 19, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A wooden temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting was set ablaze Sunday in a symbolic gesture of healing. The "Temple of Time" public art installation was set afire at a ceremony hosted by the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs, where...

Funeral set for Chicago woman strangled, baby cut from womb

May. 19, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

STICKNEY, Ill. (AP) — The visitation, funeral and burial will take place this week for a Chicago woman who was strangled and her baby cut from her womb . According to Mount Auburn Funeral Home in the Chicago suburb of Stickney, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez will have a two-day visitation on Thursday and Friday. The...

US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy

May. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U.S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of the government of President Daniel Ortega, his cousin said Saturday. Eddy Montes Praslin, 56, was shot dead Thursday at La Modelo prison outside...

Teen who died in Colorado school shooting laid to rest

May. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado teen killed while trying to stop a gunman in his school has been laid to rest. About 400 people attended the burial of 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo on Friday following a Catholic funeral service. The crowd included his classmates from the STEM School Highlands Ranch. The...

Lebanese bid farewell to ex-cardinal at state funeral

May. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BKIRKI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon on Thursday laid to rest the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, a key political figure in the country's troubled modern history, following a state funeral attended by top political and spiritual leaders and more than a thousand people. Also attending the...