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Parole board weighs release of woman in texting suicide case

Sep. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life. Carter, 22, appeared Thursday before the state Parole Board to seek release after...

Lawyers: Videos show inhumane treatment before jail death

Sep. 18, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Video clips show that a man who died in a Georgia jail suffered inhumane treatment in the final hours before he died from complications of dehydration while being held on misdemeanor charges, lawyers for his family said Wednesday. Shali Tilson, 22, was arrested in March 2018 on...

Sheriff: Man in confrontation with deputies died by suicide

Sep. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that an Arkansas man found dead after an exchange of gunfire with a southwest Missouri sheriff's deputy died of a self-inflicted wound. The Joplin Globe reports Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser said in a news release Tuesday that 28-year-old Kenneth Ashburn,...

NY schools first to have 'red flag' petition power on guns

Sep. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms. About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow courts to temporarily...

Judge orders release of far-right extremist in gun case

Sep. 13, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington, D.C., sentenced 31-year-old Jeffrey...

St. Louis area 3-year-old kills himself with gun in bedroom

Sep. 12, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — Another shooting has claimed the life of a child in the St. Louis area, but police say they believe the child found the gun in a bedroom and shot himself. Police say a 3-year-old boy was home with his mother and father when he found an unsecured firearm in a bedroom of their apartment...

Police: Man who killed himself in Nebraska killed Iowa clerk

Sep. 10, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Police have determined that an Illinois man who shot and killed himself as he fled troopers in western Nebraska last month had killed a convenience store clerk in Iowa a day earlier. Bettendorf police released a report Tuesday saying they "are certain based on all the facts and...

Agency recommends firing of Chicago officer who shot friend

Sep. 9, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police oversight agency has recommended the firing of an officer who shot and severely injured his friend after a long night of heavy drinking then lied about what happened, according to a report obtained by the Chicago Tribune. In the report completed this summer, the Civilian...

The Latest: Researcher tied to Epstein quits NY Times board

Sep. 8, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on Jeffery Epstein's ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The director of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research lab who resigned from the university over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein has also resigned from the boards of...

California hotel death investigated as suicide

Sep. 1, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The death of a woman in a chemical incident that sickened nine other people at a Silicon Valley hotel is being investigated as a suicide. San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten confirmed the nature of the investigation Sunday but says her department does not release specific details...