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  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police say an Australian woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece whose bodies were found inside her home. Mersane Warria was charged with eight counts of murder on Sunday in a bedside hearing at a hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds. Queensland Police Detective...

  • President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday: — QUIET TIME AT HOME: Obama and the first family spent the morning at their vacation home in the breezy seaside town of Kailua and were greeted by sunny, blue skies. A handful of protesters stood outside the home's entrance...

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl...

  • Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. "They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the...

  • 3 killed in car crash on way to Mexico funeral

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three people were killed in a rollover crash in northern San Diego County while they were on their way to a funeral service in Mexico, authorities said. The driver Jerson Duron, 25, his wife Edith Duron, 22, both of South El Monte, California and Ivette Garcia, 21, of Los Angeles were killed in Friday's crash in Bonsall, the...

  • Holder calls police shootings 'act of barbarism'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as senseless and an "unspeakable act of barbarism." The officers were shot Saturday in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Authorities say the gunman later killed himself. In a statement Saturday night, Holder calls...

  • Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook...

  • Bratton: Cop killer made anti-police online posts

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner says the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were "very anti-police." Police Commissioner William Bratton choked up at a news conference Saturday afternoon as he talked about the fatal shootings of two officers in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant...

  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the...

  • 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton...

  • Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, a longtime mentor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said Saturday Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, in his mid 60s, was seen as a hardliner in the government crackdown against Islamists and secular dissidents. El-Tohamy was put in...

  • Man kills self in police chase, injuring couple

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A man wanted in Oklahoma on kidnapping, robbery and other charges killed himself during a police chase, causing his truck to hit a car and seriously injure an elderly couple, police said. The chase began when investigators learned that 30-year-old Damian Pea may be in Shreveport. Authorities found him Thursday night in a...

  • Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home

    CHICAGO (AP) — A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor's son, Zach, had "injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip." She says the mayor is focused on his son's...

  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide. "The opposition will continue fighting, with or...

  • Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years...

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as an affirmation of Police Commissioner William Bratton's...

  • 4 teens die in fiery head-on crash in Pennsylvania

    PALMERTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say speed was a factor in a fiery head-on crash in eastern Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of four teens and left one car upside-down and another split in two. State troopers in Carbon County said Saturday afternoon that the four were in a sedan heading west on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township that...

  • Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday that the pet, named Stubby, survived. No humans were hurt in Friday's fire, which heavily damaged a home. Authorities are trying to...

  • Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro's speech to Cuba's National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack...

  • Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

    INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors. Jason's Berg's death, "although tragic, was not the result of criminal behavior," Hamilton County District Attorney Marsha Purdue said in a...

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