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  • The Latest: Authorities looking at retaliation as a motive

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on a fatal shooting outside a Mississippi courthouse (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says authorities are investigating whether William Wells shot Kendrick Brown Monday out of retaliation. Guest says Sherry Wells, William Wells' mother, was an informant who was...

  • Arizona man accused of decapitating wife emits howl in court

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man who authorities say decapitated his wife and two dogs and gouged his own eye out let out a moaning howl in court after a prosecutor told a judge what the man had allegedly done, according to video released Monday. Kenneth Wakefield appeared in court Saturday after being released from a hospital and booked into jail...

  • Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has turned down an extradition request from Poland for a Russian art dealer living in New York. The judge on Monday rejected the request to extradite Alexander Khochinskiy. He faces charges in Poland accusing him of refusing to turn over an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during...

  • Tent collapses with 250 inside at New Hampshire fairgrounds

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say 250 people were inside a circus tent when it collapsed as a strong storm moved through the state, causing some injuries. It happened Monday evening at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord. State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan says a couple of the injuries are believed...

  • States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama's plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of...

  • The Latest: Memphis mayor: 'Our nation was a community'

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said he got condolences from all over the country in the days after a police officer was gunned down on the side of the road. He heard from people in Iowa, in Philadelphia, and in the...

  • Ex-con accused of killing police officer turns self in

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, authorities said. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, is accused of killing officer Sean Bolton on Saturday night, after the officer approached a car along a street that had been known for...

  • Prosecutor: Police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday. The two Albuquerque officers charged with murder in the death of...

  • Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said 15-year-old Shion Isimel of the Ivory Coast has...

  • Venezuela first lady runs for congress; spouse's foe blocked

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's first lady will run for congress while an opposition leader has been formally barred from the contest. Election officials rejected former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado's attempt to register as a candidate Monday for congressional elections Dec. 6. Hours later, President Nicolas Maduro announced that...

  • Judge: Idaho's anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws in other states. U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the law...

  • Plush toy-maker creates 'Cecil the Lion' Beanie Baby

    CHICAGO (AP) — Toy-maker Ty Inc. has created a "Cecil the Lion" Beanie Baby to raise funds for animal conservation efforts. Creation of the toy comes after an American dentist was accused of killing the well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe in an allegedly illegal hunt. The incident set off a worldwide uproar. Ty Inc. CEO Ty Warner said...

  • Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that — if successful — would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity. Touting the plan at a White House ceremony, Obama described his unprecedented carbon dioxide limits as...

  • Texas attorney general accused of lying to investors

    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an investment opportunity: a tech startup making data servers. He told people he had put his own money into Servergy Inc., according to prosecutors, and helped persuade a state lawmaker and another wealthy businessman to buy more than $100,000 in shares. All the while, Paxton was...

  • Burundi rights activist shot and wounded in the capital

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A leading rights activist in Burundi was shot and wounded late Monday by unknown assailants in the capital, Bujumbura, a civic leader said. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, president of The Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons, was fired upon while walking home, said Vital Nshimirimana. Mbonimpa...

  • Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58M debt payment

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment in a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory. Puerto Rico made a partial payment of $628,000 in interest but could not afford to make the remainder, which was due Saturday, because the...

  • Q&A: A look at the indictment of Texas' attorney general

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is charged with three felony counts of securities fraud in an indictment unsealed Monday. Here's a closer look at what the case against him means. ___ WHAT CHARGES DOES HE FACE? All of the charges relate to activities before Paxton was elected attorney general last fall. Two of them are...

  • Baltimore homicide spike: city, fed partner against crime

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police and civic leaders have kicked off a 60-day partnership with five federal agencies to embed their special agents with that city's homicide detectives to counter a spike in homicides, and other violent crime. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Acting Police...

  • Head of US Capitol Police to step down in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is planning to retire in January. In a statement late Monday, the U.S. Capitol Police Board said Kim Dine would step down and thanked him for his leadership after more than 2½ years. The Capitol Police are responsible for providing security for lawmakers, staff and visitors to the...

  • Pleas filed for 2 Oklahoma brothers in family stabbings

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge entered not guilty pleas Monday for two brothers charged with stabbing their parents and three siblings to death last month at their suburban Tulsa home. Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, were each charged last week with five counts of first-degree murder in the July 22 attack. The older boy could face the...

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