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April 10, 2014 - 3:29am
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.

Tim McWhorter, a captain and chief investigator with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, said Thursday that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told authorities that he had worked for multiple cartels but that he would never divulge the names or cartel affiliations of his criminal associates....

April 10, 2014 - 3:28am
1 week 2 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama lauded his Democratic predecessor's ability to grasp like few others the power of government to bring about change and swing...

April 10, 2014 - 3:26am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The 219-205 vote on the budget outline takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government's chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn't in the offing...

April 10, 2014 - 3:23am
1 week 2 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia was also ordered to make more than $8 million in restitution to Bell.

Spaccia was the first of seven former public officials to be sentenced for their roles in the scandal that...

April 10, 2014 - 3:08am
1 week 2 days ago

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise running through Thursday will determine which of the five service academies can create...

April 10, 2014 - 3:03am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The once high-flying hedge fund SAC Capital was sentenced on criminal fraud charges Thursday under a $1.8 billion deal that prosecutors say included the largest criminal fine ever imposed in an insider trading case.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan formally administered the sentence on Stamford, Conn.-based SAC Capital LP and three related entities based on pleas last fall by the companies to wire fraud and securities fraud....

April 10, 2014 - 2:57am
1 week 2 days ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed "like a deer in the headlights" hours later and doesn't fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the beginnings of a possible mental health defense.

Deepening the mystery of what set off the violence, attorney Patrick Thomassey said Alex Hribal had no history of mental illness or troublemaking, didn't abuse drugs and was no outcast at school,...

April 10, 2014 - 2:46am
1 week 2 days ago

Police officers who receive crisis intervention training are taught how to recognize when someone with serious mental illness might be having a psychiatric crisis. Considering the overall circumstances, police look for these behaviors in a subject:

— Behavior that doesn't fit the circumstance (example: laughing at a funeral)

— Non-verbal and easily distracted

— Bizarre and disjointed thinking (delusions, hallucinations)...

April 10, 2014 - 2:44am
1 week 2 days ago

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.

But Lower Merion Township police officer Matthew Freind used his mental health training to calmly talk to the man and defuse the crisis.

"No force was necessary," Freind said. "He thanked me. He said, 'You're the only person that's ever...

April 10, 2014 - 2:29am
1 week 2 days ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico's largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at cleaning up its police force.

The report, which immediately drew support from Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and other city officials, came after federal officials spent months conducting...

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