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August 21, 2014 - 2:16pm
1 week 4 days ago

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — It's move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms.

Pets under 40 pounds are being allowed on two of the 17 floors of Lawrenson residence hall, home to about 400 students.

The pilot program beginning Thursday will include about 24 pets.

Dogs and cats that aren't able to live side-by-side will be...

August 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
1 week 4 days ago

A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years:

UNITED STATES

U.S. policy prohibits government negotiation with terrorists, including paying ransom demands. Technically, family members or employers of captives could be prosecuted for paying ransom on charges of providing support to terrorists, although the government is wrestling with whether that...

August 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
1 week 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

In a Portland courtroom Thursday, 16-year-old Blue Kalmbach told the victim in a barely audible voice that he was "very sincerely sorry."

Kalmbach was the last of four teenagers to be sentenced in the case.

"It's almost impossible to imagine this could happen...

August 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
1 week 4 days ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon says his decision to draw down the Missouri National Guard in Ferguson follows progress in stemming upheaval in the St. Louis suburb since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Nixon tells KMOX-AM that "the last two nights have been really good" in the suburb that had been the center of nightly racial unrest since Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9.

The white officer who shot Brown, Darren...

August 21, 2014 - 1:53pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a damage award to the family of a teenage informant killed while working for police, but lowered the amount the state must pay.

The high court found that Kentucky State Police detectives made inexcusable mistakes in their handling of 17-year-old LeBron Gaither in the hours and days leading up to his death in July 1996.

Gaither was killed on a drive between Nelson and Taylor counties...

August 21, 2014 - 1:48pm
1 week 4 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The husband of an American aid worker released after being treated at an Atlanta hospital for Ebola says she is resting and recuperating at an undisclosed location.

David Writebol says his wife, Nancy Writebol, decided it would be best to leave the hospital "privately." An Emory University doctor said during a news conference this morning that the 59-year-old left the hospital Tuesday after tests showed she was free of the deadly virus.

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August 21, 2014 - 1:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency when it comes to officer-involved shootings.

Police Chief Sam Dotson said Thursday that both officers involved remain on administrative duty pending an internal investigation. One is 25 with three years of police experience; the...

August 21, 2014 - 1:29pm
1 week 3 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday.

The medical examiner determined that Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure.

The toddler's father, Kyle Seitz of Ridgefield, was supposed to take him to day care July 7. Police say he instead went to work and left the boy inside the car for an "extended...

August 21, 2014 - 1:28pm
1 week 3 days ago

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities searched Thursday for a Russian college student reported missing after failing to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park.

Aleksandr Sagiev, 23, was expected back at his job in the deli of the grocery store at Dornan's resort on Monday. He was last seen using his cellphone at the bar of the resort's pizza restaurant the day before, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said.

"It's concerning because he's a very...

August 21, 2014 - 1:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A top city official is showing off cameras she says could curb police brutality allegations and save the city millions of dollars in legal costs.

Public Advocate Letitia James demonstrated the body-worn cameras Thursday at a news conference at her Lower Manhattan office.

James proposed the cameras earlier this month, in the wake of Eric Garner's death from a police chokehold.

She wants police to start a pilot...

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