SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired, a spokesman with the law enforcement agency said Friday.
Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, a State Police spokesman, said he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya was no longer employed by the department. Montoya's termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are asking the judge to bar the public and media from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity.
A motion filed Friday says Holmes' right to an impartial jury would be harmed if the public hears the testimony.
The judge hasn't ruled on the request.
Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the victims were all men in their late 40s or early 50s.
"I've met with the doctors and they informed me that hypothermia...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Judge Carl Barbier (BARB-yay) issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue taking and processing business claims but won't make final decisions or payments until the matter is settled....
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL'-uh) horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.
The new instrument, a rattle called the caxirola (ka-SHE'-rah-luh), creates sound pressure levels similar to normal conversation, according to researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs trader was sentenced on Friday to nine months in prison for wire fraud by a judge who took sharp aim at both Goldman and the government, questioning why it took them so long to bring the misconduct to light.
Matthew Taylor had admitted in a guilty plea this year that he concealed an unauthorized $8.3 billion trading position in 2007. He told Goldman within 36 hours but escaped criminal charges until this year.
NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of a California-based semiconductor company and its ex-chief financial officer won't go to prison after pleading guilty in New York to conspiring to obstruct an anticipated federal investigation.
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. founder Louis Tomasetta (tahm-ah-SEHT'-uh) and Eugene Hovanec (HOH'-vah-nehk) were sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court to three months of probation. They admitted in August that they conspired to destroy or falsify...
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November, the lowest level in five years.
The improving jobs picture benefited a broad range of workers. Unemployment fell across almost all racial and ethnic groups, with a slight increase for Asians. It also dropped for college graduates but ticked up slightly for those with some college education.
The decline happened after the unemployment rate increased in October to 7.3 percent, likely a...
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Having survived getting her neck cut during a domestic dispute, Michelle Rowling worried her former boyfriend would take her life and considered his latest release from jail an ominous sign. With a few clicks on her keyboard, she told the world.
"SOOOOOOOO IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME TONIGHT," the 25-year-old woman posted on her Facebook page. "JUST LET MY KIDS KNOW I LOVED THEM DEARLY AND TELL MY MOMMA I LOVE HER."
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bill Porter, the door-to-door salesman in Portland, Ore., who was portrayed by William H. Macy in an Emmy-winning TV movie, has died at 81.
Porter spent decades trudging through Portland neighborhoods selling J.R. Watkins products, determined to make his way through life independently despite physical challenges. The Oregonian newspaper originally wrote about him at age 63, bringing him celebrity.