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August 21, 2014 - 7:35pm
14 min 9 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the state's death penalty.

A federal judge ruled last month that the state's death penalty takes too long to carry out. The judge said the unpredictable delay in carrying out executions is unconstitutionally arbitrary and unfair.

Attorney General Kamala Harris says the decision undermines protections that the state's courts provide to...

August 21, 2014 - 6:46pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday.

Making the money available is "the decent thing to do and it's consistent with the progressive spirit of California," Brown said in a statement.

He announced the plan along with Attorney General...

August 21, 2014 - 6:31pm
14 min 9 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in Los Angeles ruled last month that the state's death penalty takes too long to carry out, and that the unpredictable delays are arbitrary and unfair.

Harris, however, said the amount of time it...

August 21, 2014 - 6:29pm
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday.

The man shown in the selfie came forward and spoke with detectives, and members of the public identified the woman in the photo, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin said.

Officials released the selfie Wednesday and have branded the pair persons of interest, not suspects, as...

August 21, 2014 - 6:13pm
14 min 9 sec ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.

Here is a look at some of the issues involved when officers must decide whether to use force, deadly or otherwise:

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Q: How often do police use force, or threaten to use it, against citizens?

A...

August 21, 2014 - 5:53pm
1 hour 44 min ago

BREWSTER, N.Y. (AP) — An ESPN anchor is suing a suburban New York hockey rink over a painful off-ice injury.

Linda Cohn says a heavy change-making machine fell on her arm at Hudson Valley's Brewster Ice Arena and sliced her so badly she needed 25 stitches.

The 54-year-old Southbury, Connecticut, resident raised the allegations in a lawsuit recently served on the rink's owners. She's demanding unspecified damages plus costs and expenses....

August 21, 2014 - 5:52pm
14 min 9 sec ago

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.

The firefighters had just finished dousing cold water on the Campbellsville University marching band and were lowering the ladder when they were shocked by electricity. Two firefighters were in the bucket and two were on the main part of the truck...

August 21, 2014 - 5:52pm
14 min 9 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hunting guide who appears on Animal Planet's "Wild West Alaska" television show has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor hunting or guiding violations, what his attorney calls "paperwork violations."

Jim West, 60, entered the pleas Wednesday in Glennallen, the closest court to his Klutina Lodge in Copper Center. West also owns a gun shop, Wild West Guns, in Anchorage.

West was originally charged with 17 violations. He pleaded...

August 21, 2014 - 5:49pm
1 hour 44 min ago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."

Vice Adm. Ted Carter spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since he arrived as the new superintendent in July. Carter said he spoke with the superintendent of the U.S. Air...

August 21, 2014 - 5:38pm
1 hour 44 min ago

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Pope Francis has called the family of an American journalist whose videotaped beheading by Islamic State militants has touched off torrents of outrage around the world.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi confirms the pope called James Foley's parents, Diane and John Foley, on Thursday. He gave no details of what the pope said.

In the past the Vatican has described such personal calls by the pontiff as private without...

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