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August 23, 2014 - 3:38am
1 hour 26 min ago

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires.

More thunderstorms had been forecast for Friday but serious rain failed to materialize and a new flash flood watch was allowed to expire.

Damage to homes from the Thursday evening storms included mud, rushing water and the powerful...

August 23, 2014 - 3:36am
1 hour 26 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A veteran, second-generation police officer was in critical condition in a medically induced coma after being wounded in a shootout where the rookie officer he was training shot and killed a gunman, authorities said.

The wounded officer, 31-year-old Gabriel Garcia, whose father is a captain in his department, underwent surgery for at least two bullet wounds from the protracted gun battle, San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said...

August 23, 2014 - 3:35am
1 hour 26 min ago

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said.

All eight students were in an international program at Palomar College, where 135 Japanese students were staying with host families in the San Diego area, school president Robert Deegan said Friday.

"Any time you lose a...

August 23, 2014 - 3:33am
1 hour 26 min ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk one-on-one with officers about the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown...

August 23, 2014 - 3:02am
2 hours 26 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work.

"This is a technology that has a very real...

August 23, 2014 - 1:59am
2 hours 26 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of marchers are expected to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.

The march on Saturday is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. It will begin at the street where 43-year-old Eric Garner was placed in the fatal chokehold and culminate with a rally at the office of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who this week sent the case to a grand jury...

August 23, 2014 - 1:42am
2 hours 26 min ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.

The documents released Friday by a federal appeals court also show that prosecutors believe Walker personally solicited donations for conservative group Wisconsin...

August 23, 2014 - 1:36am
2 hours 56 min ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, police documents show.

Former star football player Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, investigators said Friday....

August 23, 2014 - 1:24am
2 hours 56 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel — as well as Hamas — to war crimes investigations.

Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page early Saturday that "Hamas has signed the paper" of support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested before joining the court.

Hamas official Izzat Rishq confirmed the...

August 22, 2014 - 11:58pm
4 hours 46 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County Police chief says an officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has been suspended while the department reviews a 2012 video in which the officer calls himself "a killer" and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.

Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1AFT5NV ) Friday that an internal review will start next week into the video of Officer Dan Page, a 35-year...

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