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May 20, 2016 - 5:43am
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PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have identified the man killed in an exchange of gunfire with Phoenix police that also left an officer fatally wounded.

Phoenix police say 19-year-old Israel Santos-Banos died in the gunfire Wednesday.

Police say officer David Glasser and his partner responded after a homeowner called 911 and reported his son was stealing guns.

They say the officers parked behind a car in the driveway of a home in the...

May 20, 2016 - 5:22am
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FISTY, Ky. (AP) — A man has been shot and killed by Kentucky State Troopers after they say he threatened them with a gun.

Trooper First Class Jody Sims says in a news release that troopers responded Thursday night to a complaint of an intoxicated man who was fighting with people at a home in Fisty. The man, identified as 36-year-old Timothy Brandon Stacy, had a gun and had fired it several times.

Troopers arrived to find Stacy outside. Stacy ran...

May 20, 2016 - 4:14am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail line is about to extend across metropolitan Los Angeles to the Pacific for the first time since the 1950s.

Starting Friday morning with the opening of the final leg of the Expo Line, riders can now ride Metro rail from the far-inland suburbs some 40 miles to the sands of Santa Monica.

The milestone fulfills a decades-long dream of public officials and transit fans. Its true test, however, will be whether it can shake...

May 20, 2016 - 3:54am
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor says the federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying widespread damages from the 2015 wastewater release from a mine.

Attorney General Hector Balderas sent letters this week to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado officials as New Mexico's threat to sue the agency, the neighboring state and two mining companies remains on the table.

Balderas says New...

May 20, 2016 - 3:25am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of Congo President Joseph Kabila say he is causing a political crisis that could lead to widespread violence.

They accuse Kabila of maneuvering to avoid national elections and remain in office beyond his constitutionally permitted term.

The Obama administration has threatened to sanction anyone who undermines security and democracy in Congo. Yet that warning has so far failed to sway Kabila and members of his government....

May 20, 2016 - 3:14am
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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two former Virginia Tech students charged in the disappearance and death of a 13-year-old girl are due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the January stabbing death of Blacksburg seventh-grader Nicole Lovell. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body.

A...

May 20, 2016 - 3:01am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The suspect in the April shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith is set for a court hearing.

More details in the case against Cardell Hayes may be revealed at Friday's hearing in New Orleans.

Hayes was indicted last month on a second-degree murder charge in Smith's slaying. Hayes was also indicted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder because police say he wounded Smith's wife in the shooting...

May 20, 2016 - 2:17am
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HONOLULU (AP) — The last 50 wild donkeys of a herd on Hawaii's Big Island will be rounded up to mark the final step in a six-year effort to get them in adoptive homes.

The Humane Society of the United States and Big Island residents are working together Friday to prepare the donkeys for adoption. All donkeys will get check-ups from a veterinarian before they're moved to new homes.

Inga Gibson of the Humane Society of the United States says the herd...

May 20, 2016 - 2:05am
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VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is accused of assaulting a 97-year-old woman in a wheelchair at a supermarket in Connecticut.

The alleged assault happened Thursday at an Aldi supermarket in the town of Vernon.

Police say 42-year-old Kirsten Laundry, of Boston, Massachusetts, shoved the elderly woman's face in a "violent manner" while the two were shopping at the store. Laundry also allegedly threatened to withhold food from the woman, who...

May 20, 2016 - 2:04am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the murder-for-hire trial of a former suburban Chicago police officer who's accused of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars in his third wife's death.

Sixty-two-year-old Drew Peterson was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder.

Kathleen Savio's death eight years earlier initially was ruled an accident. Prosecutors reopened the case after the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the ex...

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