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August 18, 2016 - 4:18pm
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has terminated its contract with a lawyer after a published report says he supported Neo-Nazi groups.

The Baltimore Sun reports that ( ) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office announced the termination of a one-year contract with Glen Keith Allen on Thursday. He had been a contract employee with the city's law department.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Allen was a dues-...

August 18, 2016 - 4:14pm
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office says a Texas lawyer and at least two other people have been acquitted of charges that they tried to commit fraud after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Jurors began delivering verdicts Thursday afternoon, according to Sheila Wilbanks, the spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis in southern Mississippi.

She says San Antonio lawyer Mikal Watts, his brother David Watts and Watts...

August 18, 2016 - 4:13pm
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law prohibiting New York City's morgues and hospitals from sending unclaimed bodies to medical and mortuary schools without the consent of the dead person or next of kin.

The law, effective in 30 days, requires the consent in writing.

Sponsors say unclaimed bodies were given to schools for dissection, autopsy or study after 48 hours, resulting in instances when the family was unaware of the death....

August 18, 2016 - 4:11pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The daytime slayings of an imam and his friend has forced New York City's Muslim community to confront issues of surveillance and privacy.

A friend of the killed men initially called on the mayor and police to put security cameras outside city mosques following the Aug. 13 killings.

But the community has since backed off that request.

Advocate Debbie Almontaser says Thursday initial calls for cameras were made out...

August 18, 2016 - 3:59pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — It's Donald Trump like he's never been seen before.

Life-size naked statues of the Republican presidential nominee have been put up in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland. They're the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which says it's vehemently against a Trump presidency.

The statues were created by an artist in Cleveland. They are of a stern-faced Trump with his hands folded over a...

August 18, 2016 - 3:59pm
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FIFE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a tanker rollover that caused a highway closure in Washington state (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

A section of a major freeway in Washington state has reopened state after a tanker truck rolled over and spilled fuel near the Port of Tacoma.

The News Tribune reports that at least some of the 7,700 gallons of fuel the tanker was hauling spilled in the crash, which happened about 9:15 a.m. as the...

August 18, 2016 - 3:57pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two masked intruders were captured after entering the Oklahoma Capitol, rummaging through a senator's office and splashing around in a second-floor bathroom.

The intruders? Raccoons.

Senate officials say security footage shows the pair sneaking down a Senate hallway on Wednesday night and exploring an office. A cleaning crew trapped the raccoons in a bathroom and called animal control officers.

Oklahoma City...

August 18, 2016 - 3:49pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.

Spokesman John Kirby says negotiations over the United States' returning Iranian money from a decades-old account was conducted separately from the prisoner talks. But he says the U.S. withheld delivery of the cash as leverage until the U.S. citizens had left Iran.

Both events occurred Jan. 17.


August 18, 2016 - 3:32pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to mark the 25th anniversary of one of New York City's most searing race riots with a family oriented festival has brought criticism from relatives of a man killed in the violence.

Organizers say Sunday's event in Brooklyn's Crown Heights is meant to showcase unity.

The neighborhood was shaken in 1991 by four days of violence. It erupted after a car in a prominent rabbi's motorcade fatally hit Gavin Cato, a black 7-year-old....

August 18, 2016 - 3:31pm
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The father of a southwest Missouri man charged in weekend shootings that left six people and two dogs wounded says he believes his son was suffering a psychotic episode.

The Joplin Globe ( ) reports that Tom Mourning Sr. says his son, 26-year-old Tom Mourning II, has had mental health issues. The younger Mourning is jailed on $1 million bond on multiple counts of armed criminal action, first-degree felony assault and unlawful use...

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