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July 20, 2016 - 8:29pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County district attorney has cleared a police officer in the shooting death of a homeless man on a city street.

The Oklahoman reports ( ) that District Attorney David Prater wrote that Sgt. Steve Helmer had "no viable option" but to shoot Derek Prophet on May 25.

Police say Prophet was among a group of homeless men loitering near an intersection and that Helmer and another officer told the group...

July 20, 2016 - 8:24pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman accused of sympathizing with the Islamic State group is facing more federal charges related to her alleged online threats against federal agents and military members.

A new indictment Tuesday replaces one returned against 38-year-old Safya Roe Yassin of Buffalo in February, adding additional counts of transmitting a threatening communication and conspiracy.

Authorities allege that from May 2015 to...

July 20, 2016 - 8:18pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury that heard evidence for more than a year on possible spending violations by ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has disbanded after its term expired.

But legal experts said Tuesday that doesn't necessarily mean the Peoria Republican is off the legal hook.

He resigned in March 2015 after coming under intense scrutiny for his spending, including redecorating his office in the style of TV's "Downton Abbey."

July 20, 2016 - 8:00pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A dead humpback whale that kept floating up near Southern California beaches has finally been laid to rest.

The Los Angeles Times ( ) says the rotting carcass of a 45-foot-long female named Wally was cut up on an Encinitas beach on Monday and trucked to a San Diego landfill.

The body of the 15-year-old female was towed about a half-dozen times since it first washed ashore at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles...

July 20, 2016 - 7:35pm
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The Republican National Convention has resumed in Cleveland.

July 20, 2016 - 7:29pm
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MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

7 p.m.

Florida could be getting another $5.6 million in federal funding to assist in the fight against the Zika virus.

The White House reported in a news release Wednesday that President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Florida Gov. Rick Scott regarding what might be the United States' first non-travel-related Zika case. The President noted during the call...

July 20, 2016 - 6:54pm
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of three suspects in the fatal beatings of two homeless men in Albuquerque has pleaded no contest to first- and second-degree murder and no contest to aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon.

The teen was 15 at the time of the 2014 attacks and The Associated Press isn't naming him because he's still a juvenile.

The Albuquerque Journal ( reports the teen's plea deal Wednesday calls for 45 years in...

July 20, 2016 - 6:47pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An appeals court has dealt the strongest blow yet to Texas' strict voter ID law, ruling that it violates federal protections against discrimination at the ballot box and must be reshaped before November so as not to unfairly harm poor and minority Texas residents.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans found Wednesday that the law violates provisions of the Voting Rights Act. It ordered a lower court to determine ways Texas can fix the law prior...

July 20, 2016 - 6:44pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor says he plans to release video footage from a police shooting in which city officers killed a black man earlier this month.

Mayor Sylvester Turner says it is part of efforts to preserve community safety in the wake of recent shootings of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other cities.

Turner says given the country's tense atmosphere, he wants to dispute claims on social media that 38-year-old Alva...

July 20, 2016 - 6:31pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Police say thieves have broken into the New York City home of a fashion designer who gained fame when she dated comic Jerry Seinfeld and have stolen $1.5 million worth of jewelry.

Designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss tells the New York Post ( ) she's heartbroken and feels "beyond violated" by the burglary.

The 41-year-old Gruss discovered the break-in Tuesday when she returned to her Manhattan home from a weekend at...

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