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June 19, 2015 - 1:30am
1 week 4 days ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species — people — as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks.

Park visitors carrying global positioning devices have provided Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado data to improve shuttle service to a popular, and often congested, lake.

Another recent study at Yosemite National Park in California tracked where people stroll through...

June 19, 2015 - 1:16am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 220 inmates who broke, sneaked, climbed and crawled out of secure state prisons nationwide are on the books as being on the loose, according to a 50-state survey by The Associated Press. A look at a few cases:



The first time Florida inmate Glen Stark Chambers escaped, he and two other inmates used bedsheets to shimmy down the side of a Sarasota jail. He was being held...

June 19, 2015 - 1:13am
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The Associated Press asked all 50 states for a current total of escapees from secure, locked state prisons where they were held full-time, not including those who walked off from work release or other unfenced settings.

States keep varying data on such escapes. Some states supplied data for all time, while others included only recent years. In states whose data reaches back to the first half of the 20th century, officials say some of the escapees are almost certainly...

June 19, 2015 - 1:12am
1 week 4 days ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been convicted of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict Friday against 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham. He was convicted on multiple federal sexual misconduct charges after a trial in Oklahoma City and faces decades in prison at sentencing.

Durham was acquitted on charges alleging he left Oklahoma with the intent to abuse children.


June 19, 2015 - 1:02am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts. A murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck. And a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.

The Associated Press found in a coast-to-coast survey that more than 220 state prison escapees nationwide are listed as on the loose....

June 18, 2015 - 10:41pm
1 week 4 days ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the South Carolina man accused of killing nine people at Charleston's historic Emanuel AME church says he had complained that "blacks were taking over the world."

The friend, who alerted the FBI after the shooting, says Dylann Roof also said "someone needed to do something about it for the white race."

Roof's record includes drug and trespassing charges. But the Southern Poverty Law Center says it's not clear if...

June 18, 2015 - 10:34pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) office says negotiations between the city and federal authorities over reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex should reach "a successful conclusion" soon.

Press secretary Karen Hinton says details of a reform agreement are being worked through but should be concluded within days. A deadline to produce something has been set for Monday.

City and federal prosecutors have...

June 18, 2015 - 10:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman has died after a collision between a suspected smuggling boat and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel off the coast of San Diego County.

Authorities spotted a boat before dawn Thursday off Encinitas, California, that was carrying 20 people suspected of trying to enter the country illegally.

CBP spokeswoman Jackie Wasiluk says authorities ordered the skipper of the 26-foot-long boat to stop and fired warning shots when...

June 18, 2015 - 10:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman has been charged with beating her boyfriend to death with canned food.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed a murder charge against 59-year-old Linda Jackson of Lake Los Angeles.

She was jailed. It's unclear whether she had obtained an attorney.

KNBC-TV ( ) says Jackson is charged with striking her 59-year-old boyfriend, David Ruiz, in the head with a can of peas, a can...

June 18, 2015 - 9:49pm
1 week 4 days ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state's relentless drought.

The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy, California, filed a lawsuit on Thursday asking a judge to suspend the order issued by the state Water Resources Control Board. Last week, the state suspended pumping for more than 100 water users in California holding the some of...

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