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January 26, 2016 - 2:17pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and the top two Democrats in the Republican-led Congress are comparing notes on what they want to get done this year before lawmakers pivot to campaigning full-time for re-election.

White House spokeswoman Jen Friedman says Obama, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid met at the White House to discuss several areas for bipartisan action, including building on last year's budget agreement....

January 26, 2016 - 2:11pm
1 week 4 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Jurors returned with a guilty verdict on all 20 counts Tuesday afternoon. They began deliberating the day before.

Prosecutors accused John Bills, the former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation, of accepting cash and gifts to help Redflex Traffic Systems...

January 26, 2016 - 2:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a man who said he wanted to protect an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Authorities arrested a man who was heard saying he wanted to join armed occupiers at a southeastern Oregon wildlife refuge and help kill federal agents.

Deputies and state troopers responded Monday to a store in Hines— a town 30 miles...

January 26, 2016 - 2:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — A police officer has been released from jail after posting bond over allegations that he used a stun gun on a City Council member while arresting him in a small, predominantly black college town in Texas.

The Waller County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Prairie View Officer Michael Kelley posted a $3,000 bond after being booked Monday night. Kelley was indicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of official oppression.

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January 26, 2016 - 2:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says with a laugh that he wants to use the guillotine to execute drug dealers at public executions.

The governor's office said Tuesday the remark during a radio interview on WVOM was just a joke to illustrate his support for tougher penalties for drug crimes.

In the interview LePage laughed when he talked about using the guillotine to chop off the heads of drug traffickers.

Maine...

January 26, 2016 - 1:56pm
1 week 4 days ago

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Amherst College trustees have voted to stop using Lord Jeff as the school's unofficial mascot because of its negative historical connotations.

The mascot is named for 18th-century British Gen. Jeffery Amherst, known for suggesting a plan to deliver smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. Amherst was the commander of British forces in North America during the French and Indian War.

Trustees Chairman Cullen Murphy said in...

January 26, 2016 - 1:50pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate magnate and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman has announced a scholarship program to pay for American graduate students in the sciences to study in Israel.

Zuckerman says the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program will provide more than $100 million in scholarships over the next 20 years.

It will provide funding for American graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to study at Israeli universities. They include Hebrew...

January 26, 2016 - 1:45pm
1 week 3 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — On top of millions of dollars in pledged governmental aid, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, companies large and small, the rich and famous, and many other individuals all have targeted Flint for significant charitable giving — in the form of money and millions of bottles of water.

But how much of that has found its way to the struggling city of 100,000, where the water supply became contaminated with lead as early as 2014 and sparked a public...

January 26, 2016 - 1:44pm
1 week 4 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a white Atlanta-area police officer who shot a naked, mentally ill black veteran who was unarmed has resigned.

Maj. Stephen Fore with the DeKalb County Police Department says Officer Robert Olsen resigned from the department Monday. Olsen was indicted last week on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, violating oath of office and making a false statement in the shooting death of Anthony Hill.

Olsen shot Hill on March...

January 26, 2016 - 1:39pm
1 week 4 days ago

An attorney for a young black man shot and paralyzed by a sheriff's deputy told jurors the deputy used excessive force when he opened fire and was "dressed for war."

Attorney Jack Scarola told the federal jury during opening statements Tuesday that Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin had no reasonable cause when he shot Dontrell Stephens in September 2013.

Lin had stopped Stephens for riding his bicycle in front of a truck and opened fire within four...

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