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April 13, 2015 - 10:01pm
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Bakersfield police officer is under investigation after allegations that he improperly handled the corpse of a man shot by officers — and even joked about tickling his feet.

A police statement Monday says Senior Officer Aaron Stringer was placed on paid administrative last November, two days after 22-year-old Ramiro Villegas was killed after a car chase.

Police say Villegas was shot after he reached for his waistband. No...

April 13, 2015 - 9:56pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Deval Patrick has a new job.

The former Democratic Massachusetts governor will be joining the Boston firm Bain Capital to develop a line of so-called "social impact" investing to support causes from climate change to hunger.

Bain Capital was founded by Patrick's predecessor in the governor's office, Republican Mitt Romney.

Patrick told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1DcMblc ) that the opportunity is "a chance to...

April 13, 2015 - 9:40pm
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QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A man police say set off an explosion in his car is held without bail after investigators found bomb-making materials inside the vehicle.

Police say they don't suspect terrorism, and there didn't appear to be any risk to others.

Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Brennan Jr. of Norwell pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of an incendiary device. Authorities say he faces more charges after they found explosives at his home....

April 13, 2015 - 9:37pm
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DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in southern Oklahoma for the murder trial of a 17-year-old charged in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

Chancey Luna of Duncan is charged in Stephens County with first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane as Lane was jogging. Lane was a member of the East Central University baseball team in Ada. He was in Duncan to visit his girlfriend. Investigators have said...

April 13, 2015 - 9:24pm
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man tossed gasoline on a bouncer and then lit him on fire after he was kicked out of a bar.

Port St. Lucie Police Sgt. Frank Sabol was quoted by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers http://bit.ly/1FPbRFe as saying that the man had been paying with bounced checks and was told on Sunday night he would have to pay with cash or a debit card. A short time later he was kicked out of Neely's Grog House.

Sabol says the...

April 13, 2015 - 9:05pm
1 week 5 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. EX-GUARDS IN IRAQ SHOOTINGS DRAW LONG SENTENCES

One former Blackwater guard receives life in prison and three others draw 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians.

2. VOLUNTEER SHERIFF'S DEPUTY FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE IN OKLAHOMA

The victim was fatally shot on...

April 13, 2015 - 9:02pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A speeding driver convicted of crashing into a car taking expectant parents to a New York City hospital, killing the couple and their baby, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Julio Acevedo (ah-seh-VAY'-doh) was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors estimate the 46-year-old driver from Brooklyn was going 70 mph — more than twice the legal speed limit —...

April 13, 2015 - 8:44pm
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane school district official says the district has started removing from classrooms any children who can't prove they have had legally required vaccinations.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said 143 students had been removed by the end of Monday. More than 700 students in the state's second-largest district lack complete vaccination documents, so that number is expected to rise.

Morrison says the Spokane district is...

April 13, 2015 - 8:33pm
1 week 5 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the legal opinion issued by Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday, a day before the full House is scheduled to vote on the measure sponsored by freshman Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton of Bean Station....

April 13, 2015 - 8:10pm
1 week 5 days ago

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby and her grandmother in what prosecutors call a botched kidnapping plot says he's so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them.

Raghunandan Yandamuri (rag-oo-NAHN'-dahn yahn-duh-MOHR'-ee) accuses the attorneys of not responding to his calls or letters. He said Monday in Montgomery County Court if his appeal keeps going the same way he...

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