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January 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
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LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a man who ignored his 90-year-old grandmother's cries for help as she lay on her garage floor has been charged with negligent homicide after she was found dead.

NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1PxdxeT ) quotes officials from the sheriff's office in St. John the Baptist Parish as saying that 33-year-old Neil Oberoi ignored his grandmother's pleas for help when he found her lying on the garage floor Friday...

January 25, 2016 - 6:27pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — Some members of the NAACP are protesting outside a suburban Phoenix school after a photo of students spelling out a racial slur with T-shirts showed up on social media.

Since the photo went viral Friday, an online petition has started that calls for the six Desert Vista High School students involved to be expelled and the principal fired.

Tempe Union High School District officials declined Monday to discuss possible punishment for the...

January 25, 2016 - 6:24pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal weather officials are launching a review of snow-measurement procedures after a weekend storm produced suspiciously low readings at Reagan National Airport near Washington.

The 17.8-inch snowfall reported there was several inches less than totals reported at five locations in the District of Columbia.

The Washington Post reported that airport weather observers lost their snow-measuring device in the blizzard. National...

January 25, 2016 - 6:22pm
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a suspected drunken driver sideswiped a patrol car while a sheriff's deputy was making an arrest in another DUI case.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that deputies were arresting a 36-year-old man about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night when the second car clipped the patrol car. The driver didn't stop but deputies eventually caught up with him.

Deputies arrested 49-year-old Todd M....

January 25, 2016 - 6:01pm
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who struck and killed a police officer investigating an accident on the Long Island Expressway broke down in tears at the trial of another driver charged in the officer's death.

The district attorney did not charge Francis Belizaire.

Instead, James Ryan, whom prosecutors say was driving drunk and set off a sequence of crashes that resulted in the officer's death, is on trial.

Belizaire...

January 25, 2016 - 5:48pm
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A jury of six women and two men has been chosen in the lawsuit filed by a young black man against a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot him and left him paralyzed.

The jurors selected Monday will hear the federal lawsuit filed by 22-year-old Dontrell Stephens against Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin and the sheriff's office.

Lin shot Stephens in September 2013. Lin pulled Stephens over after he cut his bicycle in front of...

January 25, 2016 - 5:47pm
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tourism officials say Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in revenue after a dozen conventions picked cities other than Indianapolis amid the uproar over the state's controversial religious objections law.

A document prepared by tourism group Visit Indy shows that the 12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all said the controversial law played a role in their decisions to locate their events elsewhere.

The document was...

January 25, 2016 - 5:38pm
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of helping an undercover FBI agent posing as a terrorist plan a bombing at a 9/11 commemoration has a long history of mental illness, according to court documents.

The documents unsealed Monday show 20-year-old Joshua Goldberg had an extensive mental illness treatment history before his arrest by federal authorities last fall at his parents' home.

The FBI says Goldberg sent bomb-making plans to an...

January 25, 2016 - 5:23pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — A civil case brought by two panhandlers who say the Cook County Sheriff's Office stopped them from begging at a popular Chicago square has begun.

Kim Pindak says he never dreamed he'd be pitted at trial against one of the nation's largest sheriff's departments. The 63-year-old panhandler spoke outside a federal courtroom before opening statements Monday.

He says he begs because he only has $30 a month in disposable income. Nearly all...

January 25, 2016 - 5:22pm
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Immigrant rights attorneys are challenging part of a Texas security law that they say could allow state authorities to target shelters and landlords for harboring immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The Mexican American Legal Defense And Education Fund filed a federal lawsuit Monday in San Antonio, asking a judge to find unconstitutional part of a broad border security law passed in 2015.

Under the provision, anyone found...

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