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January 26, 2016 - 2:37pm
1 week 6 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the discipline for Cleveland police involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Six Cleveland police officers being fired after a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people include a patrolman who was acquitted of manslaughter charges for his role in the shooting after a chase.

The head of Cleveland's largest police union, Steve Loomis, confirms...

January 26, 2016 - 2:33pm
1 week 6 days ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 5-year-old boy was playing video games in his living room when he was fatally shot by an 11-year-old child.

Troopers said the boy was shot Saturday in the southwest Alaska village of Kokhanok (kahk-HOH'-nak) and taken an Anchorage hospital. He was pronounced dead Sunday.

The state medical examiner's office has requested an autopsy. Troopers say the 5-year-old's next of kin was at the scene at the...

January 26, 2016 - 2:24pm
1 week 6 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois' previous governors, either on matters of style or substance.

A multimillionaire in his first public office, the former private equity investor drops by watering holes in the state capital of Springfield to have a lowbrow Stag beer, despite having belonged to a six-figure wine club.

He eschews backroom steak dinners and doesn't drink caffeine, instead subsisting on so many...

January 26, 2016 - 2:22pm
1 week 6 days ago

Actor James Cromwell ("Babe") is 76. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 72. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 70. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 68. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 61. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 61. Actress Mimi Rogers is 60. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 59. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 55. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 55. Actress Tamlyn Tomita (TV's "Teen Wolf") is 53. Actress Bridget Fonda...

January 26, 2016 - 2:19pm
1 week 6 days ago

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York folk music venue where Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean and many other stars of the genre played early in their careers is getting a $1.25 million makeover.

The not-for-profit organization that runs Caffe Lena (LEE'-nuh) in downtown Saratoga Springs says Tuesday it has entered into a $500,000 philanthropic partnership with a local business, Bonacio (buh-NAH'-chee-oh) Construction. The company will construct a four-story...

January 26, 2016 - 2:17pm
1 week 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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...

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