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May 27, 2015 - 2:23am
7 min 29 sec ago

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hours after investigators interviewed the Olympia, Washington, police officer who wounded two men suspected of trying to steal beer, about 100 people demonstrated outside the Olympia City Hall in response to the recent shooting.

The Olympian reports (http://is.gd/c6TG6C) many held signs and banners with messages such as "Black lives matter" and "Black youth is not disposable." Other demonstrators showed up in support of police.

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May 27, 2015 - 2:16am
7 min 29 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Community policing is one of the key elements in an agreement between Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how the city's troubled police department will be reformed.

The settlement calls for the creation of a community policing commission consisting of 10 city residents and three police union officials to make recommendations about policies and practices aimed at making policing in Cleveland free of bias and more transparent....

May 27, 2015 - 2:01am
7 min 29 sec ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The craft beer industry is getting bigger and smaller at the same time.

The number of small, local breweries is exploding even as large craft brewers like Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. continue to grow.

In Portland, Maine, beer lovers line up several times a week to get fresh beer from Bissell Brothers, much like foodies seek the freshest baguettes, fruit or kale. Co-founder Peter...

May 27, 2015 - 1:59am
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BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say federal prosecutors are preparing to distribute nearly $822,000 seized from former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger to the families of his murder victims and people he extorted.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1LHDsdZ ) prosecutors filed documents in federal court on Tuesday indicating that Bulger's cash, guns, jewelry and other items are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in preparation for a final forfeiture order. They...

May 27, 2015 - 12:59am
7 min 29 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened.

A Dallas County jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before determining the sentence for 38-year-old Delvecchio Patrick.

Patrick was found guilty last week of murder in the death of Deanna Cook at her home in August 2012. He could have received up to life in prison.

Patrick...

May 27, 2015 - 12:58am
7 min 29 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The president of Pacific Gas & Electric Company is retiring at the end of the year.

California's largest utility announced the retirement of Christopher P. Johns in a statement, and said the board of directors will discuss a replacement before Johns' last day.

Johns led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion that resulted in a $1.6 billion fine by the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this year....

May 27, 2015 - 12:51am
7 min 29 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for two chimpanzees are heading to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept.

The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed the petition in Manhattan on behalf of Leo and Hercules. The chimps are kept at Stony Brook University, where they are used in locomotion studies. Stony Brook is part of the state university system.

Their lawyers say in their...

May 27, 2015 - 12:30am
7 min 29 sec ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive.

At The Last Chance Corral, they get that opportunity to live and grow without their mothers. The 2.75-acre horse rescue farm says it has saved thousands of foals and full-grown horses over the past three decades.

A handful of staffers are helped by a stream of volunteers who navigate the peaceful barns to monitor...

May 27, 2015 - 12:01am
7 min 28 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

The jails announced Wednesday to receive planning grants include the nation's biggest jails in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. But they also include smaller systems such as Boise, Idaho, and Mesa County, Colorado.

MacArthur President Julia Stasch says the...

May 26, 2015 - 9:30pm
2 hours 27 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's dominant newspaper has laid off nearly a third of its 600 employees after it was acquired by Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing Co.

The San Diego Union-Tribune announced on Tuesday the layoffs of 178 employees — most in its printing and delivery divisions.

The newspaper's sale for $85 million to the Tribune Co. was finalized on Thursday, and its name was changed back to its former name, the Union-Tribune, after...

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