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September 3, 2015 - 2:24pm
1 day 11 hours ago

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Three people charged with impeding the investigation of the 1975 slayings of two Maryland sisters have obtained legal representation in Virginia.

Leslie Engleking is charged with perjury. Gladys Stangee and Amy Johnson are charged with obstruction of justice. Stangee was arraigned Thursday in Bedford General District Court. A public defender was appointed to represent her. Engleking and Johnson have hired attorneys.

All three are...

September 3, 2015 - 2:23pm
1 day 11 hours ago

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said Thursday the school had nothing to do with the ritual, except that it took place on a school football field.

The Rev. Kevin Williams, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Villa Rica, said the baptism of 18 students and a coach was voluntary.

The Aug. 17 baptisms drew criticism from a religious-freedom group after the church...

September 3, 2015 - 2:18pm
1 day 11 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — Supporters of a proposed Denver ballot initiative to allow some marijuana use in clubs, bars and hotels are pulling the measure while they negotiate with city officials.

City officials promised to work on a compromise to give time for others to weigh in on the proposal and come up with their own solution.

The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association says visitors want a safe place to use recreational marijuana, but owners want limits....

September 3, 2015 - 2:04pm
1 day 11 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers charged with beating a Hispanic homeless man in Boston after being inspired in part by Donald Trump's views on immigrants have been held without bail pending trial.

A judge ruled Thursday that Scott and Steve Leader are a danger to society and ordered them held until a trial scheduled to start Oct. 1.

The Leaders were arrested Aug. 19 on charges they beat a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant while he slept near a subway station...

September 3, 2015 - 2:02pm
1 day 11 hours ago

MIAMI (AP) — A fifth person has been arrested in the machete-slaying of a vocational school student who was allegedly killed by his own classmates.

Miami-Dade police said Thursday that authorities arrested 23-year-old Joseph Michael Cabrera of Key Largo in the St. Louis area. It wasn't immediately clear when he will be returned to Florida, nor did police detail the exact charges against him.

Police say 17-year-old Jose Amaya Guardado was lured in...

September 3, 2015 - 1:45pm
1 day 11 hours ago

SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and another was critically injured when a small plane crashed in a Southern California neighborhood and ended up in the driveway of a home.

Santee Fire Chief Richard Mattick says both victims were aboard the single-engine plane that went down around 9:20 a.m. Thursday. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Jim Bolwerk says the pilot was breathing when he was...

September 3, 2015 - 1:29pm
1 day 12 hours ago

NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who jumped a Pennsylvania police officer and threw her down a 40-foot rocky embankment.

West Penn Township Officer Melissa Ruch had stopped Wednesday to investigate a vehicle on the side of Route 309 in Schuylkill (SKOO'-kul) County when the man assaulted her.

Police say the embankment she tumbled down is rocky and steep, and it drops about 40 feet. Police say Ruch hit the man with her stun...

September 3, 2015 - 1:26pm
1 day 12 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Landlords hoping to pay tenants to move out of New York City's 1.3 million rent-regulated apartments will soon face new limitations on extending offers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed legislation barring repeated buyout offers within six months if tenants don't want them. Other provisions require reminders that tenants can refuse or consult lawyers.

De Blasio and other proponents say the measures will help keep residents from...

September 3, 2015 - 1:17pm
1 day 9 hours ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on a prosecutor's decision to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

An attorney representing some of the families of victims in the Charleston church massacre says he commends a prosecutor for considering his clients' thoughts before deciding to pursue the death penalty against the suspect.

Andy Savage says some of his clients may oppose the death penalty for...

September 3, 2015 - 1:15pm
1 day 12 hours ago

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy in California has been cited for a hate crime and battery after allegedly attacking his classmate with sticks and using racial slurs while they waited for the school bus.

Eighth-grader NuPhaeya Hassen says the boy approached her Aug. 24, holding the sticks while saying he was a Ku Klux Klan member and raised as a "skinhead." He then hit her with the sticks.

NuPhaeya told The Modesto Bee (

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