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May 23, 2015 - 11:56am
7 min 3 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — 11:50 a.m.

At least 30 protesters have gathered at the Cleveland courthouse where a patrolman was acquitted in the deaths of two unarmed suspects who were killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

About an equal number of sheriff's deputies bearing clear shields stood in front of the courthouse shortly after the verdict as the demonstrators chanted "hands up, don't shoot."

One man standing in front of the...

May 23, 2015 - 11:54am
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for Californians who can't afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court penalties.

The push by the Democratic governor spotlights growing concern among lawmakers and court administrators that California's justice system is profiting off minorities and low-income residents.

Brown's spokesman Evan Westrup said the issue has prompted discussions between the state and U.S....

May 23, 2015 - 11:45am
7 min 3 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act and some other lesser known surveillance tools will sunset at midnight that day....

May 23, 2015 - 11:07am
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man who was released after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, says he refuses to let himself be consumed by anger but says those that send him to prison decades ago will "answer to God"

Ray Hinton was released last month after ballistics tests failed to match bullets from two 1985 murders to a gun found in his home.

Hinton says he greets each day with joy, relishing the freedom to drive and move about as he wishes....

May 23, 2015 - 11:06am
7 min 3 sec ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King will be mourned in Las Vegas in a family-and-friends memorial ahead of the start of his final road tour home to the Mississippi Delta.

A day after more than 1,000 people turned out for a public viewing, a memorial will be held Saturday for the blues icon at a downtown funeral chapel.

King died May 14 at home in Las Vegas at age 89.

Some of his 11 surviving adult children are feuding with his longtime...

May 23, 2015 - 10:45am
7 min 2 sec ago

Veterans of the Iraq War have been frustrated watching Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade Iraq.

In recent days likely Republican presidential candidates starting with Jeb Bush have been asked about whether they would have decided to invade Iraq, knowing what is now known about Saddam Hussein's WMD stockpiles.

Some veterans say they long ago concluded their...

May 23, 2015 - 10:29am
7 min 2 sec ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Drenching rains in recent weeks across the nation's major livestock-grazing regions are greening pastures just as ranchers move cattle out for summer.

The annual rite of driving cattle out to pasture comes as ranchers try to rebuild herds that were decimated when they sold off much of their livestock because of drought-shriveled pastures and skyrocketing hay prices.

All the rain lately bodes well for the continued expansion of...

May 23, 2015 - 10:22am
7 min 2 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided not to run for president in 2016, but seeking re-election doesn't clear up questions about his future.

Pence plans to formally announce his bid for a second term next month. Lingering unhappiness over his handling of the religious objections law could make him the first sitting governor to face a serious primary challenge.

Two Republican businessmen are talking about launching or supporting...

May 23, 2015 - 9:31am
17 min 4 sec ago

BROOKFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A tiny Vermont town's famous wooden floating bridge that's believed to be the only one of its kind in the country has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend.

Saturday's reopening festivities include a high school marching band, oxen team, horses, and antique cars parading across the new pontoon bridge.

The Brookfield bridge has been closed for seven years after its floatation system started to fail, causing it to be...

May 23, 2015 - 8:20am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer has been found not guilty in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.

The judge's verdict Saturday for 31-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-loh) comes after a four-week bench trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams on Nov. 29, 2012.

Thirteen officers fired at the suspects' car that night in...

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