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October 9, 2015 - 3:47pm
1 hour 1 min ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — More than three years after a whale died with a bullet wound in New Jersey, the federal government charged a commercial fisherman with killing the animal.

Now the fisherman says in a court filing that the investigation disregarded the facts and the charges should be dismissed.

The pilot whale was found on a beach in Allenhurst in September 2011 and it died soon after. Authorities determined that the 740-pound mammal starved to...

October 9, 2015 - 3:39pm
1 hour 11 min ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has halted the executions of eight death row inmates, dealing a blow to the state's efforts to begin putting prisoners to death for the first time in a decade.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen's ruling Friday came in a case in which the inmates are challenging a new Arkansas law allowing the state to withhold any information that could publicly identify the manufacturers or sellers of its execution drugs....

October 9, 2015 - 3:32pm
1 hour 11 min ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is calling for a sweeping overhaul of the state's 27 congressional districts, including the one now held by a candidate seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker.

Judge Terry Lewis on Friday recommended a new congressional map that could make it nearly impossible for U.S. Rep. Dan Webster to win re-election from his current central Florida district.

Lewis's ruling also could lead to the ouster of U.S. Rep...

October 9, 2015 - 3:14pm
1 hour 11 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A New York woman has been indicted in Ohio on charges that she injected something into her 4-year-old son's hospital feeding tube, making him sicker.

The Hamilton County prosecutor's office says 25-year-old Jessica Valik, of Syracuse, New York, was indicted on two felony counts of child endangerment and one of felonious assault.

Valik's son has been treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for a rare disease that causes skin to...

October 9, 2015 - 3:12pm
1 hour 11 min ago

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

President Barack Obama has arrived in Roseburg, Oregon, to meet privately with family members and surviving victims of last week's deadly shooting at a community college.

The presidential helicopter touched down at the Roseburg airport and a...

October 9, 2015 - 3:12pm
1 hour 1 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Police have charged a man who they say crashed a stolen car into a fence at Fort Meade and hid on the installation for hours.

Detective Jeremy Silbert said in a news release Friday that 41-year-old Dontae Small of Baltimore has been charged with robbery, assault and gun-related charges.

Silbert says that on Sunday in south Baltimore, three men approached a man who had parked his car. Silbert says one suspect was armed with...

October 9, 2015 - 2:54pm
1 hour 41 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the violent attack against a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack (All times local):

12 p.m.

Sacramento police say a woman who was with a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was also hurt in the late-night fight that left the airman with three stab wounds.

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone's condition improved from...

October 9, 2015 - 2:39pm
1 hour 41 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials have begun the final sweeps of what was one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, tearing down structures that have been home to some for over a year.

The final push to clear out the Kakaako homeless camp began Friday morning. The camp is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean and not far from Waikiki.

Longtime camp residents placed a sign on the street questioning Gov. David Ige's commitment to...

October 9, 2015 - 2:30pm
1 hour 51 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With two dozen scheduled executions in limbo, Ohio has sent a forceful letter to Washington asserting that the state can obtain a lethal injection drug from overseas without violating any laws.

The letter sent Friday by state prisons officials to the Food and Drug Administration stops short of suggesting that Ohio is moving forward to obtain the powerful anesthetic sodium thiopental. But it challenges the FDA's earlier warning that importing the...

October 9, 2015 - 2:28pm
1 hour 51 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Million Man March is remembered as a watershed event by many participants, although its impact on the way America regards African-American men remains an open question 20 years later.

Thousands upon thousands of men, most of them black, congregated peacefully on the National Mall on October 16, 1995. They clapped, cheered, testified and promised they would work for a better future for themselves and their families.

The event's...

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