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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is calling for criminal justice reforms that could include the eventual closure of the massive Rikers Island jail

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a nationwide meat recall two years ago has been sentenced to a year in federal prison

Authorities say a building owner and four others have been indicted on charges that include manslaughter in connection with a 2015 gas explosion that killed two people and leveled three New York City buildings

A judge has again delayed the trial of a white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church as attorneys wait to see if the federal government will seek the death penalty

Authorities say a police officer with no prior history of domestic violence fatally shot his wife and son and set the family's suburban Albany house on fire before committing suicide

The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon say they're getting ready to turn themselves in after FBI agents came to the federal property and surrounded them

Police say a suspect in the shooting of a North Dakota police officer has been found shot to death in the home where he barricaded himself for about 11 hours

Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman

A suspended University of Missouri assistant professor says she's embarrassed about her run-ins with student journalists during race-related student protests in November

The son of a gunman who fatally shot two Maryland sheriff's deputies before he was killed in a shootout says his father was a heavy drinker with emotional problems, but never spoke poorly of police

Authorities have reached a $3.2 billion settlement with Morgan Stanley over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities

The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday after facing authorities who came to the property more than a month into the takeover

Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is launching a major effort to thwart his Republican successor's health care policies

Wellesley College has named a Harvard Medical School faculty member as its next president

Two bullets struck a portable classroom at an elementary school near Miami

Jurors are deliberating for another day at the trial of a rookie New York City police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell

Black seamstress' coveted works go on display _ but legacy goes beyond needle and thread

Police in North Dakota say a Fargo police officer who was shot during a standoff with a domestic violence suspect is not expected to survive

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking

Authorities have charged a 70-year-old with killing his wife of 51 years inside their upstate New York apartment

A Minnesota man is expected to plead guilty to conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State group

A psychologist says a Wisconsin man charged with trying to join the Islamic State militant group is competent to stand trial

Chicago police believe three weapons with blades were used to kill five of six family members whose bodies were found last week in their home on the city's Southwest Side

Veterinarians say a starving sea lion rescued last week after finding its way into a fancy San Diego restaurant is on the mend

Prosecutors say there's nothing unusual about a court order requiring Baltimore Police Officer William Porter to testify against fellow officers in the Freddie Gray case

The U.S. Coast Guard has helped rescued 42 people who abandoned their fishing vessel after it caught fire

A former Freedom Industries executive is due in court for sentencing on a pollution charge in a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians

A northern Kentucky man has been accused of attempting to decapitate his girlfriend with a sword

A man accused of beheading a co-worker with a large butcher knife at a suburban Oklahoma City food processing plant is scheduled to formally enter a plea to a first-degree murder charge

Police are investigating the death of an infant boy in a Washington residence where there were other children but no adult supervision

For the 15th time, parole officials have denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release

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Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills that would ban a commonly used form of a second-trimester procedure and would label it "dismemberment abortion"

Cliven Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland Wednesday night

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson Wednesday, a day after the Ferguson City Council failed to approve an agreement with the federal agency

A cruise ship battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean has returned to its New Jersey port

As technology and competition shakes their business, Las Vegas cabs and overseers are doing some soul-searching

Critics of bite mark evidence say Texas could be on the brink of taking a stance that would reverberate in courtrooms across the country

A man who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia nearly two decades ago faces possible jail time for concealing his military past and a long criminal rap sheet, including the murder of his Serbian neighbor

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy and a civilian pilot were killed when a single-engine plane crashed near Springville in Tulare County

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Key events in the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago

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A new report says a homeless man deserves up to $100,000 for helping recapture two violent Orange County jail escapees

The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested

The friend of an unarmed man fatally shot by a San Antonio officer says he will try to keep a spotlight on the case that police are still investigating

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million drivers from getting on the roads since states first passed laws requiring some offenders to install them in 1999

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former investigator for Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings

Minnesota authorities have completed their investigation into the November fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police officers

Police have made an arrest nearly 56 years after a Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen was found slain

Authorities say a 1-year-old girl lying in her crib at home in Compton was struck in the head and killed by a bullet likely meant for her gang-member father

Authorities say a school bus and a car have collided in Riverside County, injuring 22 people

Sacramento Zoo officials say a female tiger was killed by her mating partner after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered flags be flown at half-staff to honor two deputies shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire inside a crowded restaurant and got into a shootout with deputies

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing an abortion law that he says would prevent most women from getting abortions

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast

The mayor of a polygamous town in Utah has taken the witness stand in a federal civil rights trial as the defense begins its case

A year and a half after a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city

A man who spent 3 decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on a strand of hair has been freed by a judge in Massachusetts

A relative says Christy O'Donnell, a single mom with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died

A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system

The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say was slain by a Virginia Tech student says he found out about his daughter's death on TV

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators during a probe into beatings by deputies at the jails he ran. Baca acknowledged Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court that he lied during the FBI investigation

An appeals court has reversed a stay that had blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions

A man who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds

A man has been arrested in the shooting and decapitation of his grandmother and her husband at an Oklahoma City home where they operated a day care

ACLU of Washington issues critical report on Pasco police over shooting of unarmed man

The defense attorneys representing a former female military police trainee who filed a lawsuit against the Army for sexual harassment and wrongful termination say the military has agreed to pay $820,000 to settle the case

For the 15th time, parole officials have denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing from another person who was shot that night and called for the release of Sirhan

Planned Parenthood says it is targeting Ohio Gov. John Kasich in online ads as the Republican presidential contender is expected to sign a bill aimed at diverting taxpayer money away from the organization

The historic Jack Daniel's Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey

Sheriff's officials say two people have been killed in a shooting at an attorney's office in Alabama

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is investigating allegations that a group of cadets cheated on online quizzes

A former priest accused in the 1960 killing of a Texas schoolteacher worked for many years at a Phoenix charity

UC Berkeley's chancellor says the campus is running a $150 million deficit and must re-evaluate what it spends if it hopes to preserve its national standing

The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb

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A fire official in a northern Alaska town has died in a police-involved shooting

Maine lobstermen are divided about proposed changes to the state's lobster license rules that could shake up the fishery's yearslong waiting list

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting in Ripley, where two people were wounded by police and an officer was injured

A 3-year-old Missouri boy who reportedly went missing early Wednesday from his grandfather's home was found dead hours later, draped in a blanket in a neighbor's van about a mile away, authorities said

The son of a former aide to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife has been freed on bail on charges he fatally stabbed a teenager in New Jersey

A police chief says officers who were recorded using a stun gun and baton on University of Alabama students after a football game party last fall have been ordered to do more training and one remains on paid administrative leave

Authorities say a man repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend and all three of her children at a hotel that was being used for homeless housing, killing her and two of her daughters

Kentucky lawmakers have proposed two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples

Divers on Wednesday recovered the body of a pilot in the wreckage of a small plane that collided in midair with another aircraft and plunged into the ocean outside the Port of Los Angeles

Authorities say a second girl has died after a stabbing at a New York City hotel that also claimed the life of her mother and a sister

A Connecticut police department is being sued over the death of a Hispanic man in police custody

A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder

Pennsylvania's embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday

A plane heading to San Diego was diverted to Denver after witnesses say a passenger started yelling threats

Prosecutors upgrade charges in gun trafficking case in which they allege Delta Air Lines employees helped take guns on commercial flights in carry-on luggage

As Pennsylvania state senators debate whether to order the removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, the House of Representatives is advancing a second process to explore Kane's removal

A murder suspect who authorities say was mistakenly released from a California jail won't fight his transfer in custody from southern Nevada back to Los Angeles

Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates has approved a bill that would allow prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable

Two state researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting that Republican-ordered cuts to Planned Parenthood hurt access to women's health care in the state

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