• France consulting on new UN resolution on Burundi violence

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France is consulting U.N. Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi and Britain says it could include "a policing element." Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Thursday that the council must keep the spotlight on escalating violence in the impoverished African nation, which he called "conflict prevention." President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek re-election last April touched off street protests that led to a failed coup in May and a rebellion that has left Burundi on the brink of civil war.

  • Obama: 'strange things' happen when voters are scared

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    ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that "strange things" can happen in politics when voters are scared and that the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties. "We have to listen to that," Obama said at a Democratic Party fundraiser at the San Francisco-area home of supporter and venture capitalist Steve Westly. Obama commented two days after billionaire businessman Donald Trump rode that wave of voter anger at traditional politicians to a commanding win in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders did the same in the state's Democratic primary, trouncing longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton by doubl

  • Fargo officer just 2nd killed in line of duty

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    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police officer died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier, becoming just the second Fargo officer to die in the line of duty and the first in more than a century. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, a six-year veteran of the force with a wife and two children, died about 12:45 p.m. Moszer was hit while standing outside a house near downtown about 7 p.m. Wednesday, and police had warned overnight that he wasn't expected to survive. Family members visited him in a hospital early Thursday to say goodbye, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said.

  • Latest: Hundreds gather for vigil honoring slain officer

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    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer during a standoff at a home in Fargo, North Dakota (all times local): 9:30 p.m. About 200 people have gathered in Fargo for a vigil to honor a city police officer fatally shot in the line of duty. KFGO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/1WhaI0q ) the group held candles and prayed as they gathered outside a hospital Thursday night. Police officials said 33-year-old Officer Jason Moszer died hours earlier of a single gunshot wound. He was struck while responding to a domestic violence report at a home in Fargo Wednesday evening. Moorhead Police Officer Nicole Reno says Moszer "lived life to the fullest." Reno says he "was just really a great offi

  • Senate passes authorization for industrial hemp

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to grow industrial hemp as an agricultural product, but only as part of a research program. Senate Bill 6206 passed the full Senate on a 48-1 vote Thursday. The measure would allow Washington State University to study aspects of growing and selling industrial hemp such as whether soil and growing conditions in the state are appropriate. Industrial hemp is defined differently than marijuana in the bill, and not meant to be used as a drug. Hemp can be used to make biofuel, clothes, food and beauty products. Hemp growers would be subject to background checks, among other regulations, under the bill.

  • NY to require manufacturers to pay for fouled water cleanup

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday. The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to New Jersey-based Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, part of a Paris-based global conglomerate, demanding that they enter into binding consent orders to finance a state Superfund cleanup launched four weeks ago in Hoosick Falls, a small village on the Vermont border. The agency said other companies may be identified later and held liable.

  • Judge says Cosby wife must give deposition, but with limits

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    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday that Bill Cosby's wife must give a deposition in a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, but said she can refuse to answer questions about private marital conversations. In the lawsuit, seven women claim Cosby defamed them by branding them as liars after they went public with accusations that he sexually assaulted them decades ago. A lawyer for the women has sought to compel Camille Cosby to give a deposition. Last month, a magistrate judge rejected Cosby's bid to quash the deposition subpoena. On Thursday, U.S.

  • NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. Liang is the first New York City police officer convicted in an on-duty death since 2005. The manslaughter charge, a felony, carries up to 15 years in prison, though no requirement for any prison time. Liang was dismissed from the New York Police Department right after the verdict. His sentencin

  • Son: Gunman who killed deputies violent, abusive to family

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    EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — Before he fired a shot at a sheriff's deputy, sending bystanders fleeing from a suburban sandwich shop, a drifter had a history of harming, stalking and scaring those closest to him, according to the man's estranged son. David Brian Evans, 68, shot one Harford County sheriff's deputy in the head Wednesday after the officer approached him inside a Panera Bread in Abingdon following a concerned phone call to the department from his ex-wife. Evans then fled the restaurant to a nearby parking lot, where he exchanged fire with responding deputies, killing another before receiving fatal gunshot wounds himself.

  • Arkansas judge is charged in death of son left in hot car

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge was arrested Thursday on a complaint of negligent homicide after the death of his son who was left in the back seat of a hot car last summer. An arrest warrant filed in Garland County says Circuit Court Judge Wade Naramore faces the misdemeanor charge for negligently causing the death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas Naramore. Special Prosecutor Scott Ellington said in a news release that Naramore surrendered at the Garland County Detention Center, where he was booked and released on $5,000 bond Thursday morning. Naramore's attorneys, Patrick Benca and Erin Cassinelli, said in a statement Thursday night that they disagree with the prosecutor's decision to bring criminal charges.

  • Cosby cases prompt Colorado bill extending time for charges

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    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado House committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill prompted by claims against Bill Cosby that would double a 10-year statute of limitations for seeking charges in sexual assault cases. Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred and two Colorado women who claim Cosby assaulted them decades ago testified that the bill would empower traumatized victims by giving them more time to come forward. "The shame and the silence of being a victim of sexual assault has to end," said Beth Ferrier of Denver, who alleges that Cosby assaulted her in 1986. Heidi Thomas of Castle Rock said it took 30 years for her to come forward after she was assaulted by Cosby in 1984 in Reno, Nevada.

  • Japan stock index down more than 5 percent

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    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's benchmark stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday following a sell-off in European and U.S. markets. The Nikkei 225 was down 5.3 percent at 14,876.64. Other Asian stock markets were also lower but less dramatically.

  • Lawyers spar over whether girl was abducted or fled with man

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    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor said on Thursday that a California man was eying his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter before he helped bring the girl up from Mexico, raped her, abducted her from the family's home and forced her to live with him under a false name for a decade. But a lawyer for now-42-year-old Isidro Garcia told jurors that his client was a hard-working janitor and machine operator who adored the girl he later made his wife and the mother of his child, and that she left her family's troubled Orange County home willingly with him as a teen. Jurors heard two radically different accounts of the same sequence of events in opening statements of Garcia's trial on charges of rape, kidnapping and lewd acts on

  • Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off

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    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off.

  • Latest: Lawyers disagree with charge against judge for death

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on an Arkansas judge facing a negligent homicide charge after his son's death in the back seat of a hot car (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for an Arkansas judge facing a negligent homicide charge after his son's death in a hot car say they disagree with the prosecutor's decision to pursue criminal charges. Circuit Court Judge Wade Naramore was arrested Thursday and released on $5,000 bond. His 18-month-old son, Thomas Naramore, died July 24 after being left in a hot car for about five hours. The arrest warrant says the judge told investigators he called 911 after getting in his car to pick his son up from day care and realizing he was still in his car seat.

  • The Latest: Mayor hopes verdict in cop's case brings closure

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local): 9:10 p.m. New York City's mayor says he hopes a jury's verdict brings closure to the family of a man who was fatally shot by a New York City police officer in a public housing stairwell. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement Thursday night that he respects the jury's decision finding Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct. He said he hopes the verdict brings closure to Akai Gurley's family for the "painful event." The 28-year-old was killed in 2014 after the rookie officer accidentally shot him wh

  • Drug smuggling charge dropped against 92-year-old Sydney man

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a charge against a 92-year-old retired surgeon that alleged he had smuggled 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) in cocaine hidden on bars of soap into Sydney airport. Victor Twartz was due to appear in the New South Wales District Court in Sydney on Friday on a charge of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, which carries a potential life sentence. But the Sydney resident did not appear and prosecutors told the judge that the charge had been dropped. No explanation was given. Twartz had said he would fight the charge because criminals had tricked him into carrying 27 soap bars packed with 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) of cocaine when he returned to Australia from New Delhi

  • Fallin's general counsel resigns amid execution inquiry

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The general counsel for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin resigned Thursday amid a grand jury investigation into how the wrong drug was delivered for the state's last two scheduled executions. Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt confirmed Steve Mullins stepped down after three years as the governor's top attorney, but did not say whether his resignation was connected to the probe. In his resignation letter, Mullins said it was the stress of the job and the need for the governor to eliminate personnel costs amid the state's budget gap. "I have also been advised by my doctor that I need to better control the stress in my life," Mullins wrote. His resignation is effective Feb. 29.

  • Woman charged in death of baby found in freezer

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    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged a woman in the death of her infant son, who was found dead last month in a freezer at a South Florida home. The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/YC3mnw) reports that 37-year-old Paola Vargas-Ortiz has spent the past month in a mental health care facility, but Miami-Dade police took her into custody Thursday and charged her with manslaughter. Authorities say Vargas-Ortiz was poised to jump from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Keys on Jan. 17 when she told authorities that she had tossed her 4-month-old son, Hugo, in first. After Monroe County deputies took Vargas-Ortiz into custody, officials say, she told them the child was actually dead in a freezer. Homestead police wen

  • Transparency debate follows vote by California coastal panel

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The agency that decides what gets built and where along the California coast is facing questions about transparency after it pushed out its top executive in a closed-door vote and without a clear explanation of why the change was being made. Executive Director Charles Lester was dismissed on a 7-5 tally Wednesday night, which was announced after the commission listened to hours of testimony from dozens of witnesses, virtually all of it extolling Lester's work and commitment to a coastline open for all. Former Commissioner Steve Blank, who was viewed as an environmental advocate while on the panel and resigned in 2013, said he was astonished by the commission's decision to take a vote in private on the clo




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