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  • new storyImmigrant suspect faces tough battle fighting murder charge 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:11 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Even if the suspect at the center of a national immigration debate accidentally fired the shot that killed a young woman on San Francisco's Pier 14, it may not help his case.

  • new storyAfter TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:08 pm

    COLLINSVILLE, Virginia - Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.

  • new storyMan convicted of killing friend granted motion hearing 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:01 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday ordered an evidentiary hearing be held for a Lincoln man convicted of murder who says his trial attorney failed him by not objecting to jurors being allowed to hear parts of recorded police interviews with him.

  • new storyTwitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:58 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees.

  • new storyJudge denies bid to halt Oklahoma inmate's execution story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:51 pm

    McALESTER, Oklahoma - A judge has ruled against an Oklahoma death row inmate whose attorneys were seeking to halt his upcoming execution for the 2002 killing of his 9-month-old daughter.

  • new storyFormer student at elite prep school convicted of sex charges story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:51 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

  • new storyVenezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:49 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that he would extend the week-old partial closure of the border with Colombia to four more cities and send an additional 3,000 troops to the area, doubling down on a policy has drawn rebuke by Colombian leaders.

  • new storyEmmett Till relatives gather at boy's grave 60 years later story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:44 pm

    ALSIP, Illinois - Relatives and civil rights activists gathered at the gravesite of Emmett Till to remember the black Chicago teenager 60 years after he was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

  • new storyUniversity defends mattress-carrying project against lawsuit 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:41 pm

    NEW YORK - Columbia University has asked a judge to reject a student's lawsuit alleging it failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a "serial rapist" and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

  • new storyWhite supremacist takes stand in Jewish site shootings story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:35 pm

    OLATHE, Kansas - A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year has testified that he wishes he could have killed more.

  • new storyLebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm

    BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • new storyAppeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:17 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.

  • new storyMan gets prison term for assaulting 2 corrections officers 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:09 pm

    FLORENCE, Arizona - A man accused of attacking two corrections officers in Pinal County in separate incidents has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • new storyMexico adoption-for-cash scheme took babies from mothers 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:09 pm

    MEXICO CITY - A child welfare official in northern Mexico took at least nine babies from poor or drug-addicted mothers and offered them to adoptive parents in exchange for payments ranging from $5,000 to $9,000, authorities said Friday.

  • new storyAG: Arkansas law allows 'open carry' of guns 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:03 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says a 2013 law allows someone to openly carry a handgun as long as they don't plan to illegally use it against another person.

  • new storyProject Everlast for at-risk youths to go statewide 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:59 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - An innovative program for at-risk youths has won a grant that will allow it expand across Nebraska and serve a larger variety of struggling kids.

  • Arpaio lawyer hopeful that contempt case will get settled 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:44 pm

    PHOENIX - A lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has expressed hope that a contempt-of-court case over his client's acknowledged disobedience of court orders in a racial profiling lawsuit could be settled before the lawman undergoes contempt hearings next month.

  • Abbott wants new abortion limits following undercover video 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:44 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Legislature to approve several new abortion restrictions - even though Texas already has some of the nation's toughest limits on the procedure.

  • Iowa college students work to end catcalling on campus 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:37 pm

    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Student government leaders at the University of Iowa have launched a campaign to reduce catcalling, saying that the shouts are a form of sexual harassment.

  • Arizona lawmaker to lead Nevada anti-school bullying program 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:33 pm

    PHOENIX - Nevada education officials have tapped an Arizona lawmaker to run a new anti-bullying program championed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

  • Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:32 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:28 pm

    VIENNA - Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

  • Plaintiffs seek to block Miss. ban on gay couples adopting 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:26 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.

  • Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:19 pm

    NEW YORK - The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

  • Task force tackles homelessness among Native Americans 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:08 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A liaison has been named to bridge the gap between New Mexico's largest city, the Navajo Nation and other tribal communities as they work to address chronic homelessness among Native Americans.