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Attacker rams van into Barcelona crowd, 13 dead and 100 hurt

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Th...

 

Columbus officer who shot 13-year-old boy feared gunfight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The white Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 13-year-old boy after a suspected robbery last year feared a "gun fight" with the teen, who the officer said pulled a gun from his pants, records show. Columbus police...

 

ICC orders Mali extremist to pay $3.2 million in reparations

BRUSSELS (AP) — The International Criminal court ruled Thursday that a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu must pay 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) in reparations. The court in...

 

Auditor: California women's inmate suicide rate too high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suicides spiked at a California women's prison after officials failed to properly prepare for the transfer of 400 of the state's most dangerous female inmates to the facility, the state auditor said Thursday. In a report...

 

Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit. Christel Ward was...

 

Spanish plan for carnage started with botched explosion

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists, and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, authorities said Friday. Police...

 

Finnish police shoot man who stabs 8 people in Turku; 2 dead

HELSINKI (AP) — A man stabbed eight people Friday in Finland's western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, police said. Authorities were looking for more potential suspects in the attack. A...

 

Nebraska high court rejects man's Zoloft defense in killing

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a defense by a Nebraska man who argued an antidepressant caused him to kill his girlfriend in 2002. Randall Robbins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old...

 

Cities seek creative ways to prevent car or van attacks

PARIS (AP) — From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair. In response, ugly concrete blocks as well...

 

Taylor Swift hopes her trial win inspires assault victims

DENVER (AP) — Immediately after a jury determined that Taylor Swift was groped by a radio station host at a backstage 2013 concert event in Denver, the singer-songwriter embraced one of her closest allies — her mother — and later said she...

 

Judge dismisses charges against former Kansas police officer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against a former Bel Aire police officer ensnared in a scheme to buy and sell discounted firearms by falsely claiming they would be used for law enforcement purposes. Court records show...

 

Ex-head of Mexico's state oil company denies taking bribes

Mexico City (AP) — The former head of Mexico's state-owned oil company is denying accusations that he took bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Emilio Lozoya says he was never corrupt and suggests the allegations are being made by...

 

Trial date set for teacher accused of not reporting abuse

Marion, Iowa (AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for a Marion kindergarten teacher accused of not reporting that a 15-year-old classroom volunteer sexually abused her students. Linn County records say a judge set a trial starting date of...

 

The Latest: Restrictions leading to tension in Bundy case

Las Vegas (AP) — The Latest on the Las Vegas retrial of four men accused of wielding assault-style weapons against federal land management agents to stop a round-up of anti-government figure Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014 (all times local): 3...

 

Americans sentenced in Panama for 5 murders

Panama City (AP) — U.S. citizen William Dathan Holbert was sentenced to 47 years in prison by a court in Panama for robbing and killing five other Americans in a Caribbean tourist destination, authorities said Monday. Holbert's ex-wife Laura Reese...

 

Officials: White nationalist rally linked to 3 deaths

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly...

 

Taylor Swift groping trial draws attention to hidden outrage

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's allegation that a former morning radio host reached under her skirt and grabbed her backside during a photo op is bringing attention to a common but largely hidden outrage for many women, one that few report. A 2014 sur...

 

Allowing dogs in courtrooms brings calm, concerns

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After months of telling her story over and over to police officers and lawyers, it was finally time for the 12-year-old Bucks County girl to walk into the courtroom and testify against her rapist. She was petrified. While...

 

Taylor Swift doesn't sugar-coat testimony in groping case

DENVER (AP) — A defiant and occasionally exasperated Taylor Swift insisted during a whirlwind hour of testimony Thursday that a Denver disc jockey grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during a meet-and-greet before a concert. The...

 

Suspended Fox host suing reporter over alleged lewd texts

NEW YORK (AP) — Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday sued the reporter who broke the story that he had allegedly sent lewd text messages to colleagues. Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan...

 

Amateur Danish sub sinks, inventor held on murder charge

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The owner of an amateur-built submarine was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after his vessel sank off Denmark's coast and a journalist who had joined him for what was supposed to be a short voyage was reported...

 

Police: Hair stylist slain in Chicago stabbed over 40 times

CHICAGO (AP) — A hair stylist suffered more than 40 stab wounds to his upper body in a fatal attack last month in the high-rise Chicago condo of a Northwestern University professor, police said Friday. The since-fired professor, Wyndham Lathem, and...

 

The Latest: CBP worker accused of sex assault has lost job

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Los Angeles International Airport (all times local): 12:40 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it will not...

 

Mom says she didn't want incident to define Swift's life

DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift's mother and confidante took the witness stand Wednesday, saying she and her daughter's managers had told the bosses of a disc jockey accused of groping the singer-songwriter that they hoped he would be fired but didn't...

 

Up to 50 migrants 'deliberately drowned' off Yemen, UN says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Up to 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were "deliberately drowned" when a smuggler forced them into the sea off Yemen's coast, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, calling the drownings "shocking and inhumane."...

 

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