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Police disciplinary records are largely kept secret in US

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officer Derek Chauvin had more than a dozen misconduct complaints against him before he put his knee on George Floyd's neck. Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City officer who seized Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold, had eight. Rya...

 

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church's sex abuse lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former Cathol...

 

Unsupervised accused priests teach, counsel, foster children

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the...

 

Gunman wounds at least 6 Philadelphia police; 2 others freed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, authorities said. Two other officers were...

 

Hearing reveals chilling details of fatal Southwest flight

There was a loud bang, and suddenly the Southwest Airlines jet rolled sharply to the left. Smoke began to fill the cabin, and flight attendants rushed row by row to make sure all passengers could get oxygen from their masks. When flight attendant Rac...

 

'I'm barely breathing': Synagogue survivor recounts terror

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A survivor of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre described Sunday how he and other terrorized worshippers concealed themselves in a supply closet as the gunman stepped over the body of a man he had just shot and killed, entered...

 

Immigrants face hurdles to prove abuse by US agents

HOUSTON (AP) — Within hours of being booked at a Border Patrol station in far West Texas, two teenage sisters from Guatemala came forward to allege that an agent conducted an improper strip search. The agent in question denied the allegations,...

 

Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby

A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a...

 

Experts: Unusual factors in ex-Texas cop's murder conviction

Every case is unique, as is every jury. But experts say several factors seemed to stack up against former Texas police officer Roy Oliver this week when, in an extremely rare outcome, he was convicted of murder for a shooting that occurred while he...

 

Board recommends Cosby be found a sexually violent predator

A Pennsylvania board recommended Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator, which would require the former TV star to attend at least monthly sex offender counseling — in prison and out — and police to post warning flyers...

 

Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officia...

 

Judge sides with Philadelphia in 'sanctuary city' fight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said in his ruling...

 

'The real Bill Cosby': Comedian convicted of sexual assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls — and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America's Dad — Bill Cosby could be headed to prison at...

 

Cosby confined to his home as team decries 'public lynching'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a "public lynching" Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS an...

 

Bill Cosby's lawyers get slammed by advocates for women

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby went to the jury Wednesday as his lawyers came under heavy criticism for what some called a blatant attempt to "victim-shame" the parade of women who have leveled accusations...

 

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engi...

 

Defense says schedules show Cosby wasn't around for assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors got a look Friday at Bill Cosby's travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he is accused of drugging and molesting a woman there. Cosby's lawyers...

 

Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The Federal...

 

Jury hears Bill Cosby's graphic testimony about accuser

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday got a sense of Bill Cosby's view of consent from graphic deposition testimony in which the comedian described reaching an area "somewhere between permission and rejection" during what he claims was a prior...

 

FBI: Probe shows no evidence of attack in border agent death

DALLAS (AP) — FBI officials said the investigation into the November death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has yielded no evidence that there was a "scuffle, altercation or attack" more than two months after President Donald Trump and others used...

 

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) — When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will e...

 

AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

DALLAS (AP) — Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory of what...

 

Texas church shooting victims honored, funeral held

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Two white hearses carrying the bodies of a couple killed in last weekend's Texas church shooting were followed by a long procession of vehicles Saturday evening that avoided passing the church where more than two...

 

Body found is missing Texas toddler; father says she choked

DALLAS (AP) — The father of a missing toddler whose body was found in a culvert under a road in suburban Dallas now says the girl choked to death on milk in the family's garage after earlier claiming she wandered off in the middle of the night...

 

Police: Texas Tech student questioned hours before shooting

DALLAS (AP) — Lubbock police officers questioned a Texas Tech University student about a stolen gun hours before he shot and killed a campus police officer, authorities said Thursday. Hollis Daniels III was driving a car that matched the...

 

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