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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight moved between family members' homes in Mexico, avoiding cellphones and social media in an effort evade authorities, the FBI said Wednesday. Henry Solis, 27, was...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday refers to a confidential settlement...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — BASE jumpers, by nature, just want to be free. Their sport is inherently death-defying, growing at the bleeding edge of high-risk extreme sports, and they tend to be hostile to any attempt at containing their passion. In the U.S., their devil-may-care culture...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened. The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use. Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says...
The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through the Southwest highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers. The...
ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor. Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption among soccer officials,...
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. The 56-page notebook contains entries such as "What kind of GOD...
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of mentally ill people and imprisonment. Steven Wise, an attorney with the Nonhuman...