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Police shoot, kill man in San Diego area; protesters gather

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:50:28 GMT2016-09-28T09:50:28Z

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said....

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:29:20 GMT2016-09-28T04:29:20Z

DENVER (AP) -- Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found....

Vermont man lost at sea was suspect in grandfather's killing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:14:37 GMT2016-09-28T13:14:37Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A 22-year-old man rescued in the Atlantic after floating on a life raft for a week had been a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his grandfather, deepening the mystery surrounding his ordeal and the apparent death of his mother at sea....

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:26:33 GMT2016-09-28T06:26:33Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug....

NAACP head says shooting victim's history doesn't matter

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:12:21 GMT2016-09-28T10:12:21Z

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A restraining order filed against a North Carolina man killed by police last week shouldn't matter because officers who confronted him didn't know about that history before he was shot to death, a civil rights leader said....

Unanswered questions surround N. Carolina police shooting

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:57 GMT2016-09-28T10:00:57Z

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Unanswered questions still surround the fatal police shooting of a black man by a black police officer in North Carolina despite a week of rallies and marches calling for wider investigations and more transparency by law enforcement....

Future of New Orleans Confederate monuments argued in court

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:53:13 GMT2016-09-28T07:53:13Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The future of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans is the focus of a highly anticipated court case Wednesday....

Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:49:34 GMT2016-09-28T07:49:34Z

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the growing darkness outside Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, before the first Vaux's Swift darted into view high above....

Striking a chord! Bostonians embrace pop-up painted pianos

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:26:48 GMT2016-09-28T11:26:48Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Bostonians are embracing the painted pianos that have popped up across the city and neighboring Cambridge in recent days....

California blaze burns aggressively across steep terrain

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:08:11 GMT2016-09-28T08:08:11Z

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) -- A blaze in a rugged area south of San Jose threatened hundreds of structures and destroyed at least one home as it burned aggressively, after charring more than 3 square miles of dry brush and timber....