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CHICAGO: Teen’s death illuminates police code of silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department. The lack of swift action illustrates the difficulty of confronting the “code of silence” that has long been …

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other people “prevented federal officials from performing their official duties by force, threats and intimidation,” according …

Lawsuit claims Northfield school failed to prevent student sexual abuse, despite warnings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing a special education school in Northfield, claiming officials there failed to prevent a fellow student from sexually assaulting him. In a complaint filed Monday in federal court, they said the boy reported several incidents of sexual harassment last year to …

Somalia: Pilot recounts blast on jet, emergency return

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

An explosion that blew a hole in a jetliner shortly after takeoff and left one man missing was believed to have been caused by a bomb, the pilot said Wednesday, describing how the crew calmed frightened passengers as …

Bill Cosby is back in court to throw out criminal case

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bill Cosby’s lawyers fought Tuesday to persuade a judge to toss out a felony sexual-assault charge against the entertainer, who prosecutors allege drugged and molested a Temple University athletics department employee at his Philadelphia-area estate a dozen years ago. The embattled 78-year-old comedian has been accused of sexual …

Fast-growing motorcycle group is largely for law enforcement

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

One of the nation’s fastest-growing motorcycle clubs is composed largely of military, police officers and prison guards. It also embraces the regalia and traditions of outlaw biker gangs – a choice that has provoked deadly clashes with other …

Charges dismissed against Gilford topless protesters; judge upholds law’s constitutionality

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Laconia District Court judge dismissed a charge Friday against a Gilford woman for going topless at a town beach because there is no provision in state law that prohibits women from exposing their breasts in public. But …

Ice climber rescued after fall in White Mountains

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An ice climber from Massachusetts was rescued Sunday from a mountain near Crawford Notch State Park on Sunday after falling about 20 feet to a ledge below. Peter Lindahl, 36, of Medford, Mass., had reached Upper Hitchcock Gully …

Carbon monoxide ‘close call’ in Pembroke prompts consideration of danger

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

His wife made out the sound of the alarm from their bedroom. His dog, Simon, was softly whimpering, perhaps “under the influence a little bit, not knowing what was going on,” because of the gas. But Joe Cloutier was fast asleep at his Pembroke home about 3 a.m. …

Disabled homeless man dies after being hit by oncoming traffic

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A disabled homeless man who was struck by a car Thursday in Concord has died, according to Concord Hospital. The death was confirmed Sunday afternoon. Gene Parker, 52, was navigating his wheelchair along the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 393 when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle around …

Police chase in Vermont leads to arrest of alleged Hooksett robbery suspect

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Police on Saturday arrested a 17-year-old in Vermont more than 12 hours after he allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing on foot from the Common Man General Store located off Interstate 93 South in Hooksett. According to a press release, police identified the suspect, whose …

Tip about van led to arrest of escapees in San Francisco

Saturday, January 30, 2016

After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was an observant citizen who led police to the two remaining fugitives who broke out of a California jail eight days ago using a Google Earth map …