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Audrey DuBose, mother of Samuel DuBose, is comforted by her son Aubrey as she speaks to the media after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of her son Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters added that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month. “It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, the Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor, said at a news conference Wednesday. Sam Dubose, 43, was shot and killed during a July 19 …

Shooter’s mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

James Holmes’s mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son’s campus psychiatrist never told her that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she …

Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was ‘unethical’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday on allegations they helped a U.S. dentist kill a protected lion named Cecil, and the head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat was unethically lured into the kill zone and denied “a chance of a fair chase.” The Zimbabwean men …

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin …

Sanborn: Drug czar should resign for failure to meet with police chiefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s drug czar came under increasing pressure from Republicans on Monday as a prominent state senator called for his resignation, citing reports from police chiefs that the man tasked with coordinating the state’s addiction response had yet …

Police cite lack of seatbelt in fatal Sanbornton crash

Monday, July 27, 2015

A 21-year-old Belmont man died Friday night when his car crashed off Route 127 in Sanbornton, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Benjamen Page was speeding without a seatbelt along a northbound curve when his Ford SUV veered off the road and crashed at the corner of …

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spill on New Hampshire highway

Monday, July 27, 2015

The only thing missing was the waffles. Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times Monday when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked – very slowly – all over a main highway. Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal said some 220 gallons of the …

Woman accused of being accomplice in death reaches plea deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

A woman who initially pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to first-degree murder in the death of her husband’s ex-wife in 2013 has reached a plea deal. Sarah Desjardins, 36, of Epping was charged in connection with the death of Amanda “Amy” Warf. Desjardins is scheduled to …

Whitey Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to …

Tipsters help police seeking theater shooter’s motive

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Police on Saturday thanked the many people providing tips about John Russell Houser as they work to reconstruct his movements before he killed two people, wounded nine and then killed himself in a movie theater. By interviewing victims …

Pollard’s ex-wife: Israel should fund his legal defense

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon. Jonathan Pollard …

MEXICO: Escaped drug lord no saint despite folklore

Sunday, July 26, 2015

People living in the hometown of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have heard stories of his benevolence: gifts of medicine for the poor, deliveries of drinking water to storm-stricken towns. But finding anyone who’s actually received or even seen such a gift is another matter. In Badiraguato, …

Illinois: Hundreds attend jailed activist’s funeral

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail remembered her as a “courageous voice” for social justice and promised to keep fighting for clarity on the circumstances surrounding her death. Hundreds of people attended Sandra Bland’s funeral. They celebrated her life with words …