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Cleveland police deputy chief Ed Tomba answers questions at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, after the release of the surveillance video of the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a fake gun at the city park. Listening are Chief Calvin Williams, left, and Mayor Frank Johnson, second from left. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Cleveland: Officer who shot boy identified

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm was ordered three times to show his hands before he was fatally shot by an officer, Cleveland police said Wednesday as they released surveillance video of the shooting and identified the officers involved. The boy was shot within two seconds of the cruiser pulling up next to …

Key Hong Kong democracy protesters arrested

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong’s three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the operation, police in helmets swiftly removed metal barricades, tents, canopies and other obstructions in Mong …

Missouri: More Guard troops roll into Ferguson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson, Mo., yesterday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long public silence, insisting …

Small plane crashes into Chicago home

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side yesterday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the front of the …

Safety agency to push for national air bag recall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that automakers expand a recall of cars with driver’s air bags made by Takata Corp. to cover the entire nation. Previously, cars have been recalled only in areas along the Gulf Coast with high humidity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it’s …

Police seek suspect in Manchester bank robbery

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The police are looking for the suspect in an afternoon bank robbery in the New Hampshire city of Manchester. The police said a man demanded cash from a clerk at the TD Bank on Franklin Street shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday and then fled. He’s described as a …

Concord inmate pleads guilty to 2011 drug smuggling scheme

Monday, November 17, 2014

A former Northfield man sentenced earlier this year for smuggling contraband into the state’s prisons has pleaded guilty to conspiring to do it again, this time in Concord. Vincent Bitetto, 27, admitted last week in court to working with at least one other inmate and two civilians to …

Decades-old Henniker molestation case headed to trial next month

Monday, November 17, 2014

A former Henniker man accused of molesting a child in the late 1980s has asked a judge to prevent images from entering his trial next month that purportedly show recent texts from him to the alleged victim. George Sartorelli’s attorney argued last week that prosecutors have provided snippets …

N.H. mom turns self in decade after fleeing with child

Monday, November 17, 2014

A woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in yesterday to face trial. Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in fall 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband had harmed the child …

Specialist: Surprised suspect was named quickly

Monday, November 17, 2014

A trauma specialist said she’s surprised a teenager provided a name within a week after she returned to her Conway home from nine months of what prosecutors call “captivity.” Dr. Judy Cohen, medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital …

Students briefly told to stay put after gun report

Monday, November 17, 2014

University of New Hampshire students were told to stay inside early yesterday morning after the campus police received a report of someone showing a gun at an on-campus apartment complex. A university spokeswoman said the incident at the Gables apartment complex started about 4 a.m. Students were told …

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon activates National Guard in advance of Ferguson grand jury decision

Monday, November 17, 2014

With tensions running high, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday issued an executive order activating the National Guard “to support law enforcement during any period of unrest” that might occur following a grand jury’s decision in the fatal shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police …

Police: Unlicensed girl drove 118 mph in wrong direction on I-93

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An unlicensed 16-year-old girl drove 118 mph in the wrong direction over a 37-mile stretch of interstates 93 and 293 early yesterday morning, according to a press release issued by New Hampshire State Police Troop B. The girl attracted the attention of the Tilton Police Department and several …