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This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials: Man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted by U.S. Marshals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A homeless man who was killed by the Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said yesterday. A law enforcement official identified Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, as the man the police shot Sunday. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and talked to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. But Axel Cruau, the consul general for France in Los Angeles, said the man stole the identity of a French citizen and was living in the United States under an assumed name. He had …

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Indian authorities ordered television stations yesterday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed if she had not fought back, a government official said. The order followed an outcry over …

Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified yesterday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death. Prosecutors say Hernandez, then a New …

Beloved K-9 gets police escort to be euthanized at Maine clinic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A beloved K-9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to …

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada’s transport safety board announced yesterday. The accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments …

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people …

Ferry sinks in central Bangladesh, killing at least 48

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh yesterday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was under way, but it was not clear …

Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter’s running death

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the “drill sergeant from hell,” a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. In court, the 59-year-old …

Concord: Discover the ‘glamour’ of police work

Sunday, February 22, 2015

No, you won’t be able to arrest anyone, but you still could learn a lot about police work. The Concord Police Department is once again offering its Citizens Police Academy. Participants will tour the station and learn about everything from field training to Tasers and use of force …

Officials say body found in vehicle in Concord Wal-Mart parking lot

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A person was found dead in a vehicle in the Concord Wal-Mart parking lot Friday morning. Concord police Lt. Cori Casey said the police received a call of an unresponsive individual in a vehicle at 9:18 a.m. The Concord Fire Department also responded and determined that the individual …

Town officials agree to settlement in panhandling lawsuit

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The town of Hudson, New Hampshire, has agreed to settle a lawsuit that said police harassed and punished a homeless man for panhandling. The Telegraph of Nashua reports (http://bit.ly/1CSewu0) the selectboard authorized the settlement of over $37,000 with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, which sued in federal …

Police: Suspect bragged about Las Vegas road-rage killing

Friday, February 20, 2015

The teenager arrested in what has been described as the road-rage slaying of a Las Vegas mother boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun during the gunbattle, according to a police report released yesterday. The documents shed new light …

Suspect in blast near NAACP office: Target was accountant

Friday, February 20, 2015

An accountant who was allegedly the target of a small explosive set off near the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been dead since June. Thaddeus Murphy, who was charged …