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Excommunicated Mormon loses her appeal

1 hour 26 min ago
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated this summer says she has lost her appeal.

Students isolated as expulsion alternative

1 hour 28 min ago
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

New Hampshire ban on 'ballot selfies' challenged by lawsuit

1 hour 28 min ago
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire law that bans the sharing of images of marked election ballots over social media compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday challenging the prohibition on "ballot selfies." The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is seeking to block the law, which took effect on Sept. 1, prohibiting sharing such images over Twitter, Facebook or any other online or conventional means. ...

Jury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings

1 hour 29 min ago
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday.

U.S. Mormon feminist says appeal against excommunication denied

1 hour 29 min ago

Kelly talks to supporters before a vigil in Salt Lake City(Reuters) - A U.S. Mormon feminist who was excommunicated after advocating for the ordination of women said on Friday her appeal against the ejection from her faith was denied by church leaders. Kate Kelly, founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after church leaders deemed her actions and public statements to have violated the "laws and order" of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and amounted to apostasy.  (Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Eric Beech)

4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois

1 hour 29 min ago
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a mother and three children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train.

NYPD's highest ranking black official quits

1 hour 30 min ago

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, New York City Police Dept. Chief of Department Philip Banks, right, joins New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman during a news conference, in New York. On Monday, Oct. 3, 2014, Banks was to have been named first deputy commissioner, second in command at the nation's largest police force; instead, Banks elected to retire. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.

Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

1 hour 35 min ago

FILE - This undated file photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. As investigators find more of the eerie faces scrawled on rocks in some of the West’s most picturesque landscapes, park managers are trying to figure out how they’ll get rid of the graffiti-like paintings. Casey Nocket, the 21-year-old suspect identified by the park service this week, allegedly used acrylic paint and markers to leave eerie faces in at least eight parks across California, Colorado, Utah and Oregon, including the one in this photo. (AP Photo/Instagram, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

1 hour 36 min ago
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Orange fever reins again at Giants victory parade

1 hour 38 min ago

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner holds the World Series MVP trophy during the victory parade for the 2014 baseball World Series champions, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a confetti and rain-soaked parade honoring the city's World Series champions.

Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform

1 hour 39 min ago

FILE- In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest. The U.S. Department of Justice and New Mexico's largest city are expected to make an announcement Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 about reforms for the troubled Albuquerque police force. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

1 hour 39 min ago

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew. The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear Friday morning for his arraignment in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he is being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.

SEPTA, union talks to continue; both sides optimistic

1 hour 42 min ago

SEPTA, union talks to continue; both sides optimisticTalks are still continuing between SEPTA and the Transit Workers Union but officials are optimistic that a strike will be avoided, saying a deal is about 85 percent done.

Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson

1 hour 44 min ago
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Ashes from Ebola victim's apartment in limbo

1 hour 45 min ago

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, a hazardous material cleaner removes a blue barrel from the apartment in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed. The apartment contents were incinerated but nearly a month later, the ashes sit in limbo at a facility in Port Arthur, Texas, as Louisiana officials fight to keep it out of a landfill there. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)It took a crew 38 hours to clear out the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before he was diagnosed Sept. 30 with Ebola. Hazmat suit-clad workers piled shoes, carpets, mattresses, bed sheets, clothes and kids' backpacks into 140 55-gallon drums. Only a few items were salvaged: a computer hard drive, legal documents, family photos, an old Bible belonging to Duncan's grandmother.

Milwaukee chief: Union vote is political move

1 hour 46 min ago

FILE - This file photo provided by the Milwaukee Police Department shows Christopher Manney who was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department in connection with the shooting and killing of a mentally ill man in a downtown park in April. Milwaukee police angered by the firing of Manney took a vote expressing a lack of confidence in their chief, but the city's mayor said Friday that he was standing by Edward Flynn. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Police Department, file)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police angered by the firing of an officer who shot and killed a man in a downtown park took a vote expressing a lack of confidence in their chief, but the city's mayor said Friday that he was standing by Edward Flynn.

New Hampshire murderer pleads guilty in escape plot

1 hour 46 min ago
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a college student pleaded guilty on Friday to an additional charge of plotting to escape from jail prior to his trial. Seth Mazzaglia, 32, is already serving life in prison without parole for the Oct. 9, 2012, murder of Elizabeth Marriott, then a 19-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire. State prosecutors charged that Mazzaglia recruited a cellmate two months after he was arrested in connection with the murder and gave him a "detailed plan and directives" for a jail break. ...

Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat

1 hour 47 min ago
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to campus with a gun, but lifted the orders about an hour later. The small Christian college was the site of a campus shooting spree in June in which one person was killed and two others wounded. The university said on Twitter that the lockdown was lifted. Earlier it said the Seattle Police Department had informed university officials of the threat. ...

Manslaughter conviction in fatal marching band hazing in Florida

1 hour 48 min ago
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that led to the death of a Florida college marching band member was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing, the first case to go to trial in an incident that drew national attention to hazing abuses. A jury convicted percussionist Dante Martin, 27, for his role in a November 2011 ritual involving the Florida A&M University's celebrated "Marching 100" band that led to the death of Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major. ...

Governor candidates Wolf, Corbett sprint to finish through eastern Pennsylvania

1 hour 48 min ago

Governor candidates Wolf, Corbett sprint to finish through eastern PennsylvaniaPennsylvania's candidates for governor are sprinting toward the finish line, going town to town as they make their case and encourage supporters to cast a ballot.