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Thousands to march against NY chokehold death

August 23, 2014 01:59 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of marchers are expected to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.

The march on Saturday is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. It will begin at the street where 43-year-old Eric Garner was placed in the fatal chokehold and culminate with a rally at the office of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who this week sent the case to a grand jury.

St. Louis officer suspended after video comments

August 22, 2014 11:58 PM EST | AP


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County Police chief says an officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has been suspended while the department reviews a 2012 video in which the officer calls himself "a killer" and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.

Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1AFT5NV ) Friday that an internal review will start next week into the video of Officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the department.

Man who at pot candy must stand trial in killing

August 22, 2014 08:53 PM EST | AP


DENVER (AP) — A judge has ordered a Denver man to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was acting strangely after eating marijuana candy.

Defense attorneys for 48-year-old Richard Kirk suggested Friday during a preliminary hearing that he was so impaired by the pot that he may not have intended to kill his wife.

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

August 22, 2014 11:30 PM EST | AP


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

The fear among some local residents and officials trying to maintain peace in Ferguson is that failure to charge the officer could stoke new anger among a community profoundly mistrustful of the legal system. Many say they just hope the grand jury's decision, whatever it is, has irrefutable facts to back it up.

Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

August 22, 2014 10:32 PM EST | AP


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.

The documents released Friday by a federal appeals court also show that prosecutors believe Walker personally solicited donations for conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth to get around campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements as he fended off the recall attempt in 2012.

Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

August 22, 2014 07:53 PM EST | AP


MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Police say they're investigating why a woman tried to enter the maternity ward at a Central California hospital carrying a doll that looked like a living baby.

Capt. Tom Trindad of the Merced Police Department said Friday that 41-year-old Tonya Whitney has been cited with misdemeanor trespassing.

DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

August 22, 2014 09:52 PM EST | AP


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. and booked into Sacramento County Jail, said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman, after the California Highway Patrol stopped him going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

August 22, 2014 08:32 PM EST | AP


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group which would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.

The documents released Friday by a federal appeals court also show that prosecutors believe Walker personally solicited donations for conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth to get around campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements as he fended off a recall attempt in 2012.

Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

August 22, 2014 08:49 AM EST | AP


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond.

Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk.

Man who at pot candy must stand trial in killing

August 22, 2014 09:02 PM EST | AP


DENVER (AP) — A judge has ordered a Denver man to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was acting strangely after eating marijuana candy.

Defense attorneys for 48-year-old Richard Kirk suggested Friday during a preliminary hearing that he was so impaired by the pot that he may not have intended to kill his wife.

Governors: Deal may come soon in supermarket feud

August 22, 2014 09:00 PM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to sell it to its ousted CEO.

In a statement issued late Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said they expect the company will restore Arthur T. Demoulas to "operating authority" on an interim basis, pending completion of the sale.

Missing Russian found dead in Grand Teton park

August 22, 2014 08:57 PM EST | AP


MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A Russian student who went missing in Grand Teton National Park has been found dead.

The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr "Sasha" Sagiev was found in the park Friday. The student from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was reported missing Monday after going for a hike.

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

August 22, 2014 06:57 PM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court.

In a 15-page motion filed late Friday, Tsarnaev's attorneys said their three-year review of procedures used to select both grand juries and trial juries in the District of Massachusetts turned up "substantial violations" of both the jury selection law and a constitutional requirement that juries represent a fair cross-section of the population.

ND teacher of the year charged with 5 felonies

August 22, 2014 08:45 PM EST | AP


WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

A complaint filed in East Central District Court charges Aaron Knodel, an English teacher at West Fargo High School, with corruption or solicitation of a minor. He's scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 5.

Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria

August 22, 2014 12:02 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

The president may continue helping Iraqi forces try to reverse the group's land grabs in northern Iraq by providing more arms and American military advisers and by using U.S. warplanes to support Iraqi ground operations. On Friday the Pentagon announced that U.S. warplanes made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

August 22, 2014 08:23 PM EST | AP


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to Wisconsin Club for Growth, which would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.

The emails were part of some 1,300 pages released by a federal appeals court from a secret investigation into whether Walker's recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.

With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire

August 22, 2014 04:41 AM EST | AP


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.

Perry is scheduled to be in the key early voting state on Friday and Saturday, where he'll attend at least a half-dozen events.

Fort Hood officer to face trial by court martial

August 22, 2014 07:33 PM EST | AP


FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A noncommissioned sexual abuse prevention officer accused of operating a prostitution ring at a central Texas army base will face a military court martial.

Fort Hood said Friday that Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen's case will go to trial. His attorneys could not be immediately reached.

Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

August 22, 2014 08:09 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said.

Biden: US would help Iraq pursue federal system

August 22, 2014 08:03 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq pursue a federal system that would decentralize power away from Baghdad.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Biden says Iraq is making progress in forming a new government. But he says sectarian divisions are fueling extremist movements like the Islamic State.

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

August 22, 2014 07:50 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.

"We very much condemn the violation — flagrant violation — of Ukraine's sovereignty that we saw today with the movement of this Russian convoy into Ukraine," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama.