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The University of Cincinnati will cancel classes and close its offices at two campuses as the city on Wednesday braces for the possible fallout from grand jury action in the case of a white university police officer who shot and killed a black motorist during a traffic stop two weeks ago.
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The gunman who opened fire in a Lafayette, La., theater, killing two moviegoers and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself, was identified by police Friday as a 59-year-old "drifter" from Alabama, authorities said Friday.
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A dash-cam video showing the confrontation between Sandra Bland and a Texas trooper during her arrest was not edited, and the apparent glitches in it were technical problems caused during the uploading process, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday morning. A new video will be uploaded...
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A coalition of civil rights activists on Monday called for an independent investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, an African American woman who was found hanged in her Texas cell and whose death is the latest case to raise questions about race and police.
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Jurors in Colorado on Wednesday began their first day of deliberations over the fate of James E. Holmes who went into a suburban Denver movie theater three years ago and unleashed a deadly fusillade that killed 12 people and left 70 wounded.
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For hour after tedious hour, the South Carolina House of Representatives debated whether to remove a Confederate battle flag from state grounds. They tried to amend the bill and stalled — in short, doing what state legislatures often do when faced with a tough decision.
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Sandra Bland , whose death while in a Texas jail cell set off protests, had marijuana in her system, officials said Monday in releasing a toxicology report on her death.
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The telephone call, which was mainly ominous silence, arrived in the last moments of Wednesday night at the Broken Arrow police headquarters. By Thursday morning, authorities were investigating what they said was the worst homicide in the Oklahoma town’s history, one that saw five members of the same family slashed to death and two of their relatives jailed and expected to be charged with murder.
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Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a jail cell July 13, had kicked a Texas trooper who used force to subdue then arrest her three days earlier, according to the officer’s affidavit released Tuesday.
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Days before a brazen attack that killed four U.S. Marines, a post on a blog maintained by the suspected gunman, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, said that “life is short and bitter" and urged Muslims not to miss “the opportunity to submit to Allah.”
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Nearly three years after the midnight shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater left 12 people dead and 70 injured, jurors on Tuesday will hear final arguments and will begin deliberations on whether James Holmes could legally tell right from wrong when he opened fire.
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An especially virulent wildfire season in Canada is pouring smoke high into the atmosphere, where the jet stream is pushing the noxious byproducts into the U.S. across the West and the Midwest.
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Q&A: Details on botched execution in Oklahoma and what happens next
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'Our hearts are broken,' friend says of Chicago doctor shot in Afghanistan
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Several Colorado fourth-graders face disciplinary action for bringing their grandparents' legally purchased pot to school and apparently sel

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A U.S. soldier faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges he unlawfully killed two unarmed teenagers in an Iraqi battle zone.

Woman tells police she strangled or smothered newborns, stored bodies
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