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New York

Denzel Washington takes plea deal in strangling of Aretha Franklin

A Manhattan man named Denzel Washington took a plea deal Wednesday for strangling his mom — whose name is, wait for it, Aretha Franklin.

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Connecticut

Report: Collapsed decks at house owned by Connecticut college 'structurally unsound'

A new report indicates a pair of crowded decks that collapsed during a party at an off-campus house owned by Trinity College in Connecticut earlier this month were structurally unsound due to "...

Insight from Augustine Ubaldi, railroad and aviation engineering expert

Transportation

Mother killed in New Jersey train crash had recently arrived from Brazil

Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was in a rush to catch the train.

In a photo provided by William Sun, people examine the wreckage of a New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed into the train station during the morning rush hour in Hoboken,, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The crash caused an unknown number of injuries and witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding. (William Sun via AP)

CRIME

Neighbors: Veteran engineer in deadly crash loves his work

The engineer at the controls of a speeding commuter train that crashed into a New Jersey station has been in the railroad business for nearly three decades, and neighbors say it's clear he loves the ...

A train packed with commuters failed to stop as it crashed into the station; Rick Leventhal with the details for 'Special Report'

Transportation

Veteran NJ Transit engineer in deadly crash 'loves his work,' neighbor says

The engineer at the controls of a speeding commuter train that crashed into a station on Thursday, killing one person, has been in the railroad business for nearly three decades, and neighbors said he ...

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Southeast

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File) FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)

Homicide

Lawyer: Jury should hear about cop's 'auditory exclusion'

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the ...

Police and Law Enforcement

Florida deputy accused of Tasing woman, baking her 'Sorry I Tased You' cake

A Florida woman is suing a local sheriff’s deputy who shot her with a stun gun during what was described as “horseplay” at an apartment complex and then tried to apologize for the incident by baking ...

Kentucky

Four injured in partial building collapse in Kentucky

A fire chief says four people have been injured in a partial building collapse in northern Kentucky.

South Carolina

Officials: Remains of NC teen who disappeared in 2011 found

The body of a North Carolina teenager whose adoptive parents were convicted of tax fraud related to her 2011 disappearance was found this week, officials said Thursday.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)

Homicide

Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer accused of manslaughter in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the ...

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Midwest

Sightings spread beyond South Carolina; police step up patrols Sightings spread beyond South Carolina; police step up patrols

Arkansas

Arkansas sheriff warns those seen in creepy clown masks

Authorities in Arkansas implemented a zero-tolerance policy against the creepy clowns that keep haunting residents.

Homicide

Milwaukee man convicted in shooting of 5-year-old

A jury convicted a Milwaukee man Thursday of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a 5-year-old girl who was fatally shot in the head as she sat on her grandfather's lap.

In this Jan. 22, 2009, file photo, the shadow of an anti-abortion activist holding a cross can be seen near a Planned Parenthood in Dubuque, Iowa.

Abortion

Federal judge blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood defunding

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily prohibited Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, expanding her order requiring the state to continue paying for services for three ...

Ohio

Ex-officer facing 2nd trial agrees to deal in wife's death

A former Ohio policeman who spent over a decade behind bars for his wife's death before his conviction was overturned pleaded guilty Thursday to charges alleging he hired her killers, under a deal ...

A sign welcomes visitors to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Crews working on a $135 million expansion of the Ross School moved a 65-foot-tall tree 500 feet from the side of the building to an area close to the front entrance.  (AP Photo, Mike Householder)

College

Michigan student successfully changes preferred pronoun to 'His Majesty' on class roster

As Heat Street‘s Politics Editor Jillian Melchior reported this week, a new policy at the University of Michigan allows students to choose their preferred pronouns — including the gender-neutral “they”...

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Southwest

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File) FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)

Homicide

Lawyer: Jury should hear about cop's 'auditory exclusion'

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the ...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said Thursday, Sept. 29 that she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired from her handgun. Officer Shelby is expected to enter a not-guilty plea at her arraignment on Friday. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)

Homicide

Officer's lawyer: Jury should hear about auditory exclusion

A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer accused of manslaughter in an unarmed black man's death says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the ...

In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, photo, Barie Goetz, the state's crime scene reconstructionist, right, looks at photos of James Boyd's clothing on screens projected by special prosecutor Elicia Montoya, center, in order to explain a bullet trajectory to the jury during the trial of now-retired Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez in the shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd in District Court in Albuquerque, N.M. (Greg Sorber/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool)

New Mexico

Wife of officer charged in shooting details threats, bills

The wife of a former police officer charged in the shooting death of a homeless man in New Mexico says the couple has faced mounting legal bills, threats and uncertainty about the future as the case ...

Arizona

House Roll Call: 9/11 bill

The 348-77 roll call Wednesday by which the House voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

ADDS TRUE IDENTITY OF JUAN NAVARRO RIOS, FOR A MAN INITIALLY IDENTIFIED UNDER AN ALIAS AS SILVESTRE FRANCO-LUVIANO This undated photo provided by the Dallas Police Department shows Juan Navarro Rios. Navarro Rios, who is a suspect in a pair of Dallas-area killings was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at an apartment about 150 miles to the south near Austin, police said. He had been sought in the shooting deaths late Sunday of Ruben Moreno in his car in southeastern Dallas and of Welton Betts at a gas station in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill. (Dallas Police Department via AP)

Texas

Officials: Suspect in Texas slayings was in US illegally

U.S. immigration officials say a man suspected in a pair of Dallas-area killings was in the country illegally after three deportations to Mexico.

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West

FILE - In this July 29. 2016 file photo, protesters for and against a sweeping Nevada school choice program voice their opinions about the measure being argued before the Nevada Supreme Court in Las Vegas. The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program, seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country, has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked. Justices issued a 4-2 ruling on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, against the money source for the program, which has been on hold since the winter and never disbursed funds to families as it intended, but upholding some of the major tenets underlying the school voucher concept. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter, File) FILE - In this July 29. 2016 file photo, protesters for and against a sweeping Nevada school choice program voice their opinions about the measure being argued before the Nevada Supreme Court in Las Vegas. The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program, seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country, has an unconstitutional funding mechanism that should remain blocked. Justices issued a 4-2 ruling on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, against the money source for the program, which has been on hold since the winter and never disbursed funds to families as it intended, but upholding some of the major tenets underlying the school voucher concept. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter, File)

RELIGION

Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that the state's voucher-style Education Savings Accounts program — seen as the broadest school choice initiative in the country — has an unconstitutional funding ...

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews an honor guard with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Duterte is on a two-day visit to meet Vietnam's leaders. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP)

MILITARY

US defense chief calls alliance with Philippines 'ironclad'

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has described the U.S.-Philippines alliance as ironclad, one day after the Philippine president said joint military exercises with the U.S. would end.

California

Dad charged with attacking youth baseball coach with bat

Authorities say a man from Pasadena has been charged with going after a youth baseball coach with a bat for benching his son.

Arcan Cetin is escorted into Skagit County District Court by Skagit County's Sheriff's Deputies on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Cetin is being held under a magistrate's warrant which will give Skagit County prosecutors 30 days to file charges in relation to the Cascade Mall shooting that took place on Friday evening. Five people were killed in the shooting, and Cetin is being held on a $2 million bail. (Brandy Shreve/Skagit Valley Herald via AP)

Washington

Police reviewing gun store video in mall shooting case

Detectives are investigating a tip that the suspect in a deadly mall shooting north of Seattle may have tried unsuccessfully to purchase a handgun just hours before the slayings occurred.

Utah

New signage stolen on trailhead named after black cowboy

New trailhead signs with a less controversial name for eastern Utah's Negro Bill Canyon have been stolen.

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