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Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New York activist who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files."... 5/4/2015 6:34 PM

Official identifies gunman in Muhammad cartoon event attack
GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- One of two gunmen who opened fire with assault rifles at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas has been identified by a law enforcement official as a man who was on the FBI's radar four years ago during a terrorism investigation. Authorities credited an off-duty officer working security at the event with saving lives by killing the gunmen.... 5/4/2015 6:17 PM

Conservative Nebraska looks at abolishing death penalty
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- There's not a lot of sympathy for the 11 men on death row in Nebraska, but spurred by frustration about the growing difficulty and cost of carrying out executions, lawmakers are considering eliminating the death penalty.... 5/4/2015 6:26 PM


NYPD retraining focuses on talking arrestees into handcuffs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two New York City cops approach a gray sedan with a suspected drunken driver slumped over the wheel. They ask him to get out, and that's when the trouble begins.... 5/4/2015 1:03 PM

City Hall official: NYPD officer shot this weekend dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun has died from his injuries, the third New York Police Department officer slain in the line-of-duty in five months, a City Hall official said Monday.... 5/4/2015 6:24 PM

State police won't release dashcam video of officer shooting
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- When a white police officer in South Carolina chased a black man nine miles by car, then shot him to death in his driveway last year, the shooting apparently was captured on the officer's dashboard camera - a video that state police have steadfastly refused to release.... 5/3/2015 3:42 PM

Survey: States spent $1B-plus to clear winter snow and ice
BOSTON (AP) -- Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, forcing state transportation agencies to spend more than $1 billion to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.... 5/4/2015 2:09 PM

Court rejects challenge to NJ ban on gay conversion therapy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for patients under 18 years old.... 5/4/2015 1:48 PM




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