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Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.... 7/31/2015 8:47 PM

Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.... 7/31/2015 6:31 PM

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens to be suspended
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) -- After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen was to end Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.... 7/31/2015 9:26 PM

No charges vs. 2 officers at scene of traffic stop shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were at the scene just after a fellow officer fatally shot a driver are not being charged, a prosecutor said Friday.... 7/31/2015 7:12 PM

U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.... 7/31/2015 7:57 PM

Suit: Anti-abortion group recorded abortion providers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An association of abortion providers moved Friday to block the release of recordings it claims were made by an anti-abortion group that has previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the use of aborted fetuses for research.... 7/31/2015 9:47 PM

Escaped inmate suspected in killing is captured after chase
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) -- An escaped inmate suspected of strangling an acquaintance and stealing a gun and two trucks while on the run led police on a chase and rammed a cruiser before being captured Friday, authorities said.... 7/31/2015 4:41 PM

With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.... 7/31/2015 9:51 PM

Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even falling.... 7/31/2015 9:31 PM

Man who died in police fight wanted for beating 97-year-old
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities say a man who died after a fight with San Francisco police was wanted for the beating of a 97-year-old who employed him as a caretaker and later died from the attack.... 7/31/2015 9:48 PM

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