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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

Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.... 7/31/2015 10:03 PM

At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States."... 7/31/2015 10:09 PM

Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.... 7/31/2015 10:38 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

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