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Judge dismisses fourth juror in theater shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The judge in the capital murder trial of Colorado movie-theater gunman James Holmes dismissed a fourth juror on Monday, after the woman acknowledged that her brother-in-law was recently the victim of a shooting in a robbery.

Alleged accomplice in escape appears in court

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A female prison employee accused of helping two convicted killers stage a brazen escape appeared in court in upstate New York on Monday, under heavy protection and clad in apparent body armor and prison stripes.

Blogger sentenced in scandal over U.S. Senator’s wife

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi blogger who pleaded guilty to burglary for going into a nursing home to photograph the ailing wife of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran was sentenced to five years in prison, a county court judge ruled on Monday.

Person shot trying to get into Arkansas air base

LITTLE ROCK — A person trying to get into the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas was shot at the gate on Monday, sending the installation into temporary lockdown, base officials said.

Top court rejects abortion ultrasound law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by the state of North Carolina to revive its law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them.

Four hurt in explosion near San Diego

POWAY, Calif. — An explosion rocked a San Diego area energy storage depot on Wednesday, shattering concrete, blowing out a loading dock bay door and sending four people to the hospital, officials said.

Next round of Iran nuclear talks ‘pretty tough’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The next round of Iran nuclear talks will be “pretty tough,” a senior U.S. official told reporters on Wednesday ahead of a new round of negotiations including political directors from the seven nations involved.

Governor signs bill requiring waiting period for abortion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Women seeking abortions in Florida will be required to make two visits to a clinic, with a mandatory 24-hour waiting period in between, to end a pregnancy under a bill signed into law on Wednesday.

Obama orders deployment of up to 450 troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered the deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops and the establishment of a new training base in Iraq’s Anbar province to help rebuild fragile Iraqi forces in preparation for a battle to retake territory lost to Islamic State.

Search for escaped inmates expands

NEW YORK — The manhunt for two inmates who escaped from a New York maximum security prison expanded to neighboring Vermont on Wednesday as the pair set a record for the longest jailbreak in New York history, authorities said.

Officer let ‘emotions get the better of him’

AUSTIN, Texas — The Dallas-area policeman seen in a viral video throwing a bikini-clad black teenager to the ground was emotionally fraught at the time after responding to two suicide calls, and was not targeting minorities, his attorney said Wednesday.

Group says Costco egg supplier mistreats hens

An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States found unsanitary and “inhumane” conditions at a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, farm that supplies eggs to retailer Costco Wholesale Corp, the animal welfare group said Tuesday.

Hastert pleads not guilty

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty in a packed Chicago courtroom on Tuesday to federal charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.

Policeman resigns after viral video

AUSTIN, Texas — A white Dallas-area policeman seen in a viral video tossing a bathing suit-clad, black teenage girl to the ground resigned on Tuesday from the McKinney Police force, local broadcaster Fox 4 and others cited his lawyer as saying.

Parts of White House, Capitol complex evacuated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House briefing room and parts of two U.S. Senate office buildings were briefly evacuated within hours of each other on Tuesday after separate bomb threats, but authorities said it was not clear if the incidents were linked.

Judge dismisses three jurors tainted by tweet

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The judge in the capital murder trial of Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes dismissed three jurors on Tuesday on the grounds they were tainted by hearing about a prosecutor’s message on Twitter.

Pregnant woman charged with murdering fetus

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman was charged with murder in the death of her 5-1/2-month-old fetus delivered in a car after she took an abortion-inducing pill, officials said on Tuesday.

Ex-police officer indicted in death of black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man in the back as he ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge on Monday, a prosecutor said.