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Minnesota shooting shows police body cameras not used enough

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. But as the killing of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis officer over the weekend ...

Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will. Some ...

The Latest: Sister: ‘Victim No. 24 is our brother’

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a yearslong effort to identify victims of John Wayne Gacy (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A Minnesota woman says she's glad to finally know where her brother is after Illinois authorities identified him as a victim of serial killer John Wayne ...

The Latest: Officer in shooting exercising right to silence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by police in Minneapolis (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Some legal experts say the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape is smart not to talk ...

The Latest: Dayton: Will appeal ruling on Legislature money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a Minnesota judge ruling that Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the Legislature's funding is unconstitutional (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Gov. Mark Dayton says he will appeal a ruling that his veto of the Legislature's funding was unconstitutional. The ...

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. But as the killing of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis officer over the ...

Duluth may be next Minnesota city to require paid sick leave

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A city in eastern Minnesota may be the next in the state to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers. The Duluth City Council has created a task force to research paid sick time laws around the U.S. and gather public views on the matter, Minnesota Public ...

Michigan doctor to stay in jail in genital mutilation case

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country. U.S. District Judge ...

Suspect arrested in death of Fridley teen

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a 17-year-old boy in Fridley. Sheriff's officials say the 19-year-old Robbinsdale man is in the Anoka County Jail pending charges in the death of Mohanned Abdul Hafiz. He was found along the side of a road in ...

Illinois sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois sheriff's office said Wednesday that it has identified a Minnesota runaway as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a news release that the remains of a person whose body was found ...

3-year-old dies from Ecoli strain, brother sickened

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials are investigating the source of an E. coli strain that has taken the life of a 3-year-old girl and hospitalized her older brother. The parents of Kallan Maresh say the bacteria toxin attacked their daughter's kidneys and neurological system and ...

Praying soldier silhouette must be removed from city park

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota community caught up in the debate over religious symbols in public places will eliminate a free speech zone at its veterans' memorial park. Privately owned displays in the free speech zone, including the silhouette of a soldier praying over a grave ...

Officials: Australian woman shot after cops heard loud sound

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after the officer's partner was startled by a loud sound near their squad car, the partner told investigators Tuesday. The ...

Mourners hold Sydney beach vigil for woman shot by US police

SYDNEY (AP) — Family and friends have attended a silent vigil on a Sydney beach in memory of an Australian woman killed by a police officer in the U.S. Dozens carried candles as they gathered at Freshwater Beach on Wednesday morning and the nearly 300 mourners threw pink flowers into the ...

Latest: Minneapolis police say re-evaluating bodycam policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by police in Minneapolis (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Police in Minneapolis say they are re-evaluating their policy on body cameras following the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by an officer. Justine Damond ...

Australians see woman’s shooting by police as US nightmare

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Half a world from where an Australian woman was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer, a front-page headline in her hometown Sydney newspaper summarized Australia's reaction in blunt terms: "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE." In Justine Damond's ...

Officer who shot Australian woman felt called to police work

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a college ...

Sheriff blames animal rights activists for 35,000 lost mink

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they believe animal rights activists set free from a pelt farm in central Minnesota 35,000 mink incapable of surviving in the wild. Someone dismantled parts of the exterior fence at Lang Farms near Eden Valley late Sunday or early Monday and released ...

Hastert faces sex-offender treatment with prison release

By CARYN ROUSSEAU and MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child-sex-abuse scandal behind him after being released from federal prison in Minnesota where he served a little over a year for a related banking ...

Man accused of killing victim, leaving in garage for weeks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man is accused of using a metal jack to fatally bludgeon a man he found in his garage, then leaving the victim for weeks before his body was found by friends. Forty-nine-year-old Jonathan Erickson is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Allan ...