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Police: Half of those arrested during riots released

Baltimore Police: Half of those arrested during riots have been released without charges
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Baltimore police say more than half of the people detained during Monday's riots have been released without charges.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, says 201 people were arrested during the riots and 106 of them were subsequently released after 48 hours because specific charges couldn't be filed. He says police are reviewing surveillance footage and expect to charge many of those people once their identities have been confirmed.

Frightening new details emerge in theatre shooting trial

Frightening new details emerge in 3rd day of Colorado theatre shooting trial
The Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Witnesses in the Colorado theatre shooting trial are adding vivid and disturbing details to the accounts of mayhem inside the auditorium.

In the trial's third day Wednesday, prosecution witnesses described a nightmarish scene with bloody victims, noxious smells and blaring noise.

Prosecutors appeared intent on planting a deeply upsetting image in jurors' minds. A day earlier, moviegoers testified about being shot or watching loved ones gunned down.

Station suspends DJ over posting in Baltimore man's death

Station suspends DJ over posting on arrest record of Baltimore man fatally injured in custody
Joe Mandak, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A radio station has suspended a disc jockey over his online posting about the arrest record of a Baltimore man whose fatal injury in police custody led to rioting.

Officials at FM station WAMO 100, which bills itself as Pittsburgh's No. 1 choice for urban music, said Wednesday the posting by Mike Jax was "too controversial" and partly inaccurate. They also said listeners had complained and threatened to harm Jax, whose real name is Mike Jackson.

Couple testifies about being Jamaican lottery scam victims

Couple testifies about being victims of Jamaican lottery scam during man's conspiracy trial
Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - A woman who was the victim of a Jamaican lottery scam told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a postcard in June 2012 at her Madison, South Dakota, home from a company called American Cash Awards asking for $10 to enter a sweepstakes.

She said she talked it over with her husband and mailed the money.

"I thought, all right, we've spent $10 a lot worse ways," Doug Erickson said during testimony.

Police: Moose fatally stabbed in Alaska park; 3 men arrested

Police say moose stabbed to death in Alaska park; 3 charged with felony animal cruelty
Rachel D'Oro And Dan Joling, The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three men have been accused of stabbing a young moose to death at a park in Alaska's largest city, and police said witnesses reported seeing the men punching the animal and walking away.

The men were arraigned Wednesday in the death of the yearling moose near a bike trail in Anchorage's Russian Jack Springs Park. All three were arrested on charges of animal cruelty, wanton waste of big game and tampering with evidence.

Thousands in other cities protest death of Baltimore man

Thousands in other cities protest the death of a Baltimore man who died in police custody
Amanda Lee Myers And David Dishneau, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police and to demand reforms to police procedures.

Jury: We're deadlocked in case of 1979 missing boy Etan Patz

Jury deadlocked in NYC case of 1979 missing boy Etan Patz; judge says to keep deliberating
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jurors in the murder trial surrounding the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 said Wednesday they were deadlocked, but the judge told them to keep deliberating.

Colorado theatre gunman's stoic behaviour at heart of trial

Defence says medication makes Colorado theatre gunman stoic, prosecutors describe cold killer
Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The courtroom where the Colorado theatre shooting trial is unfolding is awash with emotion as survivors recount the horrors of dodging gunfire and stumbling over loved ones' bodies as they fled.

But the man tethered to the floor at the defence table seems impervious to it all, hardly moving as witnesses share details of his carnage.

Owner of Detroit-Canada bridge ordered to jail

Owner of US-Canada bridge ordered to jail for missing Detroit construction project deadlines
Ed White, The Associated Press

DETROIT - A judge ordered the 84-year-old owner of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge to jail Thursday for failing to meet court orders on a construction project linking the span to adjacent interstates.

Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards said Manuel "Matty" Moroun and top lieutenant Dan Stamper will stay in jail until they comply with a 2010 order to get the work going. It's unclear how long they'll be behind bars after an appeals court hours later refused to suspend the decision and release them.

Clark Gable grandson gets jail for pointing laser

Clark Gable's grandson gets 10 days in jail for pointing laser at LAPD helicopter
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Clark Gable's 23-year-old grandson has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for pointing a green laser at a Los Angeles police helicopter as it flew 800 feet over Hollywood.

City News Service says the judge, who gave Clark James Gable credit for one day already served in jail, also placed him on three years' probation. He was sentenced Thursday.

Gable pleaded guilty last month to felony discharge of a laser.

He flashed the laser three times at the helicopter while riding as a passenger in a car on July 28.

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