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2 arrested in shooting of Arizona law officer

2 suspects arrested after weeklong manhunt following wounding of Arizona law officer
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Authorities say two suspects have been arrested following a weeklong manhunt into a shooting that left an Arizona law officer wounded.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump late Wednesday night announced the arrests of the "two outstanding suspects" in the shooting of the Department of Public Safety officer during a traffic stop.

His brief statement did not name the suspects, but said more information would be released Thursday.

Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers

Police scuffle with Hong Kong activists but hold back from removing protest barriers
Kelvin Chan And Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press

HONG KONG - Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong's streets early Thursday, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

Public anger simmered over video showing police kicking a handcuffed protester on Wednesday night, an incident that happened when police charged the mostly student demonstrators occupying a highway underpass, using pepper spray and dragging dozens away.

Authorities: '7th Heaven' actor investigated

Los Angeles sheriff's detectives open molestation investigation involving '7th Heaven' actor
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it is investigating allegations that former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins exposed himself to a teenage girl in the early 1980s.

The department said Wednesday that the incident was reported to investigators on Oct. 9, two days after New York authorities acknowledged they had an open molestation inquiry involving Collins.

Ex-nurse guilty of assisting suicide gets jail

U.S. man guilty of attempting to assist Canadian's suicide headed to jail
Amy Forliti, The Associated Press

FARIBAULT, Minn. - A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve nearly six months in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.

William Melchert-Dinkel was sentenced to three years in prison in the deaths of an English man and a Canadian woman, but he won't have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of his probation that include the jail time.

Court tosses Arizona's no-bail law for immigrants

Appeals court throws out Arizona's 2006 law that denies bail to certain immigrants
Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - An appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved law in Arizona that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial.

Steenkamp relative testifies at Pistorius hearing

Steenkamp's cousin: When Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva he ruined our family
Gerald Imray And Rob Celliers, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Reeva Steenkamp's cousin sobbed while testifying Wednesday how she first heard on a car radio that Oscar Pistorius had killed his girlfriend.

Kim Martin said she had "hoped to God" that Pistorius was cheating on her cousin and that the young woman he had shot at his home was not Reeva.

Steenkamp's cousin testifies at Pistorius hearing

Steenkamp's cousin: Oscar Pistorius killing of Reeva ruined our family
Gerald Imray And Rob Celliers, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Reeva Steenkamp's cousin sobbed while testifying Wednesday how she first heard on a car radio that Oscar Pistorius had shot and killed his girlfriend.

Kim Martin said she had "hoped to God" that Pistorius was cheating on her cousin and that the woman he had shot was not Reeva.

UK judge: No payout to cleared hacking defendant

UK judge: Cleared hacking trial defendant acted suspiciously, shouldn't get costs
The Associated Press

LONDON - The judge in Britain's phone hacking trial said Wednesday that acquitted defendant Charles Brooks shouldn't be reimbursed for his legal costs because even though he was innocent, his behaviour was "incredibly stupid" and suspicious.

Brooks was cleared earlier this year of conspiring with his wife, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, and others to hide evidence from police. He said he had stashed material including his pornography collection out of embarrassment.

1 charge dismissed after shoe thrown at Clinton

Magistrate dismisses violence charge against woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A federal judge in Las Vegas has dismissed a misdemeanour violence charge against a Phoenix woman who pleaded guilty to trespassing after a shoe was thrown at former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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.

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