• Chief: Hand movements justified fatal shooting

    The Associated Press 6 minutes ago
    Richard Ramirez
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana police chief says an unarmed robbery suspect moved his hands six times in defiance of an officer's orders before the officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John ...
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    Walker refuses to back down on jobs promise

    The Associated Press 9 minutes ago
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't think voters will penalize him if he doesn't meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of this year. Walker on Wednesday ...
  • Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    The Associated Press 10 minutes ago
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking a judge to strike down a state law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot, arguing the new requirements violate the Arkansas ...
  • 2 more accused in kidnapping of prosecutor's father

    The News & Observer 16 minutes ago
    RALEIGH, N.C. _ Federal investigators have accused two more suspects in a bizarre plot orchestrated from a North Carolina prison to hold the father of the inmate's prosecutor prisoner in an interstate kidnapping. Arrest warrants unsealed in federal ...
  • Nation and world news briefs

    McClatchy and Tribune Newspapers 16 minutes ago
    NATION LOS ANGELES _ Longtime Bell, Calif., administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison, closing the books on a sweeping public corruption scandal that made the small southeast Los Angeles County city synonymous with graft. Rizzo ...
  • Wash. unemployment rate steady at 6.3 percent

    The Associated Press 17 minutes ago
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. Officials said that the ...

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