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Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California criminal justice reform initiative played no role in the length of the prison sentence of a gang member who is accused of shooting two police officers, one of whom died, officials said Tuesday. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, was arrested Monday after Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer was fatally shot and Officer Patrick Hazell was wounded as they responded to the site of a traffic accident Mejia was involved in.

Officials: 4 ex-workers at boarding school molested students

MILTON, Mass. (AP) -- A prestigious boarding and day school near Boston says four former workers engaged in sexual misconduct with several students decades ago. Milton Academy sent a letter to the school community Tuesday saying an independent investigation determined former theater program head Rey Buono and three other unidentified male workers molested several students. Buono worked at Milton from 1973 to 1987. He was fired after admitting he molested a student.

Suspicious package causes evacuations in New Jersey

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A bomb squad has dismantled a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of two apartment buildings in New Jersey. The package, which later was determined to be a hoax, was found near a pay phone outside a convenience store Tuesday evening in Linden. Police say officers immediately began clearing the area and shutting down streets. Two apartment buildings were evacuated in the process.

Hearing resumes on new trial request in prep school case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A hearing resumes Wednesday in New Hampshire on whether a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex deserves a new trial. Owen Labrie (lah-BREE'), of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted in 2015 of raping a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord.

Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

PARIS (AP) -- Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights. Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 2016 as "the year when the cynical use of 'us vs.

GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn returned to her district Tuesday in Tennessee and was greeted by tough questions on topics from health care reform to President Donald Trump's cabinet appointees. She also was met with protests. While 100 people crammed into her town hall gathering about 30 miles from Nashville, another 100 people outside chanted about immigrant rights, Planned Parenthood and other topics in protest against the congresswoman and the president.

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state's Medicaid program.

4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A California man who used a woman he took hostage as a human shield from police gunfire after a deadly bank robbery and car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in an emotional hearing. Jaime Ramos, 22, pleaded guilty last year in a deal with prosecutors to avoid a possible death sentence at trial.

Questions immigrants must answer to become citizens

Immigrants who want to become citizens must go through a long list of requirements, including passing a 10-question civics test. Here are some sample questions: 1. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution? Answer: Bill of Rights. 2. How many amendments does the Constitution have? Answer: 27. 3. What is the name of the current president of the United States? Answer: Donald Trump. 4.

After Trump travel ban, immigrants seek to naturalize

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andres Dorantes has long been content with the green card that lets him live in the U.S. and work as a tattoo artist in Los Angeles. That changed when Donald Trump became president and swiftly made executive orders to crack down on immigrants and ban travel from certain countries. Dorantes, a Mexican immigrant, made an appointment at a naturalization workshop to start the process of becoming an American citizen.

3rd person sentenced in scalding of cat in Mississippi

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) -- A third person in Mississippi been sentenced to jail for the scalding of a caged cat in a video that was posted online. Police say the cat died after being doused with boiling water in December. News organizations report a Moss Point city judge on Tuesday sentenced 23-year-old Karmen Coleman to 30 days in jail. She pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance by videotaping the scalding. On Feb.

Deputy: 3 women and 5-year-old boy killed in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy and three of his female family members were shot to death at a home in eastern Mississippi, authorities said Tuesday. The bodies of the child and women were found in the community of Toomsuba, near the Alabama state line, and investigators are pursuing "numerous leads," Lauderdale County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Ward Calhoun told The Associated Press. Authorities have not released a motive or the names of the slain.