• July 30, 2016

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Good cop or bad cop? Police chief under fire over outbursts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman has confounded both supporters and critics over the years with duleing good cop-bad cop personalities.

A look at some of the most death-defying stunts of all time

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although he's one of the most accomplished skydivers in the world, Luke Aikins will tell you what he's about to do — jump out of a plane without a parachute — is one crazy stunt.

Skydiver makes final preparations to jump without parachute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Skydiver Luke Aikins figures his next leap into thin air will start pretty much like the thousands that preceded it, only with one small but significant difference: This time when he steps out of the plane at 25,000 feet he won't take his parachute with him.

Powerball $478 million jackpot is nation's 8th largest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Powerball players have a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot, but they should keep in mind that their dreams of riches likely won't become a reality.

City officials: 3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting north of Seattle

MUKILTEO, Washington (AP) — Gunfire disrupted a small gathering at a suburban Seattle home, leaving three people dead and a fourth person injured early Saturday, police said.

Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement.

John Hinckley's return to normalcy has been years in making

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 has progressively become more normal as he prepares to live with his mother.

Riverboat loses power, drifts from Nebraska to Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three people were injured when a riverboat carrying 135 passengers struck a riverbank in Omaha, Nebraska, lost power and drifted across the Missouri River before coming to rest near a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

MIAMI (AP) — There's no official warning to stay clear of Florida, but the crowds that usually wander among the bold street murals in Miami's trendy Wynwood arts district may be thinner after reports that mosquitoes in the area have spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone

MIAMI (AP) — As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests.

Doubts about informant causes Chandra Levy case to crumble

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a North Carolina law illegally targeted minorities with tougher ballot-access rules, such as requiring photo identification to vote, adding a new partisan flashpoint in a swing state with a raft of hotly contested elections.

Wildfire sparks decline in tourism business in Big Sur

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Lodge managers and cafe owners along California's dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month.

Questions remain about killing of San Diego policeman

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police were trying to determine whether a shooting that killed a veteran officer and wounded another was a deliberate attack.

Courts deal setbacks to GOP voting restrictions in 3 states

CHICAGO (AP) — Courts dealt setbacks to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas.

Army report: Grenade found in room of Dallas gunman in 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him.

2 Chicago officers relieved of powers after suspect killed

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.

2 Chicago officers in deadly shooting relieved of powers

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson late Friday relieved two officers of their police powers following a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.

Clinton roars against Trump as a hacking distraction arises

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fresh off a spirited convention, Hillary Clinton told prospective voters Friday they face a "stark choice" in November and pressed ahead with the scalding rhetoric against her Republican rival that marked many of the speeches in Philadelphia. Another distraction arose, however, as her aides acknowledged that a hacking attack that exposed Democratic Party emails also reached into a computer system used by her own campaign.

Dozens march in Dallas against police violence toward blacks

DALLAS (AP) — Several dozen protesters marched through downtown Dallas to protest police violence toward blacks while also paying homage to five police officers slain by a sniper during a July 7 demonstration.

Army report: Grenade found in room of Dallas gunman in 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him.

The Latest: Trump slams Clinton's 'rosy-dory' optimism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race after the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions (all times EDT):

Courts strike blows to GOP voter restrictions in 3 states

CHICAGO (AP) — Courts dealt setbacks on Friday to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas.

Reliance on jailhouse informant dooms Chandra Levy case

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy.