• Grand jury to hear case of tree fire at Toomer’s Corner

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Grand jurors will consider additional charges against a man arrested following a fire that an expert says probably killed one of the new oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn.

  • Correction: Pipeline Protest-Journalists story

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In a story Oct. 19 about North Dakota authorities investigating the alleged harassment of journalists at a Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment, The Associated Press improperly punctuated filmmaker Phelim McAleer’s last name. It is McAleer, not Mcaleer.

  • NBA star Derrick Rose smiles as he leaves federal court in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Jurors cleared Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Derrick Rose wins big off the court, cleared in rape lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Derrick Rose is at a crossroads in his basketball career and one of the biggest moments in what could be a make-or-break year for the former NBA MVP didn’t happen on the court.

  • Ex-NFL star’s co-defendants face sentences in drug-rape case

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The two co-defendants in the drug and rape case that brought down one-time NFL star Darren Sharper were formally sentenced Thursday to lengthy prison terms — after hearing blistering condemnations from two of their victims in open court.

  • Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary, right, leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The trial for McQueary's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State over how it treated him for complaining about assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy got underway with opening arguments on Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Ex-Penn State athletic director denies claims in lawsuit

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators.

  • The apartment building in New York where authorities say a New York City police officer shot and killed an emotionally disturbed, woman wielding scissors and a baseball bat is shown on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Investigators want to know why the officer didn't use his stun gun instead. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    NYC mayor: Police shooting of woman, 66, was ‘unacceptable’

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor castigated a police sergeant Wednesday for fatally shooting a mentally ill, 66-year-old woman brandishing a baseball bat, saying her “tragic” and “unacceptable” death resulted from failure to follow basic policies.

  • Baylor under investigation for alleged Title IX violations

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University is under federal investigation after its former coordinator responsible for preventing gender discrimination filed a complaint over sexual violence on the university’s Waco campus, a federal agency spokeswoman said Wednesday.

  • Stan Patz, father of Etan Patz, who went missing in 1979, and Assistant District Attorney Penelope Brady, arrive for the retrial of Pedro Hernandez, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Retrial opens in influential missing-child case of Etan Patz

    NEW YORK (AP) — Revisiting a crime that shattered a bygone era’s sense of safety, prosecutors on Wednesday launched their second bid for a conviction in one of the nation’s most influential missing-child cases, the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

  • Georgia preparing to execute man who killed Atlanta officer

    ATLANTA (AP) — A man convicted of killing an Atlanta police officer and wounding a second officer with an AR-15 rifle is scheduled to be the seventh person executed by the state this year.

  • Man accused of running Roswell meth ring pleads guilty

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of being the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization in Roswell has pleaded guilty.