• In this Nov. 17, 2015 file photo, former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen, right, is interviewed by Matt Lauer, on NBC's "Today" in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California - despite its many liberal policies - remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and long overdue for revision.    (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP, File)

    HIV now treatable but most states keep laws criminalizing it

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Sheen’s recent revelation that he’s HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and that the U.S. Justice Department says should be revised.

  • People warm themselves as they demonstrate since the Nov. 10 shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, in front of the Minneapolis Police 4th Precinct on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Minneapolis police were searching Tuesday for three white males suspected of shooting at five Black Lives Matter demonstrators, while the family of a black man who was fatally shot by a city police officer called for the dayslong protests outside of the police precinct to end. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

    Minneapolis police arrest 2 men in shooting near protest

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t seem right.

  • In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

    Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.

  • Soldiers patrol at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Paris attackers exploited intelligence gaps that remain open

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris attackers exploited intelligence holes from France to Syria, authorities say, taking advantage of mistrust between European governments, France’s overwhelmed security services and the collapse of authority across the war zone contested by the Islamic State group.

  • Former state worker pleads guilty in food stamp fraud case

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Human Services Department worker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program.

  • New Mexico will temporarily lock down state prisons

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s 11 state-run prisons will be on lockdown for a few days while staff member search for banned items.

  • Jury convicts Oklahoma man for defrauding Broyles Foundation

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an Oklahoma man for defrauding the charitable foundation run by former University of Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles.

  • Aberdeen schools settle lawsuit with former basketball coach

    ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — Former Aberdeen High School basketball coach Roy Hazzle accepted $15,000 to settle his discrimination lawsuit against the Aberdeen School District.

  • Review board says cops had no right to arrest NBA player

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks’ player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH’-boh sehf-ah-LOH’-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.

  • In this Oct. 3, 2015 photo, a dead spider hangs from its web on the side of a road leading to Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, near the site where taco vendor Carlos Sanchez was last seen, before he was kidnapped by state police along with his wife, sister, and his cousin. The 36-year-old taco vendor, accused of horse stealing, was tortured and beaten to death. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    In Mexico, fear as victims vanish at hands of police

    TELOLOAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Carlos Sanchez lay in the backseat of a Honda sedan with his head in his wife’s lap, an oxygen tube in his nose, IV in his arm and three bullets in his body. The 36-year-old taco vendor cried out in pain at every bump on the pitch-dark highway to the city of Iguala.