• Investigation: High school team had ‘culture of hazing’

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation finds a Tennessee high school basketball program had a “culture of hazing” even before three of its players were charged with the rape of a freshman teammate.

  • In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Mexican state police stand guard near the entrance of Rancho del Sol, where a shootout with the authorities and suspected criminals happened near Vista Hermosa, Mexico. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police during the event. Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said their investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz, File)

    Mexico’s rights agency says police killed 22 at ranch

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal police killed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico’s human rights commission said Thursday.

  • Amanda Burge looks at flood damage with two of her three children Aiden, right, and Hudson, left, at her home in Denham Springs, La., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. "Everything is gone. School is gone. Home is gone. Church is gone," said Burge, president of the Parent Teacher Organization at Denham Springs Elementary School. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)

    Baton Rouge’s summer of grief: Shootings, unrest, now floods

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Michelle Parrott’s children hear thunder when there is no storm. When rain does fall, they ask their mother if the floodwaters are rising again.

  • Rosalyn Scott hugs a community member as people aid in cleaning after flooding Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Crosby, Miss. Mississippi officials say heavy rains last week and through the weekend damaged roads in six counties in the southern part of the state. (Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

    Baton Rouge’s summer of pain: Shootings, unrest, now floods

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anger. Sorrow. Vengeful glee. Guilt. Terrence Carter has experienced it all during Baton Rouge’s summer of pain. And on Thursday, as he walked through the dirty water on the floor of his home, Carter said he was experiencing, of all things, hope.

  • Governor pledges $1M for sexual assault victims in Baltimore

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging at least $1 million in grants to help groups that serve victims of sexual assault in Baltimore after the Justice Department found the police department’s responses to sexual assault “grossly inadequate.”

  • Cops: Inmate who threatened Justin Bieber made anthrax hoax

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont inmate who once hatched a plot in a New Mexico prison to kill pop singer Justin Bieber was behind an anthrax scare at a courthouse where he was sentenced for killing a 15-year-old girl, police said Thursday.

  • In this April 13, 2016, file photo, Eddie Johnson, left, speaks after being sworn in as the new Chicago police superintendent in Chicago. Superintendent Johnson says he will recommend the firing of seven officers involved in the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday Aug. 18, 2016 he was accepting the recommendations of the city's inspector general who concluded that the officers filed false police reports. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Chicago police recommend firing of 7 cops for false reports

    CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, the police superintendent said Thursday, in a move aimed at repairing the reputation of a department dogged by decades of cover-ups and scandal.

  • In this March 23, 2015, file photo, former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine, right, appear in Los Angeles Superior Court. Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File)

    Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper arrives in court for sentencing

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them — double the sentence recommended by prosecutors.

  • Police prepare to close a park in Milwaukee, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Following a night of violence that left half a dozen businesses in flames, the Milwaukee police chief expressed surprise at the level of unrest that erupted after the fatal shooting Saturday of a black man by a black officer. "This was, quite frankly, unanticipated," Chief Edward Flynn said Monday, two days after the worst of the rioting hit the Sherman Park neighborhood on the city's economically depressed and largely black north side. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Officer in Milwaukee shooting joined force as teenage aide

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dominique Heaggan attended grade school in Milwaukee and joined the city’s police force as a teenage aide through a program that aims to recruit young people into law enforcement, including minorities.

  • In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Syrian prisoners sit in a courtroom before their release in Damascus, Syria. The Amnesty report highlights new statistics from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, or HRDAG, an organization that uses scientific approaches to analyze human rights violations, which indicate that 17,723 people died in custody across Syria between March 2011 and the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

    Rights group: More than 17,000 killed in Syrian state jails

    BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian activist was beaten, prevented from going to the toilet and saw her cellmates taken for rounds of whipping when she was held for more than a month in several government detention facilities.