• 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.

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper awaits sentence in rape cases

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has a sentencing hearing in federal court Thursday following an earlier multi-jurisdiction plea deal related to allegations he drugged and raped as many as 16 women in four states.

  • Crosby, Miss., Mayor William Hall sits on the steps of his flooded house on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.  (Ernest Herndon/The Enterprise-Journal via AP)

    Housing questions come in wake of Louisiana flooding

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Keisha Taylor, a 37-year-old mother of four, has spent three nights in two different shelters since her family fled the flooding at their Baton Rouge apartment complex. She doesn’t know how much longer they will be sleeping on cots inside the downtown arena where hundreds sought shelter.

  • In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nate Parker arrives at the Sundance "Night Before Next" benefit in Los Angeles. The upcoming film, “The Birth of a Nation,” co-written, directed and starring Parker, has been celebrated as an urgent film for both an America roiled by protest over racial equality, and for Hollywood, which is still dealing with a diversity crisis. But the newfound attention on Parker has dredged up a rape allegation made against him in 1999 when he was a student and wrestler at Penn State University. Parker was acquitted in the case. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

    Resurrected rape allegations derail an Oscar favorite

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Festival fever” is the name the film industry gives to the inflated reception a movie can experience at a festival, where exuberant audiences and the competition of negotiations can ratchet up a film’s hype and price tag. But what can appear a surefire hit in the mountains of Sundance can turn into an expensive headache on the way to theaters.

  • Police: Suspect who reached for deputy’s gun fatally shot

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a suspect who tried to grab the deputy’s gun inside a cruiser.

  • Grizzlies hire Bender assistant coach, Thate shooting coach

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Bob Bender as an assistant coach and Bob Thate as a shooting coach on David Fizdale’s staff.

  • This photo provided by the Richmond Police Department Public Affairs shows Dibon Jab Toone. Greenville, N.C.,  Police Chief Mark Holtzman said at a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, that 39-year-old Toone has been charged with killing a North Carolina woman and he will be charged with the children's deaths as well. (Richmond Police Department Public Affairs via AP)

    Man accused of killing mother, 3 children in North Carolina

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man killed his two young daughters, their sister and their mother before fleeing to Virginia — just weeks after he was forced to get psychiatric help because of a suicide attempt, authorities said Wednesday.