• Mother of 5 slain kids: SC agency could have stopped deaths

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mother of five South Carolina children who police say were killed by their father in 2014 says the state’s social services agency knew the father was a threat and did nothing to stop him.

  • Judge rejects Cosby’s bid to dismiss underage sex abuse case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has rejected a bid to dismiss an infliction of emotional distress claim filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who says the comedian sexually abused her when she was underage.

  • In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges in his hush-money case in Chicago. Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    Details of sex abuse could mean prison time for Hastert

    CHICAGO (AP) — When Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty last year to breaking banking laws, sentencing guidelines suggested that the former House speaker would probably serve no more than six months in prison for making illegal withdrawals to conceal a dark secret from his past.

  • Security at Nashville bus terminal increased after 4 shot

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police are increasing security at a downtown bus terminal in the aftermath of shootings that wounded four teenage boys.

  • In this Friday, April 22, 2016 file photo, authorities set up road blocks at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Route 32 at the perimeter of a crime scene, in Pike County, Ohio. As the investigation into the killings of eight family members in rural Ohio enters its fifth day, more details are being released. Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk told The Columbus Dispatch Monday, April 25, 2016, that the marijuana operations discovered at three of the four crime scenes included a grow-house sheltering hundreds of plants.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    Dad of Ohio victim notes that killer was able to get by dogs

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A coroner’s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved.

  • In this April 14, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, left, sits with Colleen Crowley during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, on misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    News Guide: Attorney says Manziel to be indicted in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel was indicted Tuesday on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend during a night out in January.

  • In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of Tamir Rice. The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement Monday, April 25, 2016, in a lawsuit over the death of Rice, a black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Union: Tamir Rice settlement money should help educate kids

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of a Cleveland police union said the family of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the dangers of handling real and replica firearms, while an attorney representing the boy’s family blasted the comments.

  • Bangladeshi Muslims carry the body of Xulhaz Mannan who was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants for his funeral in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The banned group Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida on the Indian subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the killings of gay rights activist Mannan and his friend in the capital, Dhaka. (AP Photo)

    Bangladesh vows justice in killing of gay activist, friend

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

  • In this Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game in Seattle. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, on misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

    Johnny Manziel assault indictment could come Tuesday

    DALLAS (AP) — An attorney for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel calls the indictment against him “incredible” and said Tuesday that the way it’s been handled so far suggests there are problems with the case.

  • In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. A judge has dismissed a criminal case against Merritt, who had been accused of carrying out freeway shootings in Phoenix last summer that put drivers on edge. The ruling came Monday, April 25, after prosecutors had asked for charges against Merritt to be dismissed amid undisclosed questions about evidence. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

    No regrets expressed by officials in dismissed freeway case

    PHOENIX (AP) — There was a stark difference between the beginning and end of the criminal case against a man accused in a string of freeway shootings in Phoenix that sent a metro area into a frenzy as drivers feared they would be fired at on the interstate.