Houston top cop: Videotaped beating was sickening

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s police chief says the 2010 videotaped beating of a black teenage burglary suspect made him “sick to my stomach” and gave the department a “black eye.” Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. told jurors Tuesday…

NC governor urges end to weekly NAACP protests

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican governor and a Democratic prosecutor are both urging an end to the near-weekly demonstrations inside the state legislative building organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Gov.…

Ga. jazz musician Ben Tucker killed in car crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Musician Ben Tucker performed with stars from Quincy Jones to Peggy Lee before he settled in the 1970s in Savannah, where the jazz bassist became one of the city’s best-known working musicians. He was…

Ga. jazz musician Ben Tucker killed in car crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Savannah jazz musician who played with some of the biggest names in the business has been killed in car accident. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police spokesman Julian Miller says 82-year-old Ben Tucker was…

Army generals deny outside pressure in sex case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A pair of U.S. Army generals say they experienced no improper pressure from their superiors to pursue criminal charges against another general facing sexual assault allegations. Gen. Dan Allyn and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey…

Top Dem: Let ambassador testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Oversight panel says retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering made clear in a closed-door deposition that his investigation of last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, was thorough. Rep. Elijah Cummings of…

Ohio St. president retiring after jabs at Notre Dame

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University Gordon Gee (GHEE’) is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference. The university announced today that Gee is retiring…

EPA: Spend billions to upgrade aging water systems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says nearly $400 billion in infrastructure spending is needed over the next two decades to ensure that Americans continue to have safe drinking water. The agency says that thousands of miles…

Review: Firing of ex-LAPD officer Dorner justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that rogue ex-officer Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired, a lawyer who reviewed the findings told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Civil rights attorney Connie…

Obama, Xi to talk cybersecurity, other issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cybersecurity issues top the agenda for President Barack Obama’s weekend meeting in California with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng), but officials say China’s human rights record and the civil war in Syria also are…

ITC rules for Samsung, bans iPhone 4 imports

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. trade agency says it is banning imports of Apple’s iPhone 4 after finding the device violates a patent held by rival Samsung Electronics. Because the phone is assembled in China, the import…

House passes measure boosting veterans’ programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is advancing the first of 12 spending bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1, a popular measure providing more money for veterans’ programs, including health care. The boost for veterans comes…

Obama visits wounded service members at hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama has visited wounded service members at a military hospital just outside of the nation’s capital. Obama traveled Tuesday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to meet with…

Govt: Followed all procedures in AP subpoena fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has told Congress that the department acted properly and followed all legal procedures correctly in subpoenaing phone records of The Associated Press during a leak investigation. At the same time, Attorney General…