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FILE- In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn. The L.A. Unified's School District police department received a MRAP vehicle like this one through a federal program. School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts across the country participate in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which has come under scrutiny after a militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/The Republican-American, Steven Valenti, File)

School district police stock up free military gear

School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after ...

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A look at key developments in NFL controversies

The NFL is under pressure from sponsors, fans and lawmakers for its handling of domestic violence allegations against several players. At issue is whether the league is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players. Here is a look at key developments Wednesday: VIKINGS: WE MADE A MISTAKE The Minnesota ...

TV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing

A television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to the arrest of her ex-boyfriend, police said Wednesday. Cecilio Cruz was taken into custody early Tuesday in Tucson on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Police in the city of ...

Marina Silva, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party, speaks during an interview with AP in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Silva was thrust into the Socialist Party's presidential nomination when its candidate of choice, Eduardo Campos, died in a plane crash last month. Heading into next month’s vote, Silva is tied in polls with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

AP Interview: Brazil's Silva wants better US ties

Marina Silva, a front-running presidential candidate who grew up in the Amazon jungle and could become the first black to lead Brazil's government, said Wednesday that if elected she'll improve ties with the U.S. and strongly push for human rights in nations like Cuba. She spoke exclusively to The Associated ...

What not to do when installing iOS 8

The rollout for Apple’s iOS 8 has finally come, and early adopters are feverishly downloading the new mobile operating system. If you haven't downloaded it just yet, though, you might want to heed at least this one word of caution.  Several sites are now warning iOS 8 users not to enable Apple’s new iCloud Drive ...

A police officer searches a house in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism  operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Dave Hunt)  AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

15 detained in Australian counterterrorism raids

Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, ...

Japan trade deficit falls to $8.8B as imports ebb

Japan has logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell. The Finance Ministry reported Thursday that exports fell 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 5.71 trillion yen ($53.3 ...

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman discusses voting trends with a class at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Capital Journal, Chris Neal)

Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading. Orman said he has a "very modest" investment in a company with Rajat ...

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory using a radar gun to measure the speed of the lava flow from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the slow-moving lava is expected to bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district. Their work can be dangerous and includes frequent flyovers in a helicopter, navigating precarious terrain and taking careful data measurements ...

In this photo provided by the Tulsa County Jail is Tulsa County sheriff's deputy Gerald Nuckolls. Oklahoma authorities say Nuckolls, 26, was arrested Tuesday and resigned Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2104 after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty. (AP Photo/Tulsa County Jail)

Tulsa deputy resigns after sexual assault arrest

An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty, a case that comes on the heels of a state trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer being arrested on sexual assault complaints. Tulsa County Deputy ...

PA Lottery

These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Wednesday: Big 4 Evening 6-5-2-1 (six, five, two, one) Big 4 Midday 8-4-3-1 (eight, four, three, one) Cash 5 03-05-08-25-40 (three, five, eight, twenty-five, forty) Estimated jackpot: $225,000 Daily Number Evening 3-5-6 (three, five, six) Daily Number Midday 5-6-2 (five, six, two) Mega Millions Estimated ...

Drag queens from left, Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles ...

Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation ...

Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection about an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 ...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Evening' game

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Cash 3 Evening" game were: 8-2-8 (eight, two, eight)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Play 4 Evening' game

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Play 4 Evening" game were: 8-0-7-9 (eight, zero, seven, nine)

Jane Smiley on longlist for National Book Awards

Novels by Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Powers were among the 10 nominees announced Wednesday for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Authors cited range from Pulitzer Prize winners Robinson and Smiley to an Iraq war veteran, Phil Klay, to the leader of the band the Mountain ...

Daredevil Nik Wallenda poses for a portrait on the roof of the Leo Burnett Building in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Wallenda said his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River. Wallenda, 35, will attempt the feat on Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy. Never mind that many historians believe the Windy City nickname was ...

Father: NFL mishandled my daughter's abuse case

The father of a woman who once dated NFL receiver Brandon Marshall called for the league's commissioner to resign Wednesday because he's disappointed in the way his daughter's abuse allegations were handled. Clarence Watley spoke at a news conference about his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, who he said was abused by ...

Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him. Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that ...

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