Central Florida shootings kill 1, wound 5, including bystanders

A series of shootings Monday in Sanford, Fla., killed at least one person and wounded five others critically, including two children, police said.

Snakes and other reptiles found dead at Zoo Knoxville

Officials say an "environmental cause" appears to be behind the recent deaths of 33 reptiles, nearly all of them snakes, at Zoo Knoxville.

Matthew, Otto being retired as Atlantic tropical storm names

The names Matthew and Otto have been retired for Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes following the deadly 2016 season.

Chicago man arrested with child, gun, marijuana in stroller

A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after police say they found a handgun hidden in a baby stroller alongside a 1-year-old boy.

On Muslims' agenda: Fight US proposals to ban Sharia law

American Muslims complain that bills to prevent the use of Islamic code in courts are frivolous measures meant to spread fears and sow suspicion of Islam.

Police: 1 dead, 5 injured in central Florida shooting

Investigators say one person is dead and five others — including two young children — are being treated for injuries following a shooting in central Florida.

Severe storms in forecast for US much of this week

The springtime severe weather season is ramping up with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes in the forecast nearly every day this week, including in parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee on Monday.

ACLU battles Georgia over toddler's last name of 'Allah'

A civil rights group is suing Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah." The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed the lawsuit recently in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk.

Vets treating dog whose snout was bound with hair tie

Officials say veterinarians are treating a Yorkshire Terrier mix that was dropped off at Florida animal clinic with its mouth bound tightly with an elastic hair tie.

Zoo Knoxville investigates how 33 of its animals turned up dead

Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened.

Poisoned hot dogs making pets sick, Wisconsin police warn

Somebody has been dropping hot dogs with a poisonous substance inside, which has made dogs sick in a western Wisconsin town, police announced, urging people to be on the lookout for a possible suspect.

Oklahoma officer dies after shootout

Police say a 22-year-old Oklahoma officer has died after a shootout during a traffic stop.

Iowa State class assignment: Imagine 9/11 from terrorist's perspective

'Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network,' the project rundown stated.

5 Things to Start Your Week

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Oklahoma officer critically hurt in traffic-stop shooting

Authorities say an Oklahoma police officer is in critical condition after he was shot during a traffic stop.

The Latest: Multiple rounds of severe storms in US forecast

The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the United States (all times local): 7:05 a.m.

Dad of boy hit by car didn't condone driver's fatal shooting

The father of a 4-year-old boy hit by a vehicle in Cincinnati says he doesn't condone the subsequent slaying of the driver and is sorry for the man's family.

The Latest: 5 still in hospital from Ohio nightclub shooting

The Latest on the nightclub shooting in Cincinnati (all times local): 7:05 a.m.

Morning brief: Kushner to lead White House office of American Innovation

The Trump administration will announce the establishment of the White House office of American Innovation on Monday. Trump will tap his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to lead the office charged with coming up with fresh ideas to eliminate “government stagnation.” The office will reportedly be filled by former business executives.

California slaying victims are mom, 2 kids and another woman

The four people killed last week in a quiet Northern California neighborhood include a woman and her two children, authorities said.

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