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Wis. governor not target of special investigation, lawyer says

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was not a target of an investigation into possible illegal coordination between his campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012, a lawyer for the prosecutor leading the investigation said on Thursday. Randall Crocker, an attorney representing special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, said Thursday that documents released publicly last week outlined the prosecutor's legal theory of the investigation and did not establish the existence of a crime. A federal judge halted the investigation in response to a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Club for Growth that accuses prosecutors of violating their free-speech rights. "At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation," Crocker said in the statement.

Rebekah Brooks 'vindicated' by hacking acquittal

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said Thursday she is innocent of phone hacking and other crimes and feels vindicated by a jury's unanimous decision to acquit her.

‘We never saw it coming,’ father of Isla Vista shooter says

The father of a man who killed six people in a California college town said in a television interview that his son's rampage came as a surprise, despite contentions by some victims' families that the attack might have been prevented. Peter Rodger, a Hollywood film director, told Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on ABC's "20/20" that prior to the shooting he did not believe his son, Elliott, 22, could "hurt a flea." Elliot Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment in the town of Isla Vista on May 23 before fatally shooting three more people near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Activist's slaying in Benghazi leaves many Libyans stunned

A prominent Libyan activist who had become an international face of her strife-torn country's efforts to build a democracy was assassinated by gunmen who stormed her home in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, police said.

Iraqi parliament to meet in step to form new govt

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's vice president called on parliament to convene on Tuesday, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency while Britain's top diplomat started an official visit to the country to urge the country's leaders to put their differences aside for the good of the nation.

Ukraine calls on Russia to support peace plan

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called on Russia to support his peace plan "with deeds, not words" as a weeklong cease-fire between government troops and pro-Russian rebels is set to expire late Friday.

Sex abuse report: Late BBC host 'interfered with dead bodies'

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abused vulnerable patients in scores of British hospitals over decades and claimed to have performed sex acts on dead bodies, investigators said on Thursday. Savile, one of the biggest TV stars in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, abused girls, boys, men and women aged from five to 75 as he enjoyed unrestricted access throughout state-run National Health Service (NHS) institutions, they found. Witnesses told investigators that Savile also claimed to have performed sex acts on bodies at the same hospital's mortuary, and even bragged about having jewellery that he had had made from glass eyes taken from the deceased.

Will San Francisco break the fall of Golden Gate Bridge jumpers?

For decades, people have been jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge. But a historic vote this week may finally lead to the installation of a suicide barrier. But for the leading advocate of the barrier, it's a move that comes tragically too late.

FAA eyes lower building height limit near airports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Maguire was a CIA officer in Beirut in the late 1980s during that country's bloody civil war, he spent weeks living in safe houses far from the U.S. Embassy, dodging militants who wanted to kidnap and kill Americans.