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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, detainees wait in a cell for an appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. In November 2020, California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the famously progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown that critics say are too favorable to criminals, while Proposition 25 could overturn a 2018 law that eliminates cash bail. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California voters to review criminal justice, bail reforms

Oct. 1, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the last administration of...

Suspect sought in mall shooting that wounded 1

Oct. 1, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting at a Tennessee mall that wounded one man, authorities said. The shooting happened Wednesday evening inside Opry Mills mall as two groups of people approached each other, Nashville police said in a tweet. Officials called the shooting...

Man who beat motel owner sentenced to psychiatric hospital

Oct. 1, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A La Pine man has been sentenced to 20 years in the state psychiatric hospital for brutally beating a 70-year-old woman in a racist attack last year. The Bulletin reports James Lamb Jr. was one of the first people in Oregon charged under a new hate crime law for seriously injuring the...

Shooting survivors Sabrina Mercadante, left, and Tiffany Reardon pose in the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. The Route 91 Harvest music festival was for years a highlight for their friend group, when Reardon, Mercadante and several others would book hotel rooms on the Strip for the long weekend even though they live in Henderson, Nev. On Oct. 1, 2017, 58 people around them were shot and killed at the country music festival at a venue across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay resort. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

'Guardian angels' bound by tragedy of Vegas concert shooting

Oct. 1, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Route 91 Harvest music festival was for years a highlight for their friend group, when Tiffany Reardon, Sabrina Mercadante and several others would book hotel rooms on the Strip for the long weekend even though they live in Henderson. It coincided with Mercadante’s birthday, so...

NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse lawsuits

Oct. 1, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs has become the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members. The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the U.S. are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to the Philadelphia-based CHILD USA think tank’s 2018-2020 investigation of policies in all 32 archdioceses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Report finds flaws in Catholic Church abuse-prevention plans

Oct. 1, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the United States are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to a think tank’s two-year investigation encompassing all 32 of the country's archdioceses. The analysis by...

FILE - In this March 23, 2001, file photo, Gregory McKnight, 24, is comforted by his attorney in Vinton County Common Pleas Court in McArthur, Ohio, after he was indicted. Lawyers for McKnight, an Ohio death row inmate who is Black, are seeking a new trial based on allegations of racial slurs used during jury deliberations over the inmate's fate. McKnight was sentenced to death almost 20 years ago for the 1999 kidnapping and slaying of a white female college student. (AP Photo/Bill Graham, File)

Ohio killer alleging racism-tainted jury seeks new trial

Oct. 1, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death row inmate who is Black deserves a new trial based on allegations that some white jurors used racial slurs in describing him during their deliberations over his fate, according to arguments before a state appeals court. Defendant Gregory McKnight was sentenced to death...

Brother of suspect in police shooting charged with gun crime

Oct. 1, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 17-year-old brother of the teenager suspected of fatally shooting Lincoln Police Investigator Mario Herrera is now facing a gun-related charge. Angel Mendoza is the brother of Felipe Vazquez, also 17, who is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes. Herrera was shot Aug....

Police: Convenience store clerk fatally shot in Maryland

Oct. 1, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

WALDORF, Md. (AP) — A reward of up to $11,000 is being offered after a convenience store clerk was fatally shot in southern Maryland. The Washington Post reports that the female clerk was killed early Thursday at a a 7-Eleven store in Waldorf.. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office said in a...

Young woman shot near Edmonds market dies

Oct. 1, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A 20-year-old Mountlake Terrace woman has died after someone shot her outside an Edmonds market in an incident that also wounded two others Tuesday afternoon. The woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were shot just before 3:30 p.m. at the Boo Han market, located in a...