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Florida set to execute serial killer who preyed on gay men

Aug. 22, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast a quarter century ago is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, is set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Stark....

Oregon man sentenced to prison for birthday party shooting

Aug. 22, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to prison for shooting two men because of noisy children at a birthday party. KPTV-TV reported Wednesday that Franklin L. Tomes was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison. Tomes pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder....

Today in History

Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2019. There are 131 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup. On this date:...

Baltimore teen gets life in prison in police officer slaying

Aug. 21, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore teenager was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, more than a year after he accelerated a stolen Jeep and fatally struck a Maryland police officer in a suburban cul-de-sac. Dawnta Harris, 17, was tried as an adult earlier this year and convicted of felony murder in the...

Detectives: 1994 technology slowed search for serial killer

Aug. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't hard for Daytona Beach police to figure out who killed John Hardy Roberts in March 1994: Gary Ray Bowles left a probation document at the scene and also was caught on an ATM camera trying to withdraw money from Roberts' account. He later confessed. What proved more...

Arkansas man gets life in prison for death of estranged wife

Aug. 21, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty Tuesday to capital murder for the stabbing death of his estranged wife. Prosecutors say 44-year-old Rick Headley went to a store on March 13, 2018, in Mountain Home where his estranged wife,...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 21, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Aug. 21, on Malheur County counsel calling for investigation into reporters' actions: Usually, when public officials don't want to answer a reporter's questions, they respond with "no comment." In Malheur County, however, they're trying...

Infamous counterfeiter sentenced to federal prison

Aug. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaims himself the "world's greatest counterfeiter" is heading to federal prison. The Providence Journal reports that 77-year-old Pawtucket resident Louis Colavecchio was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Wednesday for producing counterfeit $100...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

New trial for man begins in wife's death

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Keizer man is in court again for a new trial in the fatal shooting of his wife at their home in 2011. The Statesman Journal reports the trial of Peter Zielinski began Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Zielinski pleaded guilty in 2013 to killing 38-year-old Lisa Zielinski. He was...