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Totenberg Stradivarius reborn 4 decades after theft

Nov. 16, 2019 11:19 PM EST

A Stradivarius violin stolen four decades ago from the virtuoso Roman Totenberg and returned to his family by a federal prosecutor came alive again — at the crime scene. Nineteen-year-old star violinist Nathan Meltzer revived the prized instrument of the late Polish-born musician on Friday evening at a...

US: Detective broke ranks, helped expose brutality cover up

Nov. 14, 2019 9:14 PM EST

For more than a year after a Long Island police chief slugged a handcuffed man who stole sex toys and other items from his department SUV, federal investigators found themselves up against a blue wall of silence - unable to get anyone beside the victim to say what happened. Then, a detective who was in the room...

Men with hammers rob jewelry store during business hours

Nov. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say that two men armed with hammers robbed a Pennsylvania jewelry store while employees were helping customers that included young children. KDKA-TV reports employees told police the men went into Kay Jewelers at the Tanger Outlets on Wednesday evening. They told everyone to...

Teen accused of killing Virginia man, wounding man’s wife

Nov. 14, 2019 7:26 AM EST

LOUISA, Va. (AP) — A 16-year-old is accused of breaking into a Virginia home, killing an 82-year-old man and wounding his 73-year-old wife in order to steal the couple’s car to visit his girlfriend. News outlets report the teen appeared in court Wednesday via video. He was arrested Tuesday on...

Gunman opens fire on carful of people after robbery attempt

Nov. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EST

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a group of motorists fired upon after leaving a metro Atlanta freeway made up a story about how road rage led to the gunfire. Police initially said road rage that began on the freeway Tuesday night led a gunman to open fire into a carload of five people after they turned onto...

Chinese citizen pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

Nov. 13, 2019 12:30 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Chinese national employed by a U.S. petroleum company has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing trade secrets from his employer. Authorities say 35-year-old Hongjin Tan pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa to theft of a trade secret,...

Man gets 15 years for dragging worker by hair, stealing safe

Nov. 13, 2019 8:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 39-time convicted felon racked up six more felony convictions Tuesday for dragging a Southeast Portland BottleDrop employee by the hair to a back office and then fleeing with a safe containing thousands of dollars. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 47-year-old Gerald Greenwood Jr....

Baltimore police release video in armed man's fatal shooting

Nov. 13, 2019 7:06 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have released body camera and surveillance video showing a robbery suspect in a struggle with two officers before he was fatally shot. News outlets report the video released Tuesday shows the moments leading up to the shooting Oct. 30 that killed 24-year-old John Feggins....

Man locked up 11 years for robberies he didn't do walks free

Nov. 12, 2019 10:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who spent 11 years in prison for a series of Los Angeles armed robberies he didn't commit was exonerated Tuesday after prosecutors agreed he had been wrongly convicted. A courtroom full of family members and friends erupted in applause as Ruben Martinez Jr. was found innocent and...

Powerful ex-prosecutor on trial for police beating cover-up

Nov. 12, 2019 8:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful former prosecutor in the New York suburbs is going on trial this week for allegedly helping cover for a former protege who, as police chief, punched a handcuffed man suspected of stealing embarrassing items from his police department SUV, including sex toys and pornography....