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Massachusetts' ban on vaping product sales allowed to stand

Oct. 21, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A state judge on Monday allowed Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to remain in effect but said Gov. Charlie Baker had failed to follow required procedures in enacting the measure. Immediately lifting the ban as requested by the vaping industry "would contravene...

Inmate convicted of murder in deadly prison breakout attempt

Oct. 21, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate could get the death penalty after a jury found him guilty of murdering four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. News outlets reported Monday that jurors spent less than an hour before convicting Mikel Brady in the state's deadliest...

Court upholds dismissal of indictment in couple's killing

Oct. 21, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a man accused of killing a couple who answered his Craigslist ad because some jurors in the case were not selected randomly. Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns was indicted on charges including murder in the...

Hondurans call for president to step down after drug verdict

Oct. 19, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition groups called Saturday for more protests to demand that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández be removed from office after his younger brother was convicted of drug trafficking in a New York court. Thousands of Hondurans protested into the early hours of the...

Law stopping Florida felons from voting temporarily halted

Oct. 19, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

A federal judge issued a ruling Friday temporarily blocking a Republican-backed Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could pave the way for thousands of felons who were denied the right to...

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Oct. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in...

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squalid New Mexico compound. In his order, Chief U.S. District...

The Latest: Jury recommends death for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 18, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a jury's sentencing recommendation for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" in California. (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A Los Angeles jury has recommended the death sentence for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer." One victim of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo was...

Jury recommends death penalty for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" after he was found guilty of two murders and an attempted murder. The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, included 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had...

Ex-officer who killed black man given 1-year prison sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man was sentenced to one year in prison Friday, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett in...