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Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

Jan. 25, 2020 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers plunged into his impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump's dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to...

Convicted rapist gets lengthy sentence after 2nd conviction

Jan. 25, 2020 10:49 AM EST

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man already serving prison time for one rape conviction has been sentenced to another nine to 13 1/2 years behind bars after being convicted of raping a second victim. Arthur Salsbury Jr., 43, of Ware, was sentenced Friday, a week after he was found guilty of...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Dems say oust Trump or he'll betray again; 'He is who he is'

Jan. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They then implored Republican senators to allow...

Speaking to reporters, Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, attacks the Democrat's arguments in the impeachment trial of the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate floor belongs to Trump team as defense case opens

Jan. 25, 2020 12:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The floor of the U.S. Senate now belongs to President Donald Trump's lawyers as they push the Republican-led chamber for an acquittal on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress. The president's attorneys will begin their arguments Saturday in the impeachment trial and are...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Jamal Bennett. The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out Bennet's murder conviction, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a

Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

Florida death penalty experts concerned about court ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 5:05 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Supreme Court decision involving the death penalty has thrown between 100 to 150 cases into legal limbo, experts say. On Thursday, the court said it erred in 2016 when it ruled a jury must be unanimous in deciding a defendant convicted of murder should be sentenced to...

Irish judge: Suspect in migrant truck deaths should go to UK

Jan. 24, 2020 7:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — An Irish judge ruled Friday that a truck driver wanted over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated container near London can be extradited from Ireland to the U.K. At Dublin's High Court, Judge Donald Binchy said 23-year-old Eamonn Harrison should be sent to Britain to...

FILE - This undated image provided by the FBI in a U.S. District Court filing in Washington on Feb. 29, 2019, shows Mustafa al-Imam after his capture in October 2017.  A federal judge has sentenced Mustafa al-Imam to 19 years in federal prison for helping to plan the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. The sentence came several months after a federal jury in Washington  convicted Mustafa al-Imam of supporting the extremist militia that launched the fiery assaults on the U.S. compounds. (FBI via AP)

Militant sentenced to 19 years for role in Benghazi attacks

Jan. 24, 2020 12:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Libyan militant to more than 19 years in prison for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. A jury convicted Mustafa al-Imam last year of conspiring to support the extremist militia that...

El Salvador holds man on charge of promoting migrant caravan

Jan. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador ordered a man held in jail Thursday pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan. Prosecutors filed immigrant human-trafficking charges against Raúl Antonio Ventura for sending...

Son of ex-US Rep. Christopher Collins spared prison

Jan. 23, 2020 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered 27-year-old Cameron Collins to serve 500 hours of community service over the next five...