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After cover-up trial, officer who shot teen to be sentenced

Jan. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald's death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke...

4 Nicaraguan police killed by gang near Costa Rica border

Jan. 18, 2019 12:51 AM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua say four officers have been killed by members of a criminal gang in the country's south near the border with Costa Rica. A statement from the Nicaraguan National Police says officers were attending to an incident in Rio San Juan province when they came under...

Lawyers for man accused in runner slaying withdraw from case

Jan. 18, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run in Massachusetts is getting a new lawyer. A judge approved a motion from the court-appointed defense team for Angelo Colon-Ortiz to withdraw from the case Thursday. Lawyer Louis Aloise...

Man sentenced in fatal stabbing of Morgan Freeman relative

Jan. 17, 2019 10:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter in New York City. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Lamar Davenport stabbed his girlfriend E'Dena Hines multiple times while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in August 2015....

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare...

Jurors convict man in Temple University student slaying

Jan. 17, 2019 7:20 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole Thursday in the slaying of a 22-year-old Temple University student. Jurors convicted Joshua Hupperterz of first-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of Jenna Burleigh. He...

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police...

Judge: New DNA evidence means man is entitled to new trial

Jan. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who has spent more than four decades in prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because new testing found his DNA wasn't on key pieces of evidence, a judge ruled. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976 fatal shooting of...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jan. 17, 2019 4:27 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago police officers have been acquitted of charges that they tried to cover up the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald to protect the officer who pulled the trigger. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson on Thursday acquitted former Officer Joseph Walsh, former...

On day Jayme escaped, suspect sought job _ with dodgy resume

Jan. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an "honest guy" even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience. Jake Patterson is charged in...