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Illinois man convicted in 2018 booby trap shotgun slaying

Sep. 13, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter. A Union County jury convicted William Wasmund, 48, Thursday of both first-degree murder and...

Daughters dispute Pat Bowlen's trust, risking disinheritance

Sep. 13, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen's two oldest daughters have put themselves at risk of being disinherited by challenging their late father's trust, which is in charge of selecting the next controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, a franchise valued at more than $2.5 billion. Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer...

Young Ohio mother acquitted of killing newborn

Sep. 12, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A young Ohio mother who prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard just days after her senior prom so that she could keep her "perfect life" was acquitted of murder Thursday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, began shaking and sobbing while a judge read the...

2 charged say they were hired to break into Iowa courthouse

Sep. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Two men arrested on suspicion of breaking into a central Iowa courthouse say they were hired to test the building's alarm system. The Des Moines Register reports 29-year-old Justin Wynn of Naples, Florida, and 43-year-old Gary Demercurio of Seattle were found in the Dallas County...

Retrial ordered in bias case against Keller restaurant group

Sep. 11, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge has ordered a retrial in a pregnancy discrimination case brought against the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. The celebrated chef and his acclaimed restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — were cleared of wrongdoing by a...

Indiana judge pleads guilty in fight that led to shooting

Sep. 9, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana judge pleaded guilty Monday to a battery charge stemming from a fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant during which he and another judge were shot and wounded. Clark County Circuit Judge Andrew Adams pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor battery charge in a...

State high court sides with DA in spat over parade arrests

Sep. 9, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has sided with Boston's district attorney in a dispute over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a "straight pride" parade over Labor Day weekend. State Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank Gaziano, in a single-justice ruling issued Monday, said...

Mexicans march to demand safety and justice for women

Sep. 8, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently in Mexico's capital Sunday to urge justice for women who suffer violence in one of the most dangerous countries to be female, victims who include students murdered by rejected suitors, girls raped before they reach puberty and single mothers who...

$250 fine for white woman who brandished gun at black couple

Aug. 30, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A white Mississippi woman who brandished a handgun at an African American couple while telling them to leave a campground has been convicted of a misdemeanor and fined $250. Local news outlets report 70-year-old Ruby Nell Howell of Starkville was found guilty Tuesday in Oktibbeha...

Parents, county clash in court over Parkland shootings

Aug. 28, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Parents whose children were killed or wounded during last year's Parkland high school massacre asked the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that each pull of the trigger was a separate occurrence for which the Broward County School Board should be held liable. But a lawyer...