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Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Florida man guilty of killing his mother sentenced to life

Aug. 21, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who was found guilty of killing his mother has been sentenced to life in prison. News outlets report 33-year-old Yuzo Nishi was sentenced Tuesday in the 2016 death of 51-year-old Maria Bertalmio. Nishi was found guilty in June of second-degree murder. A Collier County...

Arms dealer gets 30-year term in plot to buy, sell missiles

Aug. 20, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A black-market arms dealer convicted of trying to buy anti-aircraft missiles and sell them to clients in the Middle East has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Rami Asad-Ghanem was found guilty last November of conspiracy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the 53-year-old...

Coroner: Mastermind of largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history dies by suicide, days after sentenced to prison

Aug. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Coroner: Mastermind of largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history dies by suicide, days after sentenced to prison.

Cameroon tribunal sentences separatist leader to life

Aug. 20, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A Cameroon military tribunal sentenced to life in prison a leader of the country's English-speaking separatist movement and 9 supporters on Tuesday, after finding them guilty of charges including secession, terrorism and hostility against the state. The tribunal sentenced Julius...

Correction: Missing Chinese Scholar story

Aug. 20, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about reward money in the case of a slain University of Illinois scholar from China, The Associated Press in one instance misspelled the last name of the man convicted of killing the woman. His name is Brendt Christensen, not Brendt Christenen. A corrected version...

California smuggler of erectile dysfunction drug gets prison

Aug. 20, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who smuggled $11 million worth of erectile dysfunction drugs into the U.S. from China has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for conspiracy and smuggling contraband. Prosecutors say the drugs sold by 41-year-old John Lee of Walnut were...

Woman pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl

Aug. 20, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to distributing fentanyl as part of a seven-defendant narcotics case. Court documents say 29-year-old Karina Reyes, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, lived with a drug trafficker and sometimes provided translation services for him...

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. The...