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California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

May. 24, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and other social media companies can be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday. The state Supreme Court's ruling gives an opening to defense lawyers whose requests for information...

Trial underway for refugee who challenged NSA surveillance

May. 24, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A refugee from Uzbekistan conspired to support a terrorist group financially and planned to travel overseas to join them, U.S. prosecutors said Thursday, walking jurors through a trove of phone calls, emails and other online activity they said proves the man's desire to help the group. The...

The Latest: Court says defendants could get Facebook info

May. 24, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California high court's decision on social media access for criminal defendants (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The California Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook and other social media companies could be required to turn over user content that is public to criminal...

Turkish trial against Australian IS suspect postponed

May. 24, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court has postponed an extradition case against an Australian Islamic State suspect pending the result of a Turkish terror-related investigation. Australia is seeking to extradite suspected IS recruiter Neil Prakash, who has been in Turkish custody since 2016. The former...

49ers' Foster won't stand trial on domestic violence charges

May. 23, 2018 11:18 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend. Judge Nona Klippen said prosecutors didn't meet the...

Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal

May. 23, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal Wednesday from a 37-year-old Rio Grande Valley man on death row for stabbing and beheading his common-law wife's three children 15 years ago. John Allen Rubio's appeals lawyer argued unsuccessfully that Rubio's attorneys at his 2010...

Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

May. 23, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A convicted Illinois killer was found guilty Wednesday of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago. Orange County jurors convicted Andrew Urdiales of five counts of murder with enhancements for attacking a volunteer usher after a college piano...

Guatemala: 4 ex-officers convicted of 1981 rights abuses

May. 23, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Four retired high-ranking military officers in Guatemala were convicted Wednesday of crimes against humanity and other charges in the 1981 rape and torture of a young woman and the disappearance of her teenage brother. The decision, the first court judgment over a forced disappearance...

Makeup artist to disguise witnesses in Mafia boss trial

May. 23, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two government witnesses in the trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme will be disguised by a "movie-industry" quality makeup artist to protect their identities. Judge Allison Burroughs agreed to the plan Wednesday to protect the identities of two inspectors...

Man found guilty of stabbing teen girl

May. 23, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of murder in the fatal stabbing of his teenage girlfriend. Prosecutors say Nickolas Lacrosse, of Springfield, stabbed 17-year-old high school senior Kathryn Mauke 32 times in her own home in February 2015 because he was angry she had...