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Chicago-area man gets 24 years for student's drug death

Feb. 23, 2019 4:26 PM EST

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man convicted in the drug-induced death of a Spanish foreign exchange student has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. DuPage County Judge Liam Brennan sentenced 38-year-old Francis Emanuele of Downers Grove to 20 years behind bars Friday night for the drug-induced...

2 men ordered to trial in deaths of 2 Pennsylvania men

Feb. 23, 2019 4:01 PM EST

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been ordered to stand trial in the slayings of two western Pennsylvania men reported missing almost two years ago. A Somerset County district judge on Friday held 24-year-old Devon Wyrick of Columbus, Ohio, and 26-year-old Samson Washington, of Johnstown, for trial in...

Man charged after grandma dies; bed filled with maggots

Feb. 23, 2019 3:08 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged after his 87-year-old grandmother died and authorities say her bed was filled with live maggots. Brevard County Sheriff's deputies say Allen Arias brought an unresponsive Anita Arias to the hospital last month. The woman was covered in bed sores and...

Man takes stand to deny flipping woman to her death in river

Feb. 23, 2019 11:56 AM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of hurling a woman to her death in a northeastern Pennsylvania river two years ago took the stand to deny that he was responsible and accuse police of lying about an alleged confession. Ryan Taylor, 26, said Friday he blacked out after smoking synthetic marijuana with...

Today in History

Feb. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2019. There are 311 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated. On this date: In...

2 more charged in gang-linked murder in NYC subway station

Feb. 22, 2019 8:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say two more MS-13 gang members have been charged in a killing on a New York City subway platform. Victor Lopez and Tito Martinez-Alvarenga were arraigned Friday on charges including murder and gang assault in the shooting death of 20-year-old Abel Mosso in a Queens subway...

Colorado police to search landfill for missing mom's remains

Feb. 22, 2019 6:22 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado police plan to search a landfill for the remains of a woman whose fiance is charged with murdering the mother of his 1-year-old child. The search of the landfill in Fountain is scheduled to begin Tuesday. The Woodland Park Police cautioned in a written statement that it could take...

Judge dismisses charges over boy's death on waterslide

Feb. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A judge dismissed criminal charges Friday against a Kansas water park owner and the designer of a 17-story slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016. Wyandotte County Judge Robert Burns cited improper evidence in dropping second-degree murder charges against...

Governor orders more DNA testing in 1983 California killings

Feb. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention. Former Gov. Jerry Brown previously ordered testing of four pieces of evidence that...

Florida bank massacre suspect enters not guilty plea

Feb. 22, 2019 1:10 PM EST

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A man arrested in the fatal shootings of five women at a Florida bank last month has entered a plea of not guilty. Zephen Xaver filed the written not guilty plea Wednesday. He requested a jury trial and said he will likely file a motion challenging the legality of his indictment. Xaver...