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Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

Jun. 21, 2018 7:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent. Sheikh Ali Salman headed the...

Plea set for Mississippi man in rape and killing of nuns

Jun. 21, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to the 2016 killing of two Roman Catholic nuns. Rodney Earl Sanders is scheduled to enter pleas in an agreement that a prosecutor says averts the possibility of the death penalty. District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver has...

German court quashes far-right politician's arson conviction

Jun. 21, 2018 5:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has overturned a far-right politician's conviction for burning down a building intended as refugee housing, and ordered a retrial. In a ruling published Thursday, the Federal Court of Justice quashed the February 2017 conviction of Maik Schneider, a local politician...

Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Jun. 21, 2018 5:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near...

Australia court convicts woman of murdering mom to gain kids

Jun. 21, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian jury convicted an infertile woman on Thursday of murdering a mother-of-four in a plot to gain custody of the children. Christine Lyons, 47, was found guilty in the Victoria state Supreme Court of murdering Samantha Kelly in January 2016 in a bungalow they shared...

Judge appears skeptical of Trump suit against California

Jun. 21, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical of some of the Trump administration's key arguments for seeking to block three California laws intended to protect immigrants, questioning the scope of federal power over immigration during a lengthy court hearing on Wednesday. Judge John Mendez...

California court hears tales of shackled, starved children

Jun. 21, 2018 2:10 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Two pale, malnourished girls are photographed shackled to bunk beds. Their sister, who surreptitiously snapped the photos, is heard pleading in a 911 call for someone to come and save her siblings. "They will wake up at night and they will start crying and they wanted me to call...

Defense: preserve most evidence in Florida school shooting

Jun. 21, 2018 2:04 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are asking a judge to order investigators to preserve most evidence in the case, except for the building where the Valentine's Day massacre took place. A hearing was set Thursday on motions seeking to preserve...

Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Jun. 21, 2018 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near...

Jurors in Mafia boss trial to start 3rd day of deliberations

Jun. 21, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors are heading back to federal court for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former New England Mafia boss charged with killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago. Jurors in the Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme case left the Boston courthouse Wednesday without...