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Jury selection begins in Nebraska murder, dismemberment case

Sep. 24, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a woman charged with killing a 24-year-old woman who disappeared after a Tinder date and whose dismembered remains later were found in trash bags along remote gravel roads in Nebraska. Bailey Boswell, 26, faces the death penalty if convicted of...

Special Prosecutor Fredrick D. Franklin speaks during a press conference in the Omaha City Council Legislative Chambers of the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center in Omaha on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (Lily Smith/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Prosecutor: Bar owner wanted to 'ambush' people stealing

Sep. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during May protests had been waiting to “ambush” people who were breaking into businesses and stealing, a special prosecutor said Wednesday. Special...

This undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Steven Vogel. Police in Iowa have charged four people in the strangulation death of a man whose body was found burning last week in rural central Iowa ditch. Vogel, of Grinnell, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in the death of 44-year-old Michael Williams, of Grinnell, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said. ( Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)

Police say race not factor in killing of Black man in Iowa

Sep. 23, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

KELLOGG, Iowa (AP) — The killing of a Black man whose body was found bound and burning in a rural central Iowa ditch last week prompted fears of a hate crime carried out in the midst of racial strife roiling the country, but authorities stressed when announcing arrests in his death that evidence didn't...

An honor guard with the American Legion Post 374 of Millard wear face masks against COVID-19 present arms during the graveside service of David Owen Cary at the Omaha National Cemetery in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after...

Nebraska man charged in protester’s death dies by suicide

Sep. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white business owner charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during protests in Nebraska has died by suicide days after his indictment, his attorney said Sunday. Jacob Gardner, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found dead Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon,...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, front left, shakes hands with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, front right, after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Big Ten's third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference's regular-season and the latest date the rivals have ever played. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Huskers get tough draw; UCF rising star

Sep. 19, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

For the second straight weekend, the Big Ten made news without playing. Last week, the conference was in the process of putting together a restart plan for football. On Saturday, the Big Ten released its schedule 3.0, doing it a little bit at a time on Fox's Big Noon Kickoff pregame show. The Big Ten also took...

Couple wedded in Nebraska celebrates 85 years of marriage

Sep. 18, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ralph and Dorothy Kohler are celebrating their wedding anniversary — for the 85th time. WOWT-TV reports that he was just 17 and she was 16 when they tied the knot on Sept. 17, 1935, at the Burt County Courthouse in Tekamah, Nebraska. “Everybody said it would never...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Penn State running back Journey Brown (4) celebrates his third quarter touchdown run against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and said it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

Reverse: Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

Sep. 16, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse Wednesday and said it...

Special prosecutor Fred Franklin announces charges in the shooting death of James Scurlock during a press conference at the Omaha city council legislative chambers on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

New evidence key to charges in Nebraska protester's death

Sep. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This week's decision to charge a white bar owner who fatally shot a Black man during a chaotic night of protests in downtown Omaha months after the shooting was deemed self-defense highlights how difficult it can be to sort out these cases. The key difference in the Omaha case is that...

Scurlock family attorney Justin Wayne and members of the Scurlock family, including James Scurlock II, right, talk about special prosecutor Fred Franklin announcing charges in the shooting death of James Scurlock on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Grand jury charges Nebraska bar owner in protester's death

Sep. 16, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A white business owner who fatally shot a Black man during civil unrest in downtown Omaha this spring has been charged with manslaughter and other charges. A grand jury announced its decision Tuesday in the May 30 shooting of 22-year-old James Scurlock on Tuesday. Douglas County Attorney...