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Testimony continues in sentencing of Freeman school shooter

Aug. 16, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Testimony resumed this week in the sentencing hearing for a man who killed one classmate and wounded three others at Freeman High School five years ago. In September 2017, then 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe brought several firearms to school and opened fire on his...

Case against Alex Jones can proceed, Connecticut judge says

Aug. 15, 2022 21:23 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday cleared the way for a defamation lawsuit in Connecticut to proceed against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The case was filed by relatives of some victims of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary...

School shooter's brain exams to be subject of court hearing

Aug. 14, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A defense mental health expert in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz can pinpoint when he realized the 23-year-old mass murderer still has “irrational thoughts” — the two were making small talk when Cruz began describing plans for an...

Beto O'Rourke responds to heckler over Uvalde with expletive

Aug. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke responded to a heckler at a campaign stop with an expletive after the Texas gubernatorial candidate heard a cackled laugh while criticizing the ease with which the Uvalde elementary school gunman legally purchased an AR-15-style rifle. By...

What's next for Alex Jones after $49M Sandy Hook verdict?

Aug. 10, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The nearly $50 million defamation verdict against Alex Jones for his years of lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is far from a final reckoning. Jones' attorneys plan to appeal and try to lower the price tag a Texas jury put on his false claim that...

School dean who shot student pleads guilty to federal charge

Aug. 10, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston high school dean already in prison for shooting a student he recruited to deal drugs has pleaded guilty to a federal gang-related charge. Shaun Harrison, 63, who was known by students at The English High School as “Rev,” pleaded guilty in Boston...

Parkland shooter's prosecutor had bloody facts on his side

Aug. 07, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor seeking to sentence Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz to death let the facts speak for themselves as he presented his case: terrifying witness accounts; heartrending statements from parents and spouses; chilling surveillance videos; gruesome autopsy...

Alex Jones’ $49.3M verdict and the future of misinformation

Aug. 06, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

Alex Jones is facing a hefty price tag for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — $49.3 million in damages, and counting, for claiming the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax — a punishing salvo in a fledgling war on harmful misinformation. But...

Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M more over Sandy Hook lies

Aug. 05, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury on Friday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he must pay for the suffering he put them through by...

How Alex Jones' bombastic behavior impacts him in court

Aug. 05, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones bulled through the first of several trials against him that could decimate his personal fortune and media empire in his usual way: loud, aggressive and talking about conspiracies both in and out the courtroom. It was...