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This 2015 photo provided by Shawn Nolan Chief, Capital Habeas Unit Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, shows Dustin Higgs at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Higgs, the last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996. Higgs is scheduled to be executed on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. ((Federal Bureau of Prisons/Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via AP))

Man convicted in 3 killings to be last executed under Trump

Jan. 15, 2021 3:38 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The last federal inmate facing execution before President Donald Trump leaves office was sentenced to death for the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge, a crime that led to a life sentence for the man who fired the fatal shots. Dustin Higgs, 48, who is scheduled...

Christina Bollo of Urbana, Illinois, holds a sign as she protests the execution of Corey Johnson, near the Federal Correctional Complex, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection

Jan. 15, 2021 11:46 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead. Corey Johnson's execution went ahead...

Norway: Former minister's ex-partner gets 20-month sentence

Jan. 15, 2021 8:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The ex-partner of Norway’s former justice minister was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail Friday for setting a fire outside the politician’s home and other threatening behavior. The Oslo District Court found Laila Bertheussen guilty of setting fire to a...

Faisal Siddiqi, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Lawyer for Daniel Pearl's family faces uphill legal fight

Jan. 15, 2021 5:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl faces an uphill battle to overturn the acquittal of a British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder. That's because the prosecutor in the original case tried all four men — including Ahmed Omar Saeed...

FILE - Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, foreground, departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Giannulli is asking to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli's lawyers said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Giannulli believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home

Jan. 14, 2021 6:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli, who reported to a California prison in November for...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. Urbanski, who stabbed a Black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus, was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to life in prison for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Man gets life prison sentence for killing on college campus

Jan. 14, 2021 6:35 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A white man who stabbed a Black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for what prosecutors claimed was a racially motivated hate crime. Sean Urbanski, 25, apologized to the...

Dallas to rename street after shooting victim Botham Jean

Jan. 14, 2021 4:05 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the renaming of a stretch of street after Botham Jean, a Black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own. The vote Wednesday to rename the stretch of South Lamar Street...

FILE - In this July 31, 2000, file photo, Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, poses during an interview in Houston. Caldwell a Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has been sentenced to six years in prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars. Caldwell was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Shreveport, La., where he and his co-defendant Gregory A. Smith, were indicted in 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)

Texas megachurch pastor sent to prison for fraud scheme

Jan. 14, 2021 1:51 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has been sentenced to six years in prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, 67, was sentenced Wednesday in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he and his co-defendant, Gregory A....

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Corey Johnson, A federal inmate scheduled to be executed less than a week before President Donald Trump leaves office was a gang member who was sentenced to death for killing seven people in Richmond, Virginia in 1992. Johnson is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Drug dealer convicted in 7 killings could face execution

Jan. 13, 2021 7:06 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was one of the worst bursts of gang violence Richmond had ever seen. At least 11 people were killed in a 45-day period in 1992, all at the hands of gang members who eliminated anyone they thought would get in the way of their growing crack cocaine business. Corey Johnson, who was...

Man sentenced to life in slaying of teen, 14, in alley

Jan. 13, 2021 1:17 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a 14-year-old youth lured into an alley and gunned down in eastern Pennsylvania 3 1/2 years ago. A Berks County jury last fall convicted 26-year-old Reynold Henry of second-degree murder and firearm offenses in the July...