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Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video. Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for...

Paul's lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Jan. 18, 2019 3:01 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul never shies away from speaking his mind, but his attorneys are asking a Kentucky judge to make the Republican lawmaker's political beliefs off-limits at his upcoming trial against the neighbor who tackled him while he was doing yard work at his home. Paul suffered...

Key players in trial of Chicago cop who killed black teen

Jan. 18, 2019 11:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A look at some of the key players in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who was convicted of second-degree murder in October for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald. LAQUAN MCDONALD On the October 2014 night Laquan McDonald was shot to death, he...

Ex-judge: Romania ruling could collapse murder trials

Jan. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court ruling that Romanian prosecutors obtained evidence illegally could collapse murder and child pornography trials in the country, a top legal expert said Friday. Romania's Constitutional Court ruled this week that secret protocols signed between the Prosecutor's office and...

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Jan. 17, 2019 8:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare...

Woman, testifying against El Chapo, details affair

Jan. 17, 2019 8:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind — fleeing with Guzman and others from authorities through an underground tunnel, her outlaw love interest...

Judge: New DNA evidence means man is entitled to new trial

Jan. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who has spent more than four decades in prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because new testing found his DNA wasn't on key pieces of evidence, a judge ruled. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976 fatal shooting of...

Belarusian model who claimed Trump info arrested in Moscow

Jan. 17, 2019 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Moscow on Thursday following deportation from Thailand. Moscow police said in a statement carried by Russian...

Correction: El Chapo-Prosecution story

Jan. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 16 about testimony in the trial of alleged drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, The Associated Press erroneously spelled the last name of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. He is Victor Vazquez, not Vasquez. A corrected version of the story is below: US agent: Mexican...

Germany: Love Parade trial headed for inconclusive end

Jan. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The trial of 10 people in Germany over a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010 appears likely to be closed without a formal verdict. Four event organizers and six city workers went on trial in Duisburg in 2017 on charges including involuntary manslaughter and...